The main character, Emma Woodhouse, is described in the opening paragraph as "handsome, clever, and rich" but is also rather spoiled. Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart.
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Emma was written by Jane Austen - enough said! In my opinion, Jane Austen is the greatest author ever to have written in any language at any time. Of her books, I like Pride and Predjudice, Persuasion and Emma the best (in that order). Jane Austen had the ability to understand people and human nature, and the talent to create characters and write about them in the most revealing and illuminating way. She created quite a few memorable characters in this book and Emma is the most fascinaing of them. Emma has a good heart but is still immature and arrogant in her view of other people. Emma's father's preoccupation with his health, and the health of others, is very humorous and quite reconizable (you probably know someonw like him). Mr. Knightly is the embodiment of a gentleman (and sexy too!), Mrs. Elton is disgusting, and I could go on and on. The book has much humor and a great romance. There is great passion without the author resorting to writen graphic sex scenes. Jane Auten's romance is so much more passionate and intense because there is no graphic sex. Everyone in the world should read or listen to a Jane Austen novel and Emma is a good one to include. The reader of this production is very good - the accents and interpretations of the characters are good, and the reader's personality does not overpower the production - the reader let's the writing and the story come first, which they should since they are superb.
I like Emma - it's a bit strung out and visions of Clueless come to mind throughout but it's a classic tale written with a great sense of humour.
Emma's sister and father discussing the merits of a good gruel. The conversation took such a turn as to shout Jane's wonderful sense of humour.
I didn't care for her voice at first but I quickly grew to appreciate her efforts to give all the characters (and they are numerous) differing voices. She does a good job, and like all good stories, the tale takes over from any distractions fairly quickly.
Keep an ear out for the gags - they pop up without warning and can be quite startling.
It is Jane Austin, so if you like Jane Austin then it is for you. The narration is good while the recording quality is less than ideal it did not hinder the story.
"Excellent listening - As only Jane Austen can be"
I find that whatever my mood Jane Austen is the balm that soothes most ills.
Her characters are timeless. The eloquence of the characters, whether they be the affluent or the less so, in my mind are perfection personified.
Emma encompasses all that is best in Jane Austens novels
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