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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1816 and generally considered Jane Austen's finest work, Emma is a humorous portrayal of a heroine whose injudicious interferences in the life of a young parlour-boarder in a neighboring village often lead to substantial mortification. Austen brings to life a myriad of engaging characters as she presents a mixture of social classes as she did in Pride and Prejudice. Her two greatest comic characters are part of Emma's machinations: the eccentric Mr. Woodhouse and the quintessential bore, Miss Bates.

Delightfully funny, Emma displays the shrewd wit and delicate irony which made Jane Austen a master of the English novel. Although Austen thought that only she would like her witty, fanciful, self-deluded heroine, Emma has gained the affection of generations of readers.

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Wonderful!

Emma is Austen's most wrong-headed character, and her development into a woman needing forgiveness and becoming truly lovable is deeply engaging. The wonderful Nadia May reads flawlessly and, as ever, does justice to this excellent novel.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
  • 06-26-06

Lively Emma

What a listen! This audiobook sparkles with life. The voices and accents are well done and i felt that it really does justice to Jane Austen.

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Poor Emma, She Had it all Figured Out, Wrong

One of my favorite AAM (Austen Awkward Moment) occurred when the newly married Mr. Elton and Mrs. Elton (the woman he married) is thrown together with Miss Harriet Smith (the woman he was supposed to marry) and Miss Emma Woodhouse (the woman he wanted to marry). I struck with the different behavior by Austen's rejected suitors: Mr. Elton (E), Mr. Knightly (E who thought Emma was partial to Mr. Frank Churchill) Mr. Darcy (P&P) and Capt Wentworth (P). The latter three became determined and better persons, the former turned sour. Their real characters are revealed under adversity. Of course, one can go on for some considerable time with this theme alone in Austen novels.

Poor Emma, she thought she had a pretty good fix on things and found out that she didnt even know herself. I have read criticism (more like catty remarks) about Emma as snobby and elitist. I reject this view; I understand it but still reject it. Miss Emma Woodhouse was mistress of her world. She knew and embraced the strict rules governing it. She didnt make the rules but she lived by them. Unfortunately, for her, the rules were changing. Agrarianism and feudalism were giving way to city life and manufacturing evident by the newly rich Mr. and Mrs. Coles and other newly wealthy neighbors thrust upon her notice. Mr. Knightly, among others, deals with the new rules (unwritten BTW) and neighbors much better than Emma.

One confession: reading or listening, I often skip over the parts with Miss Bates. HoweverShe is a good, well meaning soul, funny and Nadia May does a splendid job bringing her to life Still, I can only tolerate her in very small doses. If I was stuck with her everyday like that poor Jane Fairfax, I would go absolutely off my rocker. I am reminded that I know many Miss Bates. I also know many Mrs. Eltons. After thinking that thought, Miss Bates is not so bad after all.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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One of the best!

One of Austen's best as far as I am concerned, and Nadia May is one of the finest narrators in the business.

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Literally painful to listen to

How could I NOT love this book? I adore Jane Austen and thoroughly enjoyed two versions of the movie of this tale. I was so very much looking forward to listening to it on a long drive.

Perhaps I am an illiterate dolt, but after two hours of enduring seemingly endless and pointless dialog with nasal high-pitched female voices droning on like chickens cackling (about NOTHING of substance and shallow characters I cared absolutely nothing about) I actually deleted this from my iPod. This feels like sacrilege, and I am sure there will be literary penance to be paid for such an abominable act. But perhaps I can save someone else the torture.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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annoying!

I love Jane Austen, love this story, and love listening to Nadia May. So why couldn't I listen to this book? I'm not sure if it was the tempo (too fast!), the voices she chose for the characters (too sharp and high) or a combination of the two, but this audiobook was incredibly irritating to listen to. I tried several times but finally gave up. The only reason I could give this three stars was that I know the book itself was good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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AWESOME!

Emma is excellently narrated. The characters and storyline are really brought to life. Great audio quality, too.

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  • Mark
  • Berlin, MA, United States
  • 08-31-18

Manners

Austen always wrote for the upper-class, and there are many times when that cuts through the narrative. But given that our contemporary middle-class lives at or above the levels of the country aristocracy portrayed here, many of us can still find it relatable.

And it is _so_ relatable! The foibles of young love are on parade here, and nobody, not even the primary protagonist, is spared. While we can watch and sympathize with Emma, we can also feel quite strongly when her behavior is brusquely called out. Correctly. Emma is capable of feeling shame (when it is deserved), and that was probably a rare trait in 1816, and not all that common now.

The narration was great; Nadia May gave distinct voices to the main characters, and even carried off the male voices admirably.

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A Classic

Good story, rather dry for a modern audience but still worth getting. Good to understand modern narratives like "Clueless".

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A Favorite Classic!

I've read Emma countless times and have listened to this particular narration a couple of times. I have about an hour and a half left for my third listen.
One of the reasons I love Emma is Mr. Knightley. He is the one person that can put Emma in her place. She has a good heart but is a bit self-centered and sometimes unaware of others feelings. Mr. Knightley calls her out on it. I normally don't give spoilers in my reviews but I will say, I love when Emma becomes aware of her feelings.

The Narrator does a capable job with all the accents and different characters, I think she does Miss Bates very well.

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  • Welsh Mafia
  • 06-28-08

My favourite Austen

There's a huge amount of Jane Austen current and faced with every Tom, Dick and Gwynneth, I thought it a good idea to go back to the originals and read them end to end from start to finish. Flagging in places, hitting on Emma it is apparent that the apotheosis of so much of Jane Austen's work rests on the character and interplay of Emma. It is a world out of this world, a place to turn to and relax and dream - the quality and wit, the depth of the shallowness - great stuff.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-16

Another wonderful and insightful

It gives an amazing insight into 18th century society. really well written by Jane Austen

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  • Harriet
  • 10-28-11

A master piece spoiled by the narrator.

Emma is a wonderful novel and too well known to describe but the American narrater has slightly slurry diction which is off putting.