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Emma

Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

Emma is a literary classic by Jane Austen following the genteel women of Georgian-Regency England in their most cherished sport: matchmaking. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied. After a couple she has introduced gets married, she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities and, blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives, proceeds to forge ahead in her new interest despite objections. What follows is a comedy of manners, in which Emma repeatedly counsels her friends for or against their marriage prospects, absent any notice of their true emotions or desires. This story is often cited as a personal favorite of critics and literary historians, and Emma is set apart from other Austen heroines by her seeming immunity to romantic attraction.

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Good could be better

I love this classic piece by Jane Austen, but I'm not a fan of the narrator. Every character sounded conceited and condescending.

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Prefer a book read, rather than performed

The reader had an excellent voice, and paced well. The same gripe as another reviewer: too much interpretation I never found in the written original, in the voicing of the characters, for my taste.

Eg, Mr Knightley is 37 years old, the romantic hero, but voiced as unbearably pompous and pedantic. The characters were mostly rendered less likeable. Mr Woodhouse and Miss Bates were very well done though, imho. Best performance of the latter I've seen/heard.

Story is great, of course.

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Upon my word!

At nineteen hours long, this is a challenging listen. The story has an array of amusing sentences and the constant ‘miss’, ‘mrs’ and ‘mr’ references, even between close family members, is certainly of its time. The garrulous Miss Bates was a favourite character of mine and was narrated wonderfully by Anna Bentinck.

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Amazing

Amazingly wordy yet beautifully executed writing. I just loved reading it and finished it in a few days.