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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • AS
  • 01-27-13

Performance Needs Editing!

Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Jane Leclercq?

I love Jane Austen and have listened to others that were very good. Jane Leclercq is ok, definitely not my favorite.

How could the performance have been better?

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.

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

None.

Any additional comments?

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Bad recording, not edited

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

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane Leclercq’s performances?

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.

What character would you cut from Emma?

Doesn't apply

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Of course a classic, but poorly read

Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, but I almost can't stand to listen to this version. The narrator's voice is annoying, she uses the same voice for all of the characters, and the recording is not edited at all, so you will often hear the narrator reading then re-reading the same passage, as if she thought her mistake would be edited out, but it never was. Very poor quality -- I thought Audible had some standards, but perhaps I'm mistaken in that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Needs Editing!!!

This really needed some editing, the narrator would often repeat lines, at one point she tried a line 3 times then went blah and tried again. At one point the turning of pages was audible, and she would call Mr. Elton Mr. Elliott instead.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Needs editing

Any additional comments?

There were so many instances in which lines were repeated and had not been edited out that it made listening to this very confusing. I am disappointed to have paid for this. This needs editing ASAP.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Always loved the story ...

But the voice of Jane Leclercq (by the middle of the 1st chapter) began to drone into a monotone with no inflection and when she read from male to female dialogue it was impossible to distinguish the changes in characters ... Didn't last into the 4th chapter !!
My fault for NOT listening to the Sample before buying !!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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reading not edited...

I guess you get what you pay for. lots if mistakes not edited out. at one point she flubbed the line and then said blablablabla...not edited out. some lines read couldn't distinguish who was speaking. not good at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible editing

This edition of Emma is the worst audiobook I've purchased. It's abysmally edited, with so many repetitions of phrases I lost count, sometimes three or more in a row. Additionally, Jane Leclercq repeatedly mistakenly called Mr Elton Mr Elliott, which made me wonder if she forgot she was reading Emma and thought she was reading Persuasion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Audio is below par

Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Jane Leclercq?

Yes, I would try another by the author but probably not by the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emma?

The realization that Emma loved Mr. Knightly and that he loved her!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Leclercq?

Kate Beckinsale

Did Emma inspire you to do anything?

Be kindly and non-judgmental.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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horrible!

don't buy this audio book. I love austen, but the narrator was horrible. it was not edited overall a painful experience

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Susie
  • 05-04-18

Absolutely awful intonation

I had to stop listening after 5 minutes. It was like the reader had been told to pronounce each sentence in the same way regardless of the what she was saying. Ruined one of my favourite books

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss E Stacey
  • 03-18-18

Robot narration.

This was a mission to get through. I've read the story before, and although it's not the most liked of her novels, I enjoyed it hugely. This, however, was absolutely horrid!
The narrator was stilted, monotone and boring. My mother genuinely thought it was a robotic software reading the story. I had to listen to it in small amounts. Shame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • zoe martin
  • 04-06-17

lovely story ruined by narration

the narrator did a poor job with this classic. I had to turn off after less than 5 minutes. will look for a better option!

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  • Mr. Roel Verhoeven
  • 05-12-16

poor story and highly annoying narration

maybe this story was good and had an interesting plot for it's day. most TV soap episodes nowadays are better than this (and I'm no fan). I'm aware this book is a classic, but just being old should not be enough to be highly regarded. in this case it seems that's just what happened.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • ana
  • 01-29-16

A good story but the narrator is not so good

Any additional comments?

I've read Emma many time and watched several different versions, but I just couldn't stick to this audio version, the narrator just didn't capture my attention and I found her a little annoying to listen to