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Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Susan Lyons Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Series:The Austen Project Release Date: April 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781490684147

Publisher Description

An unstoppable combination: Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Austen, as Sandy modernizes the story of Emma Woodhouse. Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19 and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath, and then returns to set up shop in her home village. With her educated eye for the coordination of pattern and colour, Emma thinks she can now judge what person would best be paired with another, and sets about matchmaking her young friend, Harriet, with various possible suitors. Little does she know she is not the only person encouraging romantic pairings in the village. As Emma's cupid-like curiosity about her neighbours, both young and old, moves her to uncover their deeper

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  • “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

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, and more. He has also written stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. In 2004 he was named the British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year. 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.