Oscar winner Emma Thompson brings Jane Austen’s beloved novel to life in a new audiobook narration, which Audible exclusively released today. The audiobook also features a full cast, with Isabella Inchbald voicing the titular Emma Woodhouse.
The 1816 comedy of manners follows Emma, a self-appointed matchmaker in the fictional English town of Highbury, as she interferes in her friends’ romantic relationships. Emma is infamous among Austen heroines for her meddlesome nature, and Thompson herself admits she’s “not that keen” on Emma’s character and the “depths of her snobbery” in a behind-the-scenes video.
Emma is the second Austen novel to get the Audible Original treatment this fall, coming on the heels of last month’s Sense and Sensibility audiobook narrated by Rosamund Pike. Thompson won an Oscar for her Sense and Sensibility screenplay in 1996, so it’s lovely to hear her tackle another Austen novel today. You can listen to Thompson’s narration below:
Emma is available for free for Audible members during September as part of the new Audible Originals member benefit. On the first Friday of every month, members will now be able to choose from and download two of six Audible Originals for their library without using their membership credits. A new selection of six titles to choose from will be refreshed every month. Non-members can purchase Emma for $9.95.