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A comedy of manners, Emma portrays the spoilt, snobbish, yet charming Emma Woodhouse as she delightfully interferes in the relationships of others without taking much notice of her own heart. Although quick to make prejudgments and decisions, Emma is eventually able to notice her mistakes, and it is this revelation that makes her an endearing heroine and an inspiration to women throughout. Austen has not only created, but also brought to life the world inhabited by her characters through her vivid depictions and clever use of wit. The novel begins with the introduction of the twenty-year-old protagonist described by the all-knowing narrator as “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich with a comfortable home and happy disposition”. He also warns readers of Emma’s high self-confidence and her efforts of having everything her way. Living on the large estate of Hartfield in Surrey with her elderly widowed father, Emma is satisfied with her life and sees no need for romance or a marriage of her own. Instead she views herself to be quite the matchmaker after attending the wedding of her former governess and best friend Anne Taylor and Mr. Weston, whom she has introduced to one another. This new role as matchmaker is further inflamed when she befriends the sweet but not so bright seventeen-year-old Harriet Smith. Emma is determined to find a suitable match for her new best friend and believes that Harriet deserves a gentleman and nothing less. A trusted friend and brother-in-law, George Knightley appears to be the only person openly criticizing Emma’s actions and pointing out her faults. As the novel progresses so does the positive transformation of Emma as she evolves from her self-centered ways into a sympathetic woman well aware of others and her own desires. Emma is often labeled as Austen’s most flawless piece of work, as she explores social issues concerning the difficulties women face living in a society and time when social status defined their very existence. A classic depiction of youthful pride and a misinterpretation of signs, Emma is not without reason celebrated as one of the most revered social comedies.
I like the book so far, but I don’t understand everyone’s quarrel with the reader... she isn’t perfect, but I find her reading soothing and calm.
I can't with this reader. I tried. It's so flat and boring. Unfortunate for a great book.
Very hard to follow, reader sounds robotic, no emotion, lost interest after first chapter. Rather watch the movie.
Terrible reader. Didn't make it halfway. Please get a reader with expression.
I have a slight obsession with Jane Austen, so this review may be a bit biased. Take it as you will. Emma is a wonderful story and I love it. The reader is great and easily understood. Some Librivox readers are irritating and sound like robots or are boring. But this reader did really well with Emma.
Even the robot is better than the reader.
I loved this book, and it I have realized that I love audio books better than books! Really good job!
A real pageturner,simply a classic
reader sounds robotic, very hard to follow and stay interested in listening.
I'm vey sorry to have to write this review, but this is a terrible narration of this book! The reader's singsong voice is extremely distracting! I know this book inside out and it was even hard for me to listen to it ! Please consider another reader! :-/
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