In rural 1800s England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest novel. The book has been adapted countless times to stage, film, and television.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
I love Jane Austen and have listened to others that were very good. Jane Leclercq is ok, definitely not my favorite.
There are so very many mistakes here it ruined the listening experience. The amount of line re-readings alone makes this a terrible performance. It is not the narrators fault these weren't edited out, but I wish I would have purchased a more expensive version so I could have actually enjoyed it.
The narrator uses exactly the same voice for every character. Even though I have read this book many times, it made it difficult to follow.
I read so I can write
This classic is an excellent book, but this recording has a lot of problems. There are others to choose.
Better reader, actually editing it. There were many, many repeated lines and the reading was so rushed that it made me anxious while I listened, not just through parts but the whole book.
The story was typical Jane Austen, who's other books I have thoroughly enjoyed. I don't think it was the story but the presentation. I'm going to look for another recording.
Definitely not. I have written down her name so that I don't make that mistake again. I am usually a very easy person to please but listening to this book was so painful that I want to warn others.
The reader mispronounced "Mr Elton" as "Mr Elliott" for several chapters and the intonation is consistently incorrect.
It sounds like she doesn't understand what she is reading. Really spoils the story, don't buy this one!
Wish I could get my money back!
I love fantasy, history, and historical fiction. Lit classes were always my favorites.
I enjoyed the story, but the recording isn't that good. There were bloopers and alternate takes left in the track. Still, it's pretty cheap and not terrible for its flaws.
It's a lot like Austen's other books. There are young socialites who love to gossip, have balls, and hope to marry rich men. They're not my cup of tea, but I like listening to them better than I like reading them.
Despite the audio flaws, Leclercq isn't a bad narrator. If the production had been edited, I would have rated the performance higher.
I'm not that big a fan of Jane Austen novels. Cluesless is based on Emma and I recommend that.
If you can overlook some recording blips, the narrator does a good job, it doesn't cost much, and the story is entertaining for Austen fans.
While Jane Austen remains one of my favorite authors, and Emma is well-written and amusing, this recording is atrocious. The narrator's droning voice leaves much to be desired. All characters seem to speak with the same voice, accent, inflections and cadence. At times it's impossible to know who is speaking in a conversation. In addition to this, the second part of the download has not been properly edited. There are many places where the narrator did more than one take, and all versions are included. This creates almost a stutter of repeated phrases and sentences. Extremely unprofessional. Do yourself a favor, and choose a different narration of the book.
Yes, I loved listening to the dialogue as opposed to reading it
Emma, feisty, smart-- a 21st century person living according to early 19th century customs in a world very different from our own.
she made Emma come alive and her reading rendered the other characters equally believable and real
When Emma realized the damage her meddling had done to Harriet's life, and she apologized.
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