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Very easy listen and witty adaptation

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 18.08.2016

If you treat Jane Austen with blind deference and deem sex, swearing and pop culture vulgar you definitely should stay in your sweet and dated Jane-universe and away from this funny and well-thought-out update.
This book is so witty in transforming J.A.'s smart and satiric observations on society and love into a 2013 Cincinnati family and love story that continually comments on social absurdities and common prejudice against people outside the mainstream. Every detail and transformation is so interesting and striking that the whole story works. There are quite a few details where Sittenfeld chooses to leave the pattern of Jane Austen's original. Mostly, as in the case of Catherine de Burgh, Lydia, Mr Bennet and Cousin Willy I really like the update because it's either less sexist or more realistic than in P&P. E.g. Lydia's vulgarity and carelessness are commented on but in a two-fold way. She actually is a strong and free character. In that way, social norms are dealt with much freer than in Jane Austen.
Mostly, it is such an easy listen and the "S.T." between Darcy and Liz is boiling.
Love!
HEligible,’ Curtis Sittenfeld’s Update of Jane Austen

So boring

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.08.2016

This adaptation really takes the meandering on characterisations from 19th century novels to a next level. People literally do nothing and the plot is hardly changed except for cars and stock market.
And the worst: It's Emma with the romance taken out of it: no sparks, no great conversations, Georg hardly enters the stage. I really do wonder what the aim of this adaptation was.

Too Long and too fixed on the original Austen version

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 09.06.2016

The author is not successful in making a believable 2000 version of Persuasion. (The Emma-book was much more convincing!) Many of the characters seem to be so much out of place and the inner turmoil of Anna and Rick doesn't seem real, there seems to be no reason for them not to follow their hearts much earlier in the book, just as the very short romance 10 years prior seems much too short lived to be the reason for this decade long misery. It all doesn't fit, the author should have freed herself more from the original.

The speaker reads much too high pitched and her different voices appear to ridiculous and comic. I couldn't enjoy the dramatic story.

Hmmm, nice, but very cliché

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.06.2016

Some bits in the plot just are not plausible: Emma thinking of Mark falling for Harriet or the hidden affair between Churchill and Jane Fairfax doesn't make sense in this modern narration.
All in all very romantic and nice characters.
Female speaker does a very good and calm job, without overdoing it, even the male characters sound rather natural.
The male narrator is just overdoing it: his voice modulation seems completely unnatural and his female voices all sound like very ridiculous and superfluousficial characters.

maybe too kitschy

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
3 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 11.04.2016

Unfortunately the love story becomes unbearably kitschy every time when in very romantic situations (...) a piano starts playing. This is very strange as mostly it's only the speaker's voice you hear. Just over the top.

The story is everything you expect from a proper chickflick (?), the overlapping of several storylines in time is interesting , but maybe not needed because the flashback story is more intense and makes the main story (elderly couple dealing with Alzheimer's) fade away or less interesting...
All in all, not bad, but the audio version is definitely overdone.