I am obliged to read Jane Eyre for a literature course at my university. While reading the book the old-fashioned way--that is, with my eyes--wasn't unappealing, the amount of homework required of me this semester has left long commutes my most opportune time for 'study'. Hence audiobooks.
I've only finished a third of the novel, thus far, but... I have to say, I am absolutely in LOVE with Susan Ericksen. There is nothing about her narration that I don't like. I actually find myself disappointed when my hour and a half car-rides are over with. So much so, that I would continue driving in circles... If I could afford the gas, which I can't-- but that's not relevant at the moment. Not to you, I mean. It matters a great deal to me, obviously.
I've digressed (don't be alarmed; it was an intentional digression). My point is while I likely would have enjoyed Jane Eyre absorbed in the traditional sense (me hurting my neck because I've never been able to read anything without crooking my head at awkward angles... And let's face it-- Jane Eyre is long enough that I could paralyze myself permanently.) ...Listening to it read by the wonderful Susan Ericksen makes Bronte all the more rewarding.
By far, the best audio book I have ever heard... (True, this is only my third audio book, but 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'Absalom, Absalom!' do not EVEN begin to compete... On any level.)
I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."
I confess that this is my first Bronté novel. I say, "Confess," because it seems almost criminal now to have lived nearly 50 years without having read her before...especially since I'm already a fan of Jane Austen, who wrote similar works.
Jane Eyre is an amazing work of fiction. Brilliantly descriptive language transports the reader into another world...and the narrator is the perfect vehicle for the story. Susan Ericksen does a masterful job. She handles the different characterizations with ease, seamlessly, almost completely without stumble (and with none that are serious). I would happily read Bronté again, and I would happily listen to Ericksen again.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
This is a true love story that everyone should read or listen to atleast once. Jennifer
I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
I first read Jane Eyre as a 12 year old in 7th grade. I enjoyed the romance between Jane and Rochester, I laughed and the gypsy scene, and I took a very black and white view on the story. I related more to the openly fiery Jane of 10.
At 16, I read it again, but I skipped over parts, reading the romantic scenes and skipping the less showy parts. Sadly, looking back, I probably related more to Blanche. I imagined Jane as pretty and Rochester as handsome, ignoring the author's desire that her heroine be plain.
At 19, Jane Eyre became my favorite book. I read it with the full understanding of an adult female, the heartache, the injustice, the being torn in two and the fullness of a love that had to wait. I read it at work, a big mistake seeing as I cried my eyes out. I've read this book many times since then, and each time I discover something new.
Whenever I come across a copy of this book I don't have, I buy it. I have like, 6 different copies on my bookshelf! lol. So of course, when I had the chance to have a copy of this in audiobook form, I thought, "why not!?" This was the first true audiobook I ever listened to, and it didn't disappoint. Susan Ericksen did an AMAZING job of portraying the characters, speaking flawless French, and made the story come alive in a way I never knew it could. That copy was a free one that I received from a friend in CD form. After I joined audible, I searched through ALL the versions of Jane Eyre available to find THIS one, and I bought it again.
The story is timeless, engrossing, engaging, and challenging. In life situations, Jane's words have come back to me, her strength of character and being true to herself and her convictions adding to my own strength. Full of mystery, romance, desire, subdued passion, sadness, angst, horror and heartache. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of literature, especially this brilliant [Brilliance Edition].
The narrator was simply perfect on this one. Her voice was just beautiful to listen to. I'll be looking for other books that she's narrated next. The story was great, too. The only slight problem I had with the plot was when an incredible coincidence occurred towards the end of the book. It just wasn't believable to me. I still rate this audiobook 5 stars.
I loved this! For some reason I had never read Jane Eyre. I think I liked it better for listening to it. The reader used a nice voice. I really enjoyed this book~
Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
I know I read this story in my youth, but I think I enjoyed it even more as an adult. It is really an excellent period piece. There is just enough adventure and romance in the story to keep you reading. The narrator did a great job and never got in the way of the tale. This is another one of those books that you know is going to turn out well, but I still found myself cheering for dear Jane and wanting her to make the right decisions. This will definitely be on the listen list for my junior and senior high schoolers next year. They won't mind a bit.
I have read this book many times and have listened to various unabridged audio versions narrated by Nadia May, Susan Ericksen, Amanda Root, et al. even more often, perhaps hundreds of times. This book contains one of the most passionate scenes in literature: that confrontation between Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre in the garden. It recalls the angry and passionate confrontation between Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy at Huntsford Parsonage. Both of these confrontations begin with inequality between ladies of a lower status and economic standing with men of power, property, and wealth. In Pamela Aidon's Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemen, Darcy remarked that Elizabeth sent him packing without ceremony showing him that his wealth and pretentions were nothing to a woman of worth. Each confrontation ends with the man and woman as equals. I don't think a happy marriage would have been possible before this point. After this moment, I can't imagine anything less than lifelong bliss.
I wanted to say something about St. John Rivers who plays a central role in Jane Eyre's life after the disastrous end of what was to have be her wedding day. He was so concentrated on accomplishing great and noble tasks that he lost the ability to give and receive love. If one looks at his accomplishments in his hometown: opening schools for boys and girls from poor families, visiting every sick person in the parish, and other good works, one would have to say that he was doing great and noble things rather handily right where he was. He didn't have to go to India. He could have stayed in England, married Rosamond and I think God would have been just as pleased with him doing good works at home with a woman who loved him and vice versa instead of running off to India to die. It seems best that we mortals just do what is in front of us without trying to figure out missions from the Almighty. We have a hard time accepting happiness when it is right in front of our eyes.
I know it's a classic but honestly I don't know why that is so. I made myself listen to this entire book because I figured it must get better but it never did. Dreadful story that I thought would never end.