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Jane Austen’s classic tale of matchmaking and misjudgment finds a fitting voice in the strains of performer Victoria Morgan, herself an acclaimed author of historical romance. Morgan displays an impressive knack for period acting, endowing the namesake Emma Woodhouse with elocutionary crispness and aristocratic self-assurance - fitting for a character that surely ranks among Austen’s most independent and strong-willed women. Even as Ms. Woodhouse’s tangled web of romance unravels before her, listeners are sure to be captivated and beguiled by this perfect match of performer and author.
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Emma Woodhouse has it all: She's beautiful, rich and very clever - maybe too clever - but she also has too much time on her hands. So Emma decides to dabble in the lives of others, setting about making romantic matches - but why can't she find the right suitor for herself?
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph on 29-09-05

The best of the best

I think Jane Austen is just about the greatest purveyor of English prose ever. "Emma" is plotted so well, the characters are so masterfully rendered, and the purity of her writing is so pitch-perfect that I can hardly say enough good things about this work. When Frank Churchill says that Mr. Knightley is "a man I cannot presume to praise" I know just what he means, because I feel the same way about Jane Austen's writing. Like other writers I admire (e.g., Anthony Trollope, Patrick O'Brian) she writes with economy -- every word seems carefully chosen, and no word seems wasted, and no word could have been safely left out. It's like drinking a fine wine, as opposed to the rousing fun of Dickens, who is a tankard of ale and plenty to eat besides. The reader is just right, too -- intelligent and properly English and good in her characterizations.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 02-03-13

Editing is a serious issue with this recording

This version jumps very badly between sections - repeating chapters already listened to.

Also there was one part where a different part of the book showed up suddenly in the middle of a chapter.

I had to check the real printed book for continuity.

Overall, it was worth it. I love this book and the reading was good.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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