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by | Read by Juliet Stevenson

Classics • 3.75 hrs. • Abridged • © 1815

Taking an academic tone, Stevenson's solemn reading, punctuated by interludes of classical music, gives the listener a feeling of being educated, rather than entertained. The abridgment is somewhat awkward at times and, though faithful to the story, loses track of the lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek tone that Austen had in mind. Stevenson's Emma sometimes comes off as mean or unpleasant in dialogues that were meant to poke fun at her capricious ideas. Though well paced and nicely produced, it's a little heavy-handed for a story meant more as comedy than drama. K.R. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 97]



Retail pak • Naxos AudioBooks • 1996

CS ISBN 9626345950 $16.98 • Three cassettes

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