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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (228,557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Fiona Shaw Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Jane Austen's Emma, adapted for audio and now available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actress Fiona Shaw.

I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protégé Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.

With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

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Listener Opinions

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. :) "

  • 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 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 Cecilia | 1/6/2014

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

  • 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. "

  • 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 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! "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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! "

  • 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! "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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 Jamie Alexander | 8/29/2012

    " By far my favorite book ever! "

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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

Fiona Shaw, Earphones Award-winning narrator, is an Irish actress and theater director. She is best known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films and for her portrayal of Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO series True Blood. Also an accomplished classical actress, she was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.