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Emma | [Jane Austen]

Emma

Emma Woodhouse has it all: She's beautiful, rich and very clever - maybe too clever - but she also has too much time on her hands. So Emma decides to dabble in the lives of others, setting about making romantic matches - but why can't she find the right suitor for herself?
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Audible Editor Reviews

Jane Austen’s classic tale of matchmaking and misjudgment finds a fitting voice in the strains of performer Victoria Morgan, herself an acclaimed author of historical romance. Morgan displays an impressive knack for period acting, endowing the namesake Emma Woodhouse with elocutionary crispness and aristocratic self-assurance - fitting for a character that surely ranks among Austen’s most independent and strong-willed women. Even as Ms. Woodhouse’s tangled web of romance unravels before her, listeners are sure to be captivated and beguiled by this perfect match of performer and author.

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Emma Woodhouse has it all: She's beautiful, rich and very clever - maybe too clever - but she also has too much time on her hands. So Emma decides to dabble in the lives of others, setting about making romantic matches - but why can't she find the right suitor for herself?

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    Joseph South Bend, IN, USA 09-29-05
    Joseph South Bend, IN, USA 09-29-05 Member Since 2004
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    "The best of the best"

    I think Jane Austen is just about the greatest purveyor of English prose ever. "Emma" is plotted so well, the characters are so masterfully rendered, and the purity of her writing is so pitch-perfect that I can hardly say enough good things about this work. When Frank Churchill says that Mr. Knightley is "a man I cannot presume to praise" I know just what he means, because I feel the same way about Jane Austen's writing. Like other writers I admire (e.g., Anthony Trollope, Patrick O'Brian) she writes with economy -- every word seems carefully chosen, and no word seems wasted, and no word could have been safely left out. It's like drinking a fine wine, as opposed to the rousing fun of Dickens, who is a tankard of ale and plenty to eat besides. The reader is just right, too -- intelligent and properly English and good in her characterizations.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 04-25-04
    Wanda S Sauerland Reno 04-25-04 Member Since 2004

    Wanda the artist

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    "Great reading ..."

    The story of Emma is true to form in regards to Jane Austen. If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, you will enjoy Emma. Having seen the movie also helps to put a face on the characters. In my downloaded version, there were a couple of tracks that were hard to understand (muffled). But, not muffled enough to make me stop listening.

    I have read Emma several times in my life. This is my first audio version, and I thoroughly enjoy ed it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 03-02-13
    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 03-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Editing is a serious issue with this recording"

    This version jumps very badly between sections - repeating chapters already listened to.

    Also there was one part where a different part of the book showed up suddenly in the middle of a chapter.

    I had to check the real printed book for continuity.

    Overall, it was worth it. I love this book and the reading was good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tika Roseville, CA, USA 09-10-09
    Tika Roseville, CA, USA 09-10-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic Book, Unfortunate Editing"

    Emma should make anyone's list of Great English Literature. The whole book is filled with Austen's witticisms about human nature that can only come from keen observation. Ms. Morgan does a good job reading Emma (both the book and the character); however, she has a tendency to pause mid-sentence - possibly while turning a page? - and pick up again a moment later as if beginning a new sentence all together. It is rather disconcerting, as it takes the listener out of the story. I find the whole thing unfortunate, as I really enjoy Ms. Morgan's vocal talents and wish that her editors had done a better job taking out the pauses, breaths and fits-and-starts that are so jarring to the listener.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 07-30-04
    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 07-30-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Well Read; Historical Perspective"

    I want to read a new book by Karen Joy Fowler called The Jane Austen Book Club, so I thought I should actually finish a real Austen book first. Since Emma is the book first read in the fictional book club of the book, I though I would go with that. This is a long, slow book that is very much unlike the most writing we see today, but that really didn't put me off. At times the pace was so slow, but then Austen would come up with some dialogue that was just such a funny comment on the very rigid and formal social structure the story takes place in. I don't really know much about Austen's writing, and maybe I am reading too much into it, but it seems that she really skirts the edges of confronting many of the social issues of her day. I also very much liked the insight into English life and the historical sources of current English culture. Overall good, but now time to move onto Fowler's book. One important point is taht Victoria Morgan does a GREAT reading job! So much of the text just goes on and on, but she really brings emotion to it!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle D. Lewis Los Angeles, CA 06-03-13
    Michelle D. Lewis Los Angeles, CA 06-03-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Played out of order"
    What disappointed you about Emma?

    For some reason part 2 was actually part 3 so when it started playing I was incredibly confused and there was a major spoiler...I ended up listening to the last part again and it all made sense. Other than that it was great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Esther United States 09-29-11
    Esther United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful but toneless voice"

    Morgan has a beautifully modulated voice, deep and lovely. But you cannot tell who's talking when there's dialogue, as she doesn't do "voices" AND there are no pauses between pieces of dialogue. Still worse, there is absolutely no expression in the dialogue. Emma saying, "Mr. Elton, surely you are speaking of Harriet," when she's trying to rebuff his proposal and Mr. Knightly saying "My boots were quite dry" sound EXACTLY THE SAME. I was trying to avoid the usual Nadia May route, but there's a reason why she's always at the top of the list!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 08-27-08
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 08-27-08 Member Since 2005

    Curtis

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    "Even as a Guy, I Love This Story"

    This book will be familiar to any of you guys who have humored your women by watching one of the TV adaptations of Emma. I have to admit that I like the story and movies of Emma almost as much as my wife does. The twists and turns in the plot and the wry humor that Austen injects are great fun. The clever turn of a phrase that Austen is so good at come across very well with this good narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 03-11-08
    Patricia 03-11-08
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    "Emma"

    An absolutely delightful novel, beautifully, beautifully read. Bravo!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    O. Pavlov CA,US 10-08-14
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    "Boring"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish the ending was different


    Was Emma worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The book was super boring. I felt as I have been going in circles, and actually I wouldn't want Emma as a friend. So she tries to connect her best girl friend to a nice guy which is her family friend. Then her best girl friend falls for this man and after Emma realizes she actually has feelings for this family guy friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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