Title and Author(s): Jane Austen’s Emma (Read by Nadia May)
Release Date: Jul 18, 2006
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Hours: 15 hours, 18 minutes
Source: eBranch Harris County Public Library
* 1001 Books Book
Reasons for Reading: I read Jane Austen’s Emma for the first time in 2008. However, I didn’t review it. So, earlier this year, I posted the Revisited Challenge. One of the winners was Emma.
Summary: Ever heard that proverb “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”? Well, it certainly seems to be the case with the “handsome, clever, and rich…” Emma Woodhouse. Emma’s mother passed away before Emma could remember her and her elder sister, Isabella Knightley has a family of her own to rear. She was reared in the nice estate of her old, doting father and a kindly governess, Miss Taylor. The only person who calls her out on anything is her brother-in law, George Knightley. When Emma sets up Miss Taylor with widower Mr Weston and they marry, Emma deems herself a matchmaker. Mr. Knightley tries to talk her out of pursuing this pastime but she continues to do so for her naive, new friend Miss Harriet Smith. So, Emma’s idle mind leads Emma to numerous misadventures of the heart.
One Thing I Learned from this book: Emma, which appeared in 1816, was the last novel published during Austen’s lifetime
What I Liked: I actually liked Mr. Knightley and Emma’s rival, Miss Jane Fairfax. The writing, of course, was genius.
What I Disliked: I didn’t like Emma very much. Yet, I found her very sympathetic. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to her. What do you think of Emma Woodhouse?
Rainbow Rating: Green – Parental Guidance
Song: Sam Cooke – Cupid
You might also like:
- Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
- Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
- Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
- E.M. Forster’s A Room With A View
For more, check out the following sites:
- Book Review – The Classics – Emma by Jane Austen
- Review: Emma by Jane Austen | Open a Book
- Emma by Jane Austen: First Impressions – Book Snob
- Emma by Jane Austen Review 4/5 | Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic