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  • Emma

  • A Modern Retelling
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 656

Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19, and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Uncharacteristic Miss

  • By MadMadeleine on 08-11-15

A waste of time

1 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A story that wasn't insipid!

What do you think your next listen will be?


Did Susan Lyons do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

It was "okay", but I'm probably viewing is poorly because I was disgusted with the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Emma?

I wouldn't have agreed to edit it.

  • England My England

  • Anglophilia Explained
  • By: Mark Dery
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 393

Downton Abbey has brought out the Anglophile in American fans of the hit TV series. But Anglophilia has a long history in America. Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege? At last, Anglophilia explained - in American, thank you.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Qualifies as my most irritating Audible purchase

  • By Emily on 02-23-14


1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It is had to imagine anyone who would enjoy it

What didn’t you like about Mark Ashby’s performance?

He sounded harsh and condescending

What character would you cut from England My England?

The author

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