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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781400176878
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The most perfect of Jane Austen’s perfect novels begins with twenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominating the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding and the right to manage other people’s lives—for their own good, of course. Her well-meant interfering centers on the aloof Jane Fairfax, the dangerously attractive Frank Churchill, the foolish if appealing Harriet Smith, and the ambitious young vicar Mr. Elton—and ends with her complacency shattered, her mind awakened to some of life’s more intractable dilemmas, and her happiness assured.

Austen’s comic imagination was so deft and beautifully fluent that she could use it to probe the deepest human ironies while setting before us a dazzling gallery of characters—some pretentious or ridiculous, some admirable and moving, all utterly true.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jane Austen is my favorite author!”

    E. M. Forster

  • “Though Austen herself described Emma as ‘a heroine whom no one but myself will much like,’ she endowed her creation with enough charm to see her through her most egregious behavior, and the saving grace of being able to learn from her mistakes. By the end of the novel, Harriet, Frank, and Jane are all properly accounted for; Emma is wiser.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oliwija | 2/20/2014

    " It is not one of my favorites. I find Emma more often then not irritaiting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlee Naylor | 2/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edpri1 | 2/18/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book although it got a bit mundane at some points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garima Jain | 2/15/2014

    " Though there was no extra-ordinary or unique story in this book. But, you can very well learn the behavior and manners to practice in any social set-up. I liked the elegance and charm that the ladies possessed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaarina | 2/10/2014

    " This had to have been so cutting edge at the time it was written! Today's 'mean girls' could take notes. Entertaining, though slow at times, romp through the workings of a wealthy, drawing room, daughter of society. Outstanding writing in that it truly transports the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larina Alston | 2/5/2014

    " While Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite, reading Emma has helped me to enjoy the movie Emma (with Gwyneth Paltrow) more fully. As I first recalled, I thought it long and boring, but my opinion has changed. It is a fun story and Mr. Knightly will hold a dear place in my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/4/2014

    " This is purported to be Jane Austen's flawless novel. But I felt it went on much too long with no purpose. The narration was perfect, but I found myself waiting for it to end. "

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

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 2/1/2014

    " The first half (at least) of the book seemed rather unnecessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/28/2014

    " Jane Austen was a genius. Emma Woodhouse is my favorite fabulous brat princess :) "

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

    " A great Austen novel although I definitely understand the issues that people have with the story line and characters. Very fun and witty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zafirah Muhammad | 1/26/2014

    " great book about english match making. "

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

    " Another Austen gem! Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor Czerwinski | 1/20/2014

    " I love this book, funny, and beautifully written. "

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

    " very good read. Love the humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sofia | 1/8/2014

    " As of right now, my least favorite Austen book. I could not sympathize or relate to any of the characters. I wanted to throttle Emma through the whole book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Alexander | 1/7/2014

    " By far my favorite book ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " My second favorite Jane Austen book. "

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

    " 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 Michelle900 | 12/28/2013

    " Emma was different. I didn't like her character as much as Austen's others, but I did enjoy this book a lot and how Emma had to grow up to learn about life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saira | 12/18/2013

    " I have finally met I real life Emma I actually like. So yeah three stars, Jane was on to something. XD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raya Ja | 12/8/2013

    " Good book i think the story is nice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-anne | 11/28/2013

    " I love all Jane Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Fitzgerald | 11/27/2013

    " If Emma just weren't so damned irritating... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 10/29/2013

    " 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 Don | 10/20/2013

    " my favorite Jane Austen book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 10/9/2013

    " 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 Jeff | 10/7/2013

    " She's so good a weaving a tale and so invisible is her craft that it's easy to take Austen for granted. Tart and taut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne Evans | 9/14/2013

    " My favourite book of all time by my favourite author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Cuckovich | 9/14/2013

    " Even if Emma is not Jane Austen's best novel, it is still a pleasure to read. And generally speaking, Austen is so far beyond praise that it's probably best to let her writing speak for itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/13/2013

    " Loved it. The characterization was superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Violinknitter | 8/26/2013

    " Still not my favorite Austen, but once I was through the first section of the book, I could put up with Emma much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxana Fernández | 8/11/2013

    " 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 Jed | 6/30/2013

    " A delight to re-enter Austen's world. It may be rather small in breadth, but not in depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 6/27/2013

    " 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 Tina Remi | 4/17/2013

    " Wonderful,I have extremely enjoyed Emma.I dare say what a loss to "reality" that Mr Knightley is a fictitious character :'( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ifeoma Dennis | 4/6/2013

    " Frank Churchill was SUPERBLY annoying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monika | 3/14/2013

    " This book is awful! Pointless and frivolous, rather annoying. I am not sure why this is considered a classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Deaton | 2/11/2013

    " Favorite Jane Austen book. I am Emma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raquel | 1/9/2013

    " I found it to be a sweet story though I skimmed more and more of it as pages passed. I probably won't read it a second time but did enjoy it once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 12/20/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blor028 | 11/25/2012

    " I loved this book, it is one of my favorite of Austen. Emma is annoying, mean, clueless and a bitch. I love her because she is so real and so imperfect. The story is classic Jane Austen but the characters are interesting and endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 3/4/2012

    " 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 Siobhan | 2/28/2012

    " Not as dramatic as some of Jane Austin's other works. I was easily able to conclude who would end up romantically partnered at the end of the book and there was not a real sense of "having to read on to find out what would happen next." However, I did enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/6/2011

    " A bit wordy, but still good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viola | 8/26/2011

    " I liked it. It was hard to follow at first but then I watched the movie and it made it easier to follow along "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Brewer | 7/23/2011

    " My 3rd Favorite of her novels! A great book by any measure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/26/2011

    " So many of my favorite books that I read growing up, in one edition that's 6262 pages long for 99 cents. This one may take me awhile! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 4/2/2011

    " This is the ultimate collection for any Jane Austin fan. It is gorgeous and look amazing on the shelf!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristiana | 3/8/2011

    " Love the novels, but this collection of Austen's works was so big and heavy that I found it awkward to read. I donated it to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Telisha | 3/5/2011

    " Amazing book set, beautiful and well bound. Love having them all together in one compilation and what a set!
    Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kereesa | 3/2/2011

    " An excellent collection, though lacking Austen's unfinished and unpublished work, it nevertheless beautifully presents all of her novels in a nice form. For details on individual novels, please see their respective reviews. 5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryver | 2/25/2011

    " I've read Pride & Prejudice and am now reading Sense & Sensibility. Along with reading these books, I am also collecting 2 versions each of the films. I enjoy them that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 2/20/2011

    " I absolutely adore Jane Austen, I have read this entire book at least 20 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/15/2011

    " Highly impractical pocket for seven must-reads that deserve nice linen bindings.. At the time of publishing, e-books were not yet available. Nowadays, choose those to save on your holiday luggage.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/4/2011

    " bought it at a Spiritualist fete for £1. For all of her books, not a bad price. Unfortunately, it's also about a bazillion pages which makes it difficult to hold, and the font is awfully tiny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 1/16/2011

    " The best collection of books! Whatever mood you are in,t here is an Austen novel to compliment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 1/12/2011

    " Jane Austen's works all in one edition. It can't get much better than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 1/8/2011

    " I love Jane Austen. This is one of the few I keep on my shelf to re-read when I'm in the mood "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.