Emma [Naxos Edition]

Emma [Naxos Edition] Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 16 hours and 39 minutes
Author Jane Austen
Narrator Juliet Stevenson
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date June 06, 2008
Publisher Naxos AudioBooks
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B001AWVS08
Best Sellers Rank #15,155 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#358 in British & Irish Literature & Fiction
#414 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,064 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)

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Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great character study with a good lesson
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
I would of probably not have read Austin for awhile if not brought to my attention by the late Patrick Obrian.
I found it interesting that thew super masculine author of Master and Commander + the 21 volumes that followed -would so often dedicate his books to Jane Austin. The few existing interviews that exist of Obrian also quote him as listing Austin as one of his main literary idols.
I therefore read Emma and thoroughly enjoyed it with the psychological factors --just like Obrian- being the standout element.
Emma resembles a person who has many character defects due to her high society upbringing and blood ties.
This type of character sets the stage for interesting insights in to human nature in relation to types of control that people have on others. Emma enjoys moving people around like pieces of chess. She finds satisfaction in the cause and effect of social situations involving people and a unhealthy interest in being in control of others destiny.
Emma is a character study of a person who, due to a higher class in society, employs a convoluted or almost perverse sense of ethics in relation to the importance of socioeconomic status. This story is important because it shows how higher classes of people form their own subculture based on degree of wealth or mainly in the times of Emma--blood ties. These deviations of the equlibrium in socio-climate can lead to some very mean spirited people such as the negative qualities of Emma.
Emma is an interesting case because she begins to see the light and changes for the better throughout. I am not giving away anything by saying this because it is apparent from the beginning. The beauty of this story is watching the changes. This seemed to me to be advanced in the psychological/satirical elements such as the father who's intelligence level is constantly poked fun at indirectly. Austen is darkly comedic with her repition on her father always turning to topics such as the weather or the temperature of the room to indicate Emmas and her fathers cultered/acedemic differences. I have read very lightly about anagrams in Austins work and i feel the father figure represent the standard male dominance of the time. As an author speaking through her fiction i feel she is making an early woman's power statement hidden within the character of her father and Emmas intellectual divide.
We often find Emma separating herself to talk to her friends that are on her level trying to escape her father.
Emma is a strong character and we see her battle with her own demons and attempt to fix her own faults.
I did not get the feel that this was primitive due to the time it was written. I felt like i was reading a deep character study with very smart psychological elements.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Emma clothbound book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Emma clothbound book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2020
I Love these Jane Austin clothbound books this one will be added to my collection.

I only gave 3 stars as I am very disappointed with the addition of a sticky label on the back with the bar code and price on. I understand you need to have these bar codes on books, but sticking it to the back of a beautifully bound book has ruined it. I took the label off and now have a sticky patch and it’s pulled some of the design off.

Abit of a let down on what it’s a Beautiful book.
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M. Dowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Emma Woodhouse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2017
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Little slow
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 6, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of a matchmaker
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emma by Jane Austen
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2020