Emma
Jane Austen

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Narrated By: Wanda McCaddon

Duration: 15 hours and 17 minutes

What to expect

Often considered Jane Austen’s finest work, Emma is the story of a charmingly self-deluded heroine whose naive matchmaking schemes often lead to substantial mortification. Emma, “handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.” Her own great fortune has blinded Emma to the true feelings and motivations of others and leads her to some hilarious misjudgments. But it is through her mistakes that Emma finds humility, wisdom, and true love. Told with the shrewd wit and delicate irony which have made Jane Austen a master of the English novel, Emma is a comic masterpiece whose fanciful heroine has gained the affection of generations of readers.

Genre

Classic fiction

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“After nearly two centuries, Emma Woodhouse, one of Austen’s finest creations in the novel many critics consider her best, wins hearts because she makes us laugh; also because no malice beats behind her profoundly misconceived romantic stratagems.”

Chicago Tribune

“As in all of Jane Austen’s works, the simple theme of courtship belies the complexity of her vision of human nature and of our need for power. Technical brilliance? Yes. Moral brilliance? Most definitely.”

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“In this novel…Austen’s genius for ironic comedy is displayed at its peak. The plot involves finding the proper husband for the heroine, but behind the deceptively simple and everyday events lie the author’s moral vision of a world in which social responsibility and familial obligation are key virtues and compromise a necessary response to the irreconcilable opposites encountered in life.”

Masterpieces of World Literature

“[Narrator Wanda McCaddon] does a wonderful job rendering the variety of accents necessary to portray the span of upper and lower classes, as well as the medley of personalities, from the sweetness of Emma to the egregious Mrs. Elton.”