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Emma

Emma by Jane Austen
By: (1775-1817)

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 - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 16, 2014
Subject: Not bad
When you start listening to this reader it is a bit disturbing. But as she goes on she gets much better, or you get used to her. She is very articulate and differentiates between most voices. I don't know if I could do as well. Enjoyed.
January 23, 2014
The reader has an extremely bizarre cadence which makes her sound extremely robotic.
Reviewer: - January 8, 2014
I think the reader did a alright job though she isn't my most favorite.
Reviewer: - November 18, 2013
Subject: Emma
They must have changed reader because the one I just heard this last week was a very good one. No foreigner accent and in dialogs she even deepened her voice to distinguish male lines from female ones. I really prefer just one reader per book, unless each character has its own reader.
November 18, 2013
I just couldn't finish this. It was too painfully narrated.
Reviewer: - November 8, 2013
This reading was not difficult to follow at all. It's true the reader has a bit of a lisp or accent, but I think she has good voice inflection and keeps a good pace. I quite enjoyed the reading. Like another reviewer said, it is leaps and bounds better than some of the terrible readers.
Reviewer: - October 26, 2013
Subject: Reader
Terrible reading - so sad to diminish this masterpiece
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.

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