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Emma by Jane Austen
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Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters.

Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." In the very first sentence she introduces the title character as "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich." Emma, however, is also rather spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives, and her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

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EMMA By Jane Austen VOLUME I CHAPTER I Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; and had, in consequence of her sister's marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early period. Her mother had died too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of her caresses; and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess, who had fallen little short of a mother in affection. Sixteen years had Miss Taylor been in Mr. Woodhouse's family, less as a governess than a friend, very fond of both daughters, but particularly of Emma. Between them it was more the intimacy of sisters. Even before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal office of governess, the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint; and the shadow of authority being now long passed away, they had been living together as friend and friend very mutually attached, and Emma doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment, but directed chiefly by her own... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 7 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 25, 2013
I disagree with all the negative remarks. She may have somewhat of an accent in the beginning, but as the story progresses she I think she does really well. Much better than some of the other books I've listened to on here. At least there is only one reader, instead of jumping to a new person with every chapter.
Reviewer: - August 16, 2013
Subject: Emotionless
The reader is awful!!!
Reviewer: - June 30, 2013
Subject: Emotionless and strong accent
Sorry, I don't want to be rude, but is the reader a native English speaker? The reading is difficult for me to understand.
May 30, 2013
Please give more care to choosing your readers. This one had an annoying regional dialect and lacked any expression. The monotone was very disappointing and hard to listen to for any duration of time.
Reviewer: - April 21, 2013
Subject: Robotic voice
The voice is very robotic, there is no emotion and is too fast. I have never read the book and was really looking forward to listening to it, but I am finding it such a drudge and I am sure I am missing some of the story.
Reviewer: - March 8, 2013
Subject: ...
I hold no complaint against any of Jane Austen's novels. The reason I give such a low rate to this audiobook concerns only the reader. Her lack of pitch and emotion transforms a masterpiece into a boring sequence of words. She makes no difference between narrative and dialogues, and she holds a certain tone that makes her sound robotic.
January 30, 2013
All Jane Austen's novels are great but sometimes difficult to understand for non-English-speaking people. But anyway I enjoy reading them and Emma isn't an exception. Only the voice of the reader of this book doesn't please at all for its having a disagreeable accent and a low degree of emotionality.

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