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Publisher's Summary

An unstoppable combination: Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Austen, as Sandy modernizes the story of Emma Woodhouse.
Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19, and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village.
With her educated eye for the coordination of pattern and color, Emma thinks she can now judge what person would best be paired with another and sets about matchmaking her young friend, Harriet, with various possible suitors. Little does she know she is not the only person encouraging romantic pairings in the village.
©2014 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2015 Recorded Books
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1 out of 5 stars
By MadMadeleine on 08-11-15

A Uncharacteristic Miss

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By melanie moe on 05-09-15

I did not like this Emma.

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.

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35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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