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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.
(P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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By Kathleen on 07-16-07


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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By Simon on 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.

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By Welsh Mafia on 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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By Amazon Customer on 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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