Arrogant, self-willed and egotistical, Emma is Jane Austen’s most unusual heroine. Her interfering ways and inveterate matchmaking are at once shocking and comic. She is ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and has ‘a disposition to think too well of herself’. When she decides to introduce the humble Harriet Smith to the delights of genteel society and to find her a suitable husband, she precipitates herself and her immediate circle into a web of misunderstanding and intrigue, from which no-one emerges unchanged. Juliet Stevenson, an incomparable reader, is for many the voice of Jane Austen
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good reader, but poor decisions on voices
Juliet Stevenson is certainly a decent reader, but for whatever reason whenever a character's thinking was narrated instead of spoken as a quote, she made the decision to use the character's voice instead of the narrator voice, which made it exceedingly difficult to follow who was speaking of whom. If Emma's thoughts were narrated instead of part of a dialogue, then using her voice made you think Emma was speaking of someone in the third person, instead of herself.
I did get a bit tired of the breathy quality of her voice though too, at times. Otherwise it was ok.