Wednesday, May 4

Audiobook Review: Emma by Jane Austen

Author: Jane Austen
Narrator: Jenny Agutter
Title: Emma
Genre: Classic, Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Published: 1815
Where I got It: Audible 

Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect.

Getting back on track to doing the Austen audios. Decided to do this one next. The last time I read the book was 2011 so it's been over 10 years. Holy cannoli! 

We have Emma Woodhouse who is beautiful, witty, clever, nosey, spoiled, and vain. She loves to organize the lives of her village and play matchmaker...but this time there will be devastating effects. 

I re-read my previous review of this one. I was being very, very nice. It is one of my least favorite of the Jane Austen books....mainly because of Emma. I love a good matchmaking scheme, but she is insufferable. 

I love Harriet and Mr. Knightely. If I didn't think they would be miserable...I would root for those two to get together.

I do appreciate Jane Austen's pen and how she can really bring these characters to life. She never has a "perfect" character. They all have realistic flaws and it is always a joy to watch the main characters find their footing and find each other. 

The narrator did okay. Her voices were pretty much all the same. I'm not asking for huge voice changes, but if you're not paying attention or miss who is might have to back up. However, I was able to get through the book quicker with the audio. I remember struggling to read the print version back then. 

I originally gave this a 4 (because I rounded up), but I'm flat out going to give this a 3 now. Being 10 years older has made me more cold-hearted I guess ;) 

- #21 for Audiobook challenge
- #17 for Romance Reading Challenge - Re-Read


Melliane said...

Ah yes I did read this one a while ago too

Jen Twimom said...

I still haven't read any Jane Austen.

Carole Rae said...

Mel, I need to do more of the audios. I wish I liked Emma more.

Jen, I def encourage at least Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion.

Blodeuedd said...

Good times :D

Carole Rae said...