Emma - Jane Austen


By Jane Austen

  • Release Date: 1815-12-22
  • Genre: Romance
Score: 4
From 3,741 Ratings


An Apple Books Classic edition.

Emma Woodhouse may just be Jane Austen’s most controversial character. Some see her as a spoiled narcissist who’s deluded about reality, while others view her as a well-intentioned and bitingly sarcastic young woman who matures before our eyes.

This well-loved novel-which is often adapted for the screen-is set in the early 19th century, among England’s landed gentry. After seeing her governess happily married, Emma decides she is a natural matchmaker and devises a plan to find her new friend Harriet a mate. What follows has all the makings of a contemporary soap opera. As usual, Austen portrays her contemporaries with a brilliant and subtle snark. Emma is a wonderfully entertaining read.


  • Emma

    By flute player since 1965
    Always a favorite book of mine…it is nice to have it in Books on my phone so that I can read it on my vacation.
  • great story

    By LC Fan 357
    it's easy to see why this is jane austen's most well-known novel. it's clever and relatable even more than a hundred years after it was written.
  • I simply loved it!

    By TacoLamp
    Near the beginning of the book I read a review say that Emma would mature and I thought sarcastically “ I can wait for that” the character development was amazing. Not only Emma’s but from multiple characters.
  • Emma, a reading challenge.

    By Noahgoslowah
    This book was difficult for me to read without bumping in to the double negatives, the outdated spelling, the constant worrying about what other characters think. I enjoyed the humor.
  • Emma

    By ladyknitter
    A matchmaker whose failure was really success in the end
  • Disappointing

    By David Urman
    Jane Austen is adored by many people whose opinion I respect. But I found Emma to be slow and tedious. Maybe I’m missing something, but to me it seemed like one long soap opera, enlivened very little by the occasional nuggets of Austen‘s famously dry wit.
  • Not that entertaining

    By Californian100
    As far as slow burn and confessions go, for this book: uninteresting. Austin had the audacity to summarize the final confession rather than allow the characters to speak.
  • It’s worth reading!

    By Sammy&Kate
    Even if you don’t like older style English literature, this book is worth your attention. If you love romance and drama, please read it.
  • Not good

    By thick-billed
    Wasn’t interested
  • Emma

    By Zzzvv
    Excellent. Must read.