The Watsons

Read by Gesine

(4.3 stars; 288 reviews)

This fragment of a novel was written by Jane Austen in 1804 and remained untitled and unpublished until her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh printed it in his A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1871. The title is from him.

Mr Watson is a widowed clergyman with two sons and four daughters. The youngest daughter, Emma, has been brought up by a wealthy aunt and is consequently better educated and more refined than her sisters. But when her aunt contracts a foolish second marriage, Emma is obliged to return to her father's house. There she is chagrined by the crude and reckless husband-hunting of two of her twenty-something sisters.

(Summary from Gesine and Wikipedia) (1 hr 48 min)


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I wish there was more

(5 stars)

Everything that Jane Austen wrote has her characteristic narrative. Which I love! I wish we had more Jane Austen novels.

(4 stars)

It was very good, I just wish she would have finished it. I recommend an old fashioned girl by Jane Austen.

More, please!

(5 stars)

What a teaser left for us unfinished by Jane! It leaves you wanting more, please!

I wish she could have finished it :(

(5 stars)

the end?

(4 stars)

The Watsons is an incomplete treasure. most of the reading was fine to listen to. The story in true Jane Austen style was curious and delightful. At the end I grieved that there was no end.

(4 stars)

It's a very nice story a little short though. I loved Emma's composure as she would not allow herself to be indiscriminately led by irresponsible and flirtatious men.


(5 stars)

Classic Jane Austen story, unfinished, but the informations regarding the intended ending (according to Cassandra Austen, read after the last chapter) won't leave you hungry.

(5 stars)

wonderful as expected of Jane Austen! my heart jump at the end of it in spite of knowing beforehand that it was unfinished!