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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who has never read the original might like this.
What was most disappointing about Alexander McCall Smith’s story?
The way the author lacked "understanding." His Emma was destructive and cruel. She over-served Elton without his knowledge and let him leave her home driving a vehicle. He wasn't killed, but the subsequent car wreck destroyed his reputation and his livelihood. She abused her power to persuade Harriet to pose nude for her portrait, though it was clear that Harriet was very uncomfortable. The author seemed to lack as much awareness as his heroine. It was creepy as well as disappointing. Cringeworthy!
What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?
I didn't like what she said, but she said it clearly.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Emma?
I would have suggested that he set it in Botswana and let the heroine be a person who did good things with good intentions that sometimes went awry.
Any additional comments?
So disappointed! I would not recommend this to anyone. Yes, I did listen to the entire thing. In horror. It was a bit like watching a train wreck. I wasted a credit.
57 of 58 people found this review helpful
Emma, believe it or not, is one of my favorite OF Jane's characters. This Emma, however, was impossible for me to like. She just came across as mean. I did find the story somewhat entertaining, but wish I'd spent my money elsewhere.
35 of 38 people found this review helpful