Emma by Jane Austen


Audiobook.  I have come to believe that 19th century novelists are meant to be read aloud.  To Edith Wharton and Henry James, I now add Jane Austen as a true delight to listen to.  We know the story of Emma — after all, we all saw Clueless or one of the BBC productions.  So there are no surprises.

I did grow weary of hearing Miss Bates (“very obliging of you, I’m sure,” she says over and over).  A suggestion that she was an unbearable person would have been sufficient.

I chose this version because it was read by Nadia May, who also read Portrait of a Lady.

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