Penguin Classics presents Jane Austen's Emma, adapted for audio and now available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actress Fiona Shaw.
'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall'
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 protégée Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.
Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.
A true classic
I don't normally buy the abridged version of any book, but made an exception for this one and was very glad that I did. Fiona Shaw does a wonderful job with the material and her voice is so perfect for the work. The abridgement would only be noticeable to die hard Austen fans, and even then, Shaw's performance makes you forgive any wrongs.
Fiona Shaw was such a delight to listen to. I remembered her in the JA movie "Persuasion" and had to get this version. Another plus is the book was reasonably priced and other versions of the same book are twice as long (huge memory). You'll love this version!