Mark Knightley is used to women falling at his feet, except Emma Woodhouse- she's like part of the family. But Emma's grown into an attractive young woman, full of ideas for modernising her family business, and when Mark gets involved the sparks begin to fly. Although he's seeing her through totally new eyes, Emma remains immune to his charm. She's never forgotten the embarrassing moment when he discovered her teenage crush on him. He's still pouring scorn on all her projects, especially her campaign to find Mr Right for her ditzy PA. Anyway she only has eyes for the mysterious Flynn Churchill...
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A modern day telling of Emma & Knightley
I thought that the author did such a good job of updating a Jane Austin beloved classic. Some of the re-worked versions of her novels have been successful, others not so. In this book, it has been a success. It was a quirky, modern take on the original story, imaginatively brought up-to-date to current times. Not wanting to spoil anyone's enjoyment, I particularly liked what the author had chosen to do at the Christmas party - something that might happen in our modern times. I thought it was a good idea to write the book from both the view point of Emma and that of Mark Knightley, so it kept the reader/listener abreast of what each character was thinking. It worked really well, particularly on audio as Jonathan Keeble & Melody Grove's performances were excellent and added even more to the book.
Mark Knightley as the hero of the book. He was wonderful in Jane Austen's version & the author has done justice to him here. He came across as gentlemanly (as always), thoughtful, passionate and, well.....just gorgeous. Emma's 'make-over' to modern day was fun too - feisty, emotional and as ever, mis-guided. I thought the updated version worked very well (I think Ms Austin might have blushed at the pre-marital shenanigans) All in all, a very enjoyable & highly recommended book to those of us who love Jane Austin's stories.
Mark Knightley - I thought Jonathan Keeble was superb, really excellent. His portrayal of Mark Knightley came across as a very sexy man indeed,which at times gave me goose bumps the way some of his speech was read. His voice was like velvet - I could listen to him all day. The funniest thing that made me laugh-out-loud was when he spoke the words of Harriet 'Chav' Smith - SO funny. Melody Grove was very good as Emma too.
If I could have had the time, yes I would have, as it was so enjoyable
Its not often that I listen to a book again immediately after finishing it, but I enjoyed it so much, I listened to it once more, which is most unusual for me. The second time was even better as there were conversations that I had missed first time round. Highly recommended.
Emma for the 21st century
- Anji Dale