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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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2 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Kathryn on 12-28-12

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

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1 out of 5 stars
By Susie on 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

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3 out of 5 stars
By Miss E Stacey on 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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ana on 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

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