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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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Au global
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Histoire
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Lovely reading

This is a beautiful, quite funny story that is beautifully read. Thoroughly enjoyable! I found Emma a little annoying at the beginning but the story is so engaging that by the end I was cheering for her!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

A favourite

it's a great classic. Nadia May read with elegance and feeling. Definitely will listen again.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

A classic done well

The narrator is excellent. She gives all the characters different voices and changes up accent where appropriate (I.e. more posh or less posh)
The story is good, shallow easy listening if taken at face value or interesting satire on the upper classes of Britain if you want to dig a little deeper.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

if only Mrs. Bates talked less!

definitely a great book, and one I do not regret listening to. It's fun to see the different style, social politics of the time and overall a very good capture of feminine character, both virtue and faults which I think can even be held up to be accurate to modern standards, only with different airs. There is no doubt that Jane Austin captures an honest human essence in her characters which even with the flowery Victorian language still holds over time.
however it definitely felt long and dragged even though it came to a satisfactory conclusion (a conclusion which lacked the characters human honesty, but captures perfectly the desire of the audience: to have a sweet fairy tail ending)

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Dullness of England in early 19th century

Jane Austen masterfully conveys the dullness and boredom of upper class life in rural England in early 19th century. Most interesting character is, of course, Miss Bates! She embodies pretty much everything this book is about (minus love affairs, if you're into that sort thing). I do not regret having read this book.

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

This was not to my taste.

Boring book. it got semi good at chapter 49, there's 55 in total. didn't really like the narrator either. Got the book for free so I listened to it.

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mel
  • 2018-09-19

Not for me, couldn't finish

I don't like giving up on books... but I couldn't get past the first 2 chapters. The narration was too fast making it extremely confusing as to who the characters were and I couldn't follow anything that was going on. I downloaded this book because it was free, and was my first Jane Austen book. I know it's supposed to be a classic and I was so excited to listen, but felt confused and disappointed. I would have returned it had it not been a free promotion. Sorry :( #Audible1

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • ms
  • 2018-09-18

Are you supposed to hate the main character?

Overall I really enjoyed the book, despite the fact that I really disliked the character Emma. #Audible1

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Disappointing performance.

I love Jane Austen and was looking forward to this rendition of Emma, it was dissatisfied by the reader. I found the reading monotone, too fast and the tone was somehow jarring. #Audible1

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

A classic for a reason

Nadia May is one of my favourite narrators for Jane Austen novels. She really brings the characters to life and manages to make each voice distinctive but not cheesy. It's a long and involved story that can sometimes make you a little frustrated with the main character but it's definitely worth the time! Emma goes through such a transformation from beginning to end without her notice and the reader (or listener in this case) gets to watch it all unfold. #Audible1

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathleen
  • 2007-07-16

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.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2010-09-30

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joseph R
  • 2009-06-20

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.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon
  • 2006-06-26

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.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Angela
  • 2008-10-14

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.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Chase Murphy
  • 2019-08-22

The most pointless book

There is nothing to be gained from this book but drivel. It's romcom from the 1900's with less excitement. If it's your fantasy to be a condescending shrew then this is the book for you!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sophia Rose
  • 2019-01-03

A Matchmaker Meets Her Match!

Each year, I read or listen to at least one of Jane Austen's novels, novellas, or letters. It had been some time since I picked up Emma so I was pleased to one-click the free version on Amazon and then upgrade for a dollar to the audio which was produced by Blackstone. I am hit or miss with their narrators, but Nadia May was fabulous. She had a good storytelling tone and pace, voiced the characters well, and was an overall good match for the story.

Emma is a wonderful novel set in an English Regency village. The plot is utterly character-driven and centers around a young, beautiful, woman of the gentry class who takes up matchmaking and improving an impoverished girl of obscure connections against the advice of family friend George Knightley all to rather interesting results.

And there ends my usual set up for a review. This book has plenty of reviews so I'm just going to ramble on about what jumped out at me on this latest experience with the book.

Austen said that Emma is a character that only she would love. That has always struck me. Emma happens to be liked by many even if she isn't their top favorite Austen heroine. Unfortunately, I have always been one of the crowd she was talking about who has never been enamored with Emma. I have read Emma a few times and love the overall novel and some aspects of Emma the heroine, but I can't get past her mistake of treating Harriet Martin like a project to alleviate her ennui. But, she has grown on me over the years. In fact, like all of Austen's heroines, I can see a little of myself in her particularly when I was her young age with mostly my wants and desires ruling my actions.

And, there, I suppose, I have learned to cut Emma some slack even if I still grind my teeth about toying with Harriet's future happiness. I can see just how sheltered and unsophisticated she is even though she is full of womanly grace, has pleasing manners, and comes from wealth and status. She's lived in a village all her life and doesn't travel to broaden her mind and experience. She doesn't read or spend time around learned people with the exception of Mr. Knightley who she dismisses as overly critical. The village doesn't offer her any real peers so there's a big fish in a small pond thing going on. No one else does anything, but praise her. That, right there- no one to hold up a true mirror to her- is what she really lacked. It is over the course of the novel that Emma realizes her folly when the influx of newcomers like Jane Fairfax, Mr. Elton, Frank Churchill, and Mrs. Elton, push her out of complacency and this brings changes showing she is not hopeless and is worthy of the gentleman who quietly waits for her to come into her own.

Each time I read this, something different stands out. This time, it was Mr. Woodhouse. While Emma's high-handedness with Harriet gets me a little irritated, it is Mr. Woodhouse- and Frank Churchill, I'll add- who get me seriously cranky. I know we all see Mr. Bennet as a lazy dad, Sir Walter as a terrible vain sort, and Sir Thomas as practically an absentee one from Austen's other novels, but Mr. Woodhouse tends to get a pass because of his illness and general silliness. However, when I thought about who could have been a larger influence on Emma other than just Mr. Knightley, it was Mr. Woodhouse who has her duty and show of respect. He can't care or see past his freakouts over his illnesses. He's silly so we laugh at him, but he's just as selfish and lazy as Mr. Bennet and Sir Walter and is lucky that Emma's going astray was not in the nature of Lydia Bennet's nor that her disposition wasn't that of Elizabeth Elliot's.

So, I had another enjoyable time with Austen's classic and learned to appreciate more about her writing through these characters going about their lives in the village of Highbury. I enjoyed seeing a young, promising heroine grow and appreciating the magnificence of Austen's Mr. George Knightley. New to me narrator, Nadia May, will be one I watch for.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Rainlily
  • 2010-11-14

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.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gypsy Travelers
  • 2007-12-21

AWESOME!

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

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Missee
  • 2021-09-23

Favorite Jane Austen

This book has supplanted every favorite I have had of Jane Austen's novels. I was alarmed by how extremely similar it is to the movie Clueless. I hadn't realized that Clueless was such a faithful retelling.

Nadia May did an excellent job at narrating. She did different voices for characters, though some were quite similar to others, and it made it quite easy to tell who was speaking. For the more insufferable characters, she made their voices quite irritating but not so much that I couldn't listen. One drawback I could see others having that didn't bother me in the slightest is that you could hear her swallow or re-wet her mouth between sentences, but it wasn't often enough to make it annoying.