The Watsons

Read by Gesine

(4.3 stars; 251 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This fragment of a novel was written by Jane Austen in 1804 and remained untitled and unpublished until her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh printed it in his A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1871.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.

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.

(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!

(4 stars)

not her best work, but it is but a draft or fragment. a shame there is no more of it. well read.

A Taste of Austen

(3.5 stars)

Sad it wasn't completed, but a good example of the speed and clever development of characters.

the watsons

(4 stars)

short but true style of author..enjoyed yet also would have liked the novel finished.