Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.
Why I wanted to listen to it: I decided to give audio a try this year and so I signed up for Audible.com. I was trying to decide which book to listen to first when I realized that I could probably listen to Emma faster than reading it and that is why I chose to listen to this one.
- Listening to Austen's book was very challenging! I found myself occasionally getting lost with all of the different characters and with the wording. A couple of times I had to get out my hard copy and go over certain parts in the book so that I could make sure that I understood what was going on.
- I did love the narrator's different voices and the British accent...that was very fun.
- I listened to this while I was shelving books in the library. It was an excellent way to to get through this story and do my job.
- Many of my students wanted to know what music I was listening to and that allowed me to open up a discussion about books on audio and how much fun I was having "listening" to a book instead of reading it. What I really got excited about was that several of my most reluctant readers were eager to listen to an audio book too. So, I checked out a couple of high-interest books (Walter Dean Myers' Monster and Terry Trueman's Stuck in Neutral) burned them on CDs and sent them home with those students. I'm happy to report that they are loving them and I may have made a connection for them...keep your fingers crossed!!
Even though I enjoyed my time spent with Emma, her family, and friends, I'm not sure that I would listen to Austen on audio again. I think her writing is something that I have to visually see and read for it to really make sense and for me to feel involved in the story. I do plan on reading the book sometime this year and I'm sure that it will go faster for me because of listening to it earlier in the year.