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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Susan Lyons Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Austen Project Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781490684147
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The best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series deftly escorts Jane Austen’s beloved, meddlesome heroine into the twenty-first century in this delightfully inventive retelling.

The summer after finishing her university education, Emma Woodhouse returns home to the village of Highbury to prepare for the launch of her interior-design business. As she cultivates grand plans for the future, she re-enters the household of her hypochondriac father, who has been living alone on a steady diet of vegetables and vitamin supplements. Soon Emma befriends Harriet Smith, the naïve but charming young teacher’s assistant at an English-language school run by the hippie-ish Mrs. Goddard. Harriet is Emma’s inspiration to do the two things she does best: offer guidance to those less wise in the ways of the world and put her matchmaking skills to good use.

Happily, this summer presents abundant opportunities for her to do just that, as many friends, both old and new, are drawn into the sphere of Emma’s occasionally injudicious counsel: Frank Churchill, the attractive stepson of Emma’s former governess; George Knightley, Emma’s brother-in-law and dear friend; the charming yet self-important Philip Elton; and, of course, the perfect and perfectly vexing Jane Fairfax.

Alexander McCall Smith’s gentle satire and cozy, old-fashioned sensibility prove to be the perfect match for Jane Austen’s wit and characters. Though carriages have been replaced by Mini Coopers and cups of tea with cappuccinos, Emma’s story is wonderfully timeless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McCall Smith brings all the wit and deft characterization of his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series to this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic….The lessons and pleasures of her tale are timeless.”

    People magazine

  • “With his fluent, soothing prose…[McCall Smith] takes Jane’s characters and invites them warmly into our world…We like his Emma, a contemporary small-town girl.”

    Washington Post

  • “McCall Smith’s charming prose and gentle humor marry marvelously with Austen’s iconic affairs of the heart, so well that the book reads like a Regency piece…This retelling gives Austenphiles an enjoyable opportunity to visit with the Woodhouse clan.”

    Library Journal

  • “[This] latter-day Emma possesses all the youth and beauty and a good deal of the wit of Jane Austen’s heroine….McCall Smith has written a delightfully droll, thoughtful novel that reflects on money’s enduring role in relationships as well as on the nature of this meddlesome heroine’s long-lived appeal. ”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The Jane Austen we know is delicious enough on her own, but Austen filtered through the mind of Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith could be the best of both possible worlds…This rewarding read is a fascinating pastiche of two of the most enjoyable writers in the British tradition.”

    BookPage

  • “Fans of Austen seeking any new retelling of her works will be well satisfied with Susan Lyons’ performance, which is calm and light, with tongue neatly planted in cheek.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He has also written numerous stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.

About the Narrator

Susan Lyons has appeared on numerous television shows, including A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Something in the Air, and All Saints. Among her film credits are Winds of Jarrah and In a Savage Land. She is married to Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays.