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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,056,745 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Belinda Lang Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780000459
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Emma is one of the most delightful and strong-willed of Jane Austen’s heroines. Her attempts at manipulating other people’s lives through matchmaking start in fun but end in hurt feelings and the embarrassment of misconstrued romance—though this comical romance novel does come with a happily-ever-after solution to all the problems Emma causes. Throughout the story, Jane Austen loses no opportunity to describe with ironic wittiness the society of Highbury and the conventions of the day, and displays her powers as one of the era’s best writers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 2/20/2014

    " I might have liked this better if Emma had been more admirable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 2/20/2014

    " Possibly Austen's best work. I love how Emma represents the development of a human being; going from a proud know-it-all to a humbled, mature woman who realizes she knows less of the world than she thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Jean | 2/19/2014

    " extremely snobby, annoying people who have no jobs and do nothing but look for husbands and drink tea. sounds good to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A | 2/18/2014

    " while the writing is intriguing enough to encourage one to finish the book, the ending leaves a little to be desired. it ties everything up too neatly and quickly and one wonders how relationships ever lasted if this is how couples come together and marry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly Westerman | 2/18/2014

    " I read Jane Austen's entire collection during the summer of 2003 - except for Emma, for some reason. I couldn't get through the book, even though I loved the movie. I decided to try it again - and I have no idea what the problem was the first time around. Absolutely loved it, and i can see why people call it Austen's best. Complex story and characters that you can both love and hate. A sweet story that moves quickly. Really great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tieria's | 2/18/2014

    " Emma is an interfering pest, but I couldn't bring myself to dislike her in the least. God bless John Knightly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keru Faye | 2/16/2014

    " God, that was awful. Would have dropped it if it weren't for class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malcolm Kryptonite | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting characters and unmatchable wit. Nuff said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 2/16/2014

    " This one is close to a 5, I really liked it. And another thing is that the ending isn't as well known so you're not sure what's going to happen. It's not like Pride Prejudice where you know Elizabeth will end up with Mr. Darcy. Emma is an interesting girl who doesn't always make the smartest decisions but she tries to do things that will eventually help others. All in all it's a good and fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 2/14/2014

    " I honestly read this because of the title, the name intrigued me, and I have always heard rave reviews about how wonderful Jane Austen writes. Personally, I wasn't a fan of this book. However, the language used was enriching and the story is one of the best love circles in all of literature. Emma Woodhouse, a rich, single, and charismatic girl, is known for her ability to match people together (relationship wise). Emma realizes that maybe it is her time to find someone right for her. While she's on this adventure, she falls in love with an unexpected person, creating drama and a creative ending. I wasn't in love, nor did I hate, this book. The style Austen uses is very intriguing, but because of it's age, I got bored a lot throughout the reading process. On the contrary, the climax was too good to not enjoy. Overall, it is definitely a good introductory book to Austen's famed writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beaky | 2/11/2014

    " Re-read it for the second time, but this time via audio book table. Couldn't remember half the detail, and I always enjoy Austin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eveline Evans | 2/10/2014

    " While the story itself was first rate, it was hard to get through. The style of writing was tedious and the paragraphs long. Not easy reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlee Naylor | 2/10/2014

    " I love this book. I love Emma. Her character is so much fun. All her misguided actions are so enjoyable to read. The book is so funny with a perfect ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Lolonis | 2/10/2014

    " Austen's favorite heroine, one which took me a couple of reads to warm up to. Yet I can tell why Austen loved her so. Lovely gem of a book, a reverent study at the movement from self-delusion to self-awareness. Warm and true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 2/9/2014

    " Emma was not my favorite of Ms. Austen's work, but it was still good, interesting, and funny enough that I enjoyed it. I had a hard time liking Emma Woodhouse at first. I much preferred to read about Elizabeth Bennett or Eleanor Dashwood. But Ms. Woodhouse showed more growth throughout her story than did the other Jane Austen heroines I know. As usual, expect a happily ever after, fairy tale-like ending. A satisfying ending to a satisfying book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 2/8/2014

    " Now, I used to think Austen was just for girls. Consider: she wrote while the Napoleonic Wars were going on, but the most exciting thing that happens in any Austen novel is that the heroine drops a teaspoon. But that's just it -- the deliberately tiny canvas makes every nuance look enormous, and this is the very essence of these delicate but deceptively barbed comedies of manners. Austen is the best prose stylist in the English language, and Emma is one of her best and funniest works. Do I need to tell you the plot? Go and see the film Clueless, which is Emma done properly -- that is, with irreverence -- set in modern California, and much better than the staid period version with Gwyneth Paltrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/6/2014

    " 4.5 Stars Jane will always be in a league of her own! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Nava | 2/4/2014

    " Second favorite from Jane Austen. Absolute whimsy and again wish there were more of these men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxana Fernández | 1/29/2014

    " A classic book in the style of Jane Austen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Itzam | 1/27/2014

    " Superficial... but interesting to read so... read it jejeje "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tweetybird | 1/27/2014

    " Classic. They don't make 'em like they used to! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lolita | 1/26/2014

    " Jane Austen has been a beloved author for years. I love the picturesque settings and the quaint old-fashioned customs, yet having said that it still remains timeless. Jane Austen is an observer of people and she has a keen eye in observing and bringing to life peoples good qualities and follies. Ms. Austen has a wicked sense of humour which is at its funniest in Emma, a heroine, the author admits, nobody will like but herself. Picnics and dances are certainly to be found in the pages of this book, but there is sometimes a hint of the dangerous beneath the beautiful facade, for example the gypsy scene in this book, which has the ability to unnerve its readers after pages or tranquility. It doesn't hurt that every leading man in her novels is dashing and swoon worthy. :D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/26/2014

    " Couldn't get through it. "Dull" is a nice way to describe any of Austen's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 1/25/2014

    " The love story of Emma, who shall never marry, and all those she tries to arrange marriages for, since she is so sensible. Her plans go awry, and no one she arranges ends up as planned, especially herself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 1/25/2014

    " LOVED IT!!!! Just waiting for my Mr. Knightley to come along..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deverna Williams | 1/23/2014

    " Another simple but good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pinky Salvanera | 1/21/2014

    " totally unpredictable. xD it was so boring at first because I wasn't used to this sort of novels. i've only read YA novels and the vocabulary used on those is what we use in daily conversations. The vocab in this though, I took a long time getting used to. I had to pause reading and search for the meaning of some crazy words on my dictionary. Haha! Fun read though. Five stars. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralitsa Koleva | 1/21/2014

    " I expected a lot more. This one was kind a boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geri Degruy | 1/20/2014

    " This is my favorite Jane Austin, and I love Jane Austin! Emma is charming and endearing and funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/20/2014

    " My favorite Jane Austen Novel laced with humor as Emma learns valuable lessons of love and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sawsan | 1/20/2014

    " I like jane austen's novels a lot,first of all because i love happy endings, the second reason because they take me back in time where women spend the day in reading, talking and playing music,and the last one is about the characters of her novels, they are full of life and emotions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/19/2014

    " I love this book! I know most people don't like this Austen novel as much, but I adore it! I think it's Austen's funniest novel and it's length allows you to be invested in not just the main characters, but in Emma's entire community. I love the evolution of Emma and Knightley's relationship. If you already know the ending, there are a lot of extra little moments of the story to notice throughout the book. Read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin Bevis | 1/19/2014

    " I actually really liked Emma. I thought the story was very sweet. Sure there was a good bit of classism, but if you ignore all that the story line was pretty good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/19/2014

    " My second favorite Jane Austen book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jj | 1/18/2014

    " This book was very in depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kami | 1/18/2014

    " I give up. Maybe I'm just not in a Jane Austen mood but I finally gave up on liking Emma or caring at all for her self absorption. This is not as clever as Pride and Prejudice nor are any of the love stories or characters all that interesting. I wish I liked it more (I did love Clueless!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judie Mccourt | 1/16/2014

    " last read this for a level English - enjoyed it and appreciated the subtleties "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/16/2014

    " As usual, a brilliant study of human nature and relationships. Hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe Cook | 1/16/2014

    " I read this before the Gwyneth Paltrow film came out and reread it after seeing the film. Now I can only picture Gwyneth Paltrow's portrayal of Emma - it's a little off-putting, however, it's still definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albertine Stavland | 1/14/2014

    " The female characters Austen creates is wonderful. Simply wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stormie Walston | 1/14/2014

    " A bit slow and trivial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Titi | 1/9/2014

    " I think I may have enjoyed this more than Pride and Prejudice. I especially liked the character development on Emma's part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/7/2014

    " Probably my favorite Jane Austen novel, or maybe a tie with Pride & Prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 1/6/2014

    " Emma is such a frustrating character but she grows on you after a point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/5/2014

    " Loved it. The characterization was superb. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Norma Toby Wilcox | 12/30/2013

    " Jane Austin not my fav "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delilah | 12/29/2013

    " What an awful lot of irritating characters! Jane Austen really astounds me in that she can make such an illogical main character endearing. Emma is a meddlesome young lady living at Hartfield with her health-obsessed father when she meets Harriet Smith, a beautiful but shy orphan. She sets out trying to get Mr. Elton and Miss Smith to marry, but not everything goes as expected. Emma is a wonderfully well-developed character. She learns a lot about herself and others and by the end of the book, she's SO different from how she started. At first she was nosy, presumptuous, and unaware of herself and others;but as the story unfolds, she matures and grows. Honestly, my favorite character was Mr. Knightley. So blunt! So honest and clever! I enjoyed every moment in which he appeared. The plot is very slow-paced, especially at the beginning. What makes up for it is Austen's sense of humor and wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/29/2013

    " Probably my favorite Jane Austen novel, or maybe a tie with Pride & Prejudice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marren | 12/27/2013

    " My least favourite Austen novel. Very irritating heroine who spoilt the story for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/26/2013

    " As an avid Austen fan from my teen years to my present state of newly retired, I would have to say (despite my love of Lizzy and Mr Darcy) that this is my favorite Austen classic! Emma grows up! She learns from her mistakes and in the end she reaps the benefits! We should all be so fortunate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Knorn | 12/26/2013

    " never loved emma as much as the others but still not bad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Norma Toby Wilcox | 12/25/2013

    " Jane Austin not my fav "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arika Harvey | 12/23/2013

    " A good read, but difficult to follow if you get caught up in the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/23/2013

    " While I enjoyed this book I didn't love it nearly as much as Pride and Prejudice. I also felt like in the middle the book dragged a bit and there were some superfluous events that could have been left out. Otherwise a great Jane Austen book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Lolonis | 12/22/2013

    " Austen's favorite heroine, one which took me a couple of reads to warm up to. Yet I can tell why Austen loved her so. Lovely gem of a book, a reverent study at the movement from self-delusion to self-awareness. Warm and true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Brown | 12/21/2013

    " Emma is young, rich and a snob but she is learning about life and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikola 'minyaliel' | 12/21/2013

    " Pure genious. Austen at her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria Rodriguez | 12/21/2013

    " Film adaptations are barely intriguing so the novel was barely sufferable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 12/20/2013

    " Fun, silly. And the journey love takes us on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/15/2013

    " I couldn't get into it but I did finish it. emma is a girl who wants to set her friends up for marriage but insist she will never marry. she is incorrect in both dealings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti Powell95 | 12/15/2013

    " Classic great book. Timeless tale! Still one of my faves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess Sullivan | 12/14/2013

    " My personal favorite of the Austin novels, a relatable character whose funny, attractive and sadly mistaken in matters of the human heart. Her ambitions to match others unfortunately makes her blind to her own desires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace Hinkle | 12/13/2013

    " I liked this almost as much as "Pride and Prejudice". The character Emma is gloriously flawed but you like her all the more in the end. You can't say that about many characters in literature. This is a must read for anyone who loves the classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn Rood | 12/13/2013

    " A great Austen - I may even like Emma better than Elizabeth Bennett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Ah | 12/10/2013

    " Although not my favorite Austen book, Emma is my favorite Austen character. She is meddlesome, spoiled, and witty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beaky | 12/9/2013

    " Re-read it for the second time, but this time via audio book table. Couldn't remember half the detail, and I always enjoy Austin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Lawson | 12/9/2013

    " I won't be running out to read another Jane Austen book any time soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/8/2013

    " I couldn't get into it but I did finish it. emma is a girl who wants to set her friends up for marriage but insist she will never marry. she is incorrect in both dealings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jadebooksit | 12/7/2013

    " Anything by Jane Austen is 5stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulina | 12/7/2013

    " 'If I loved you less, I might have been able to talk about it more.' Rest my case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri Stich | 12/5/2013

    " This was better enjoyed when I was younger!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg B. | 12/1/2013

    " I just finished the memoir of a Navy Seal so this seemed like an interesting choice to follow that up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla Squires | 11/29/2013

    " Not as good a story, but still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 11/26/2013

    " I love this book so much. I think it is probably my favorite of all of Jane Austen's novels. So, so great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasmine | 11/25/2013

    " I am a better matchmaker than Emma Woodhouse. I guessed them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 11/21/2013

    " I usually like Jane Austen. But the fact that I had to read this for school made me gag. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne Carter | 11/20/2013

    " A young 22-year-old Emma is busy matchmaking and making false assumptions about people (don't we do this too!) ; full of surprises "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Billerbeck | 11/19/2013

    " It's still Jane, but Emma is my least favorite heroine. She's too whiny for my tastes - and I should know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Peavey | 11/17/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. If you wanna try reading Jane Austen then I would highly recommend Pride and Prejudice before Emma. Although it was much better than Persuasion but not close to being as good as P and P. it dragged a little for me. However I do love Austen's style, so entertaining and very fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 11/12/2013

    " Are you female? Do you like books? Do you like bonnets? Then you live this already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 11/5/2013

    " Loved it! A little hard to get back into Austen at first, but the story and characters just draw you in. I hadn't read this in about 20 years so I had forgotten some of the plot-lines. Great, Great book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 11/5/2013

    " Not too shabby, but I'm still ranking it behind P&P and S&S as my top Austen books. Read this because SkyGirl wanted to see the musical playing at the Herberger Theater. I also enjoyed that, in a strictly musical theater sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Rice | 11/3/2013

    " Amazing! I love Jane Austen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 10/30/2013

    " I mean it's Jane Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 10/23/2013

    " The time line for this book is a period when women's objective was to find a husband. I did enjoy it. Emma saw herself as a strong person that was willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her family. It was an easy to read book, no confusing plots. All in all, predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destanye Baldwin | 10/22/2013

    " I loved this book. If you watched the movie clueless the characters and idea was based on this book !!! I loved that !!! It was a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Whitt | 10/15/2013

    " I loved this book! It was a little hard for me to get into it and get used to the formal English language, but after I adjusted, I thought it was wonderful. I did not want it to end! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane Ostler | 10/6/2013

    " Have tried reading Jane Austin but find it like wading through mud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ta N. | 9/20/2013

    " I like this one much better than Persuasion... some of the characters were so shallow it was irritating, until you got used to them, which I'm sure is her purpose-- happens in almost every book. It was nice to have an imperfect heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kymdotcom | 9/15/2013

    " Emma is an interfering, sanctimonious snob, and Miss Bates is my mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 9/12/2013

    " Pretty good, even though Emma was super annoying in the beginning and I called the ending from page 10. A good diversion, even if Austen's writing style is "slow." But my professor taught me to appreciate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nusrat | 9/8/2013

    " As much pain as it had given me during my Alevel literature exam days, it will always be one of my most favorite books, ever . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lis | 9/7/2013

    " I felt like I was reading a gossip magazine most of the time, but it was worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn Howell rahorst | 8/14/2013

    " This was a difficult one for me to read. I did not like Emma at first but in the end she gained some redemptive qualities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maia | 8/11/2013

    " LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE! Emma is my favorite Austen character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 8/8/2013

    " I usually like Jane Austen. But the fact that I had to read this for school made me gag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katey B. | 8/1/2013

    " This book was what I expected, long, but excellent. I found myself very much invested in the lives of the many characters. It was very well written, I understand why it is considered a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Selby | 7/29/2013

    " This was a dud. The most interesting pairing was Harriet and Robert Martin. But it is largely neglected. Instead, we get a lot of superfluous dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/29/2013

    " People will probably want to slap me for this, but the reason I'm not giving it five out of five is that some sentences take up nearly half a page with their length rendering some parts a little bit tedious to me. But otherwise it is a novel of wit and charm that is overall an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresafic | 7/24/2013

    " I really really tried to like the book but I didn't. I wanted more from it. More descriptions, more explanations and less tedious recounting of tedious parlor chatter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah Bogart | 7/23/2013

    " As I finished it a while ago, I can't think of a proper review right now, but holy crap do I love this book. Absolutely hilarious, start to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 7/3/2013

    " Brilliant story of hidden love and terrible match making "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 6/19/2013

    " Emma...a character to love and hate, but the book was as good as I remember reading in high school! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 6/8/2013

    " Emma is my favorite Austen heroine. A strong woman who loves her daddy. A sweet friend who becomes so much more. Perfect balance of conflict and romance. So much like real life, for me anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sawsan | 5/30/2013

    " I like jane austen's novels a lot,first of all because i love happy endings, the second reason because they take me back in time where women spend the day in reading, talking and playing music,and the last one is about the characters of her novels, they are full of life and emotions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 5/29/2013

    " Don't know how many times I've read this... But it's a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Minton | 5/28/2013

    " Who doesn't love Jane Austen and her characters? I tend to re-read this one every few years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Pearson | 5/23/2013

    " One of my faves. A young girl struggles to learn to be a well balanced adult in a world where she is accorded too much respect, guided by a sensible older man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilona | 4/29/2013

    " My favourite of Jane Austen, and the 2009 TV series is the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 4/20/2013

    " Enjoyed from start to FINIS! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Peavey | 4/18/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. If you wanna try reading Jane Austen then I would highly recommend Pride and Prejudice before Emma. Although it was much better than Persuasion but not close to being as good as P and P. it dragged a little for me. However I do love Austen's style, so entertaining and very fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raya Ja | 4/10/2013

    " Good book i think the story is nice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 3/26/2013

    " very good read. Love the humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oomingmak | 3/23/2013

    " She makes me laugh out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Birdie | 3/4/2013

    " A classic and one of my favorites to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess Sullivan | 2/23/2013

    " My personal favorite of the Austin novels, a relatable character whose funny, attractive and sadly mistaken in matters of the human heart. Her ambitions to match others unfortunately makes her blind to her own desires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 2/13/2013

    " Emma annoys me a bit so this isn't my favorite Austen book but I still really enjoyed it. I read it during university and then forgot I had read it so I read it again. hee hee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankiejohnny | 2/1/2013

    " One of Jane Austen's better works!! very enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tweetybird | 1/19/2013

    " Classic. They don't make 'em like they used to! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jael Sprinkle | 1/16/2013

    " By the time I read this, I decided I was way over Jane Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/16/2013

    " I know, I know, its a Jane Austen. The main character is so annoying though, I could hardly get through it! Maybe I'm just not at a moment to find that entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Selby | 1/3/2013

    " This was a dud. The most interesting pairing was Harriet and Robert Martin. But it is largely neglected. Instead, we get a lot of superfluous dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen J | 12/24/2012

    " Three stars for the Volume 3. I almost gave up on vol 1 and 2. Let's just say I am not much a social comedy person. Generally, the book was good. Get past vol 1 and 2 and Vol 3 is a total bliss. There. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kezz | 12/15/2012

    " I'm a very gothic, dickens/stoker/bronte girl and i love a great crime or trueful story about unfortunate people but Austen, when im down is always refreshing, this is just lovely and i've got a strange love for mr churchill.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi Arnold | 12/9/2012

    " one of the best literary endings "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 11/29/2012

    " Emma got on my nerves a bit, but apparently she's supposed to. I liked the happy ending for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steelwhisper | 11/15/2012

    " Re-read these days and am still just loving this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Witkowski | 11/8/2012

    " Admittedly I lost steam towards the end--it's a very long book--but the subtle humor and remarkably endearing characters kept me in it and enjoying it. Austen's style is dense but lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miss GP | 11/6/2012

    " I thought P&P was my favorite Austen novel, but this one might very well surplant it. Emma's a heroine to rival Elizabeth Bennett for sure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn Rood | 11/5/2012

    " A great Austen - I may even like Emma better than Elizabeth Bennett. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenet | 11/2/2012

    " Typically Jane Austen...romantic, slow, ploddy but a very sweet story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 10/27/2012

    " I loved this book. It is so well written and I loved the character and the story. I would highly recommend this book. It has so many wonderful qualities. An awesome read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 10/23/2012

    " Found Emma a bit boring compared to other Jane Austen novels I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chuckr | 9/27/2012

    " Emma's a snobbish overly eager girl who naively thinks she's independent in a world where women couldn't be independent... and of course the end is typical for that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Taylor | 9/18/2012

    " My all time favorite book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lgordo | 9/9/2012

    " There's something creepy about "molding" a girl into your ideal woman and then marrying her, especially when she's young enough to be your daughter. There's also something preachy about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Alexander | 8/29/2012

    " By far my favorite book ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ta N. | 8/20/2012

    " I like this one much better than Persuasion... some of the characters were so shallow it was irritating, until you got used to them, which I'm sure is her purpose-- happens in almost every book. It was nice to have an imperfect heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milo | 8/6/2012

    " Emma Woodhouse is an excellent character and the novel is, of course, very well-observed; I only wish I'd formed a similar attachment to any of the other characters, aside from maybe Mr Woodhouse, who was a bit one-note but rather funny, and Frank Churchill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace Hinkle | 7/30/2012

    " I liked this almost as much as "Pride and Prejudice". The character Emma is gloriously flawed but you like her all the more in the end. You can't say that about many characters in literature. This is a must read for anyone who loves the classics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Howard | 7/4/2012

    " Long but good representation of a English life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Itzam | 6/30/2012

    " Superficial... but interesting to read so... read it jejeje "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae Ganci | 6/25/2012

    " I would give this story 10 stars if I could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris Wheeler | 6/24/2012

    " My favorite Austen novel. Not because it is necessarily her best, but because it is a simple, fun and pleasurable read. I've read it a few times and would happily read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/20/2012

    " quick re-read for a book group. I continue to agree with Jane Austen who said she had created a "heroine whom no-one but myself will much like." Emma needed a swift kick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zehra | 4/26/2012

    " Austen is always enjoyed. Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice remain in the top spots with Emma third. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Peavey | 3/21/2012

    " 3 1/2 stars. If you wanna try reading Jane Austen then I would highly recommend Pride and Prejudice before Emma. Although it was much better than Persuasion but not close to being as good as P and P. it dragged a little for me. However I do love Austen's style, so entertaining and very fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cary Simowitz | 1/30/2012

    " A bit predictable and dragging at times. Ranks above Mansfield Park but below Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice in my Jane Austen exploration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookworm1 | 1/21/2012

    " i really like this book. ITS SO ROMANTIC!!!!!!!!!! I only gave it four stars because it's hard to understand but you gotta love Jane Austen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 1/15/2012

    " Good story worth a read if you like love stories with a little bit of a twist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron West | 1/14/2012

    " Every time I read this book it just gets better and better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/10/2012

    " Probably the Jane Austen book that I like the least but only because I didn't like the main character :p "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Sallach | 12/30/2011

    " I love Jane Austen, but this book took me forever to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richa Sharma | 12/25/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed it..One of my favorites... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary Stephens | 12/22/2011

    " I named my first daughter after the title of this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralitsa Koleva | 12/20/2011

    " I expected a lot more. This one was kind a boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 11/11/2011

    " You forget how wonderfully Jane Austen presents her characters, even the most minor ones. I'm greatly enjoying re-reading all her works this summer. Many of the movies are quite good, but none really compare to the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noe | 10/2/2011

    " I like all Jane Austen books and re-read them often. I'm currently reading this one again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tweetybird | 9/22/2011

    " Classic. They don't make 'em like they used to! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shivani Gupta | 8/5/2011

    " The pace of the story is slow. Did not live up to my expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 7/29/2011

    " Emma annoys me a bit so this isn't my favorite Austen book but I still really enjoyed it. I read it during university and then forgot I had read it so I read it again. hee hee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bec | 7/17/2011

    " Lovely to read an old classic!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/17/2011

    " Clueless was based on this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Morris | 7/15/2011

    " Love this book and all of Jane Austin's books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa J | 7/2/2011

    " This was such a great read. I owe all thanks to Austen for my odd affinity to Downton Abbey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin Bevis | 6/28/2011

    " I actually really liked Emma. I thought the story was very sweet. Sure there was a good bit of classism, but if you ignore all that the story line was pretty good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kami | 6/23/2011

    " I give up. Maybe I'm just not in a Jane Austen mood but I finally gave up on liking Emma or caring at all for her self absorption. This is not as clever as Pride and Prejudice nor are any of the love stories or characters all that interesting. I wish I liked it more (I did love Clueless!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 6/15/2011

    " Emma is such a frustrating character but she grows on you after a point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankiejohnny | 6/11/2011

    " One of Jane Austen's better works!! very enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nat Mansfield | 6/6/2011

    " I love Jane Austen but I just couldn't get to like the character Emma. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 5/30/2011

    " The book is very detailed and still very comical. However, at times I couldn't pay attention because of too much detail. I really LOVED the movie and thought I would love the book but I still love the movie more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/24/2011

    " I love Jane Austen. I feel happy when I am reading her books. I read this one when I was pregnant with my Emma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bodagirl | 5/22/2011

    " Not my favorite Austen. There were a couple of time when I literally threw the book across the room because Emma is so unbelievably ... spoiled and clueless (pun intended). I also never understood how Mr. Knightley could love such a silly girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 5/22/2011

    " Reading this after seeing "Clueless" after so many times was an interesting experience. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and I'd say that this book represents Austen at her best - vivid characters, complicated social structures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/22/2011

    " Well, we named our daughter after Emma Woodhouse. My idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 5/18/2011

    " Less drama than other Austen books, Emma isn't as striking as Pride and Prejudice, but the character of Emma is charming and amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ctb | 5/17/2011

    " Too tidy an ending, but otherwise highly entertaining and well-written with some dark drama (1840s style) thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/17/2011

    " Emma lives in a safe little society in Highbury, where the boredom and confinement and the triviality of social life there would have driven me crazy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ameliaaddison | 5/14/2011

    " Not my favorite. Found it slower, and Emma was more annoying than charming. I was surprised because I love the movie. Still have 2 more Jane Austens to read but it's going to be hard to compare with Pride and Prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 5/14/2011

    " Always my favorite Jane Austen novel, possibly because I read it first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shefali | 5/14/2011

    " depends on ppl's taste....but i recommend to read it..... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jacquelyn | 5/13/2011

    " Too hard to follow. I won't try a Jane Austen again. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 5/11/2011

    " "Emma" is such a fun book to read. I love that our heroine in this book is very flawed and human. It's a fun journey to watch the evolution of character in many of the characters. Of Jane Austen books, in my opinion, "Emma" is second only to "Pride and Prejudice"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/10/2011

    " I loved this more every time I read it! "

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About the Author
Author Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

About the Narrator

Belinda Lang is an English actress who is best known for her role as Bill Porter in the BBC sitcom 2Point4 Children. She has appeared in more than twenty British television shows. She also performs in the theater and is the vice president of the Theatrical Guild charity. She was chairman from 2009–2011 and continues to help promote the company.