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.)
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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.
Jane Eyre, Lorna Doone, and Wuthering Heights were three of the novels that by 8th grade I had read way too many times, and after which I modeled my own pre-adolescent attempts at being such a novelist. But then I didn't read them again for many decades. I still love many of the rich descriptive passages in Jane Eyre, but the over-the-top romantic melodrama no longer appeals to the much older me. It did not bring me to tears as it once did. I am still sympathetic to the love-starved, experience-starved young Jane (or rather, Charlotte), to whom every thing, every word, means so much more than it ought. However, her tale this time no longer seemed real to me; but merely an invention of a fertile imagination, a captive of a time when women must seek their drama and adventure in affairs of the heart and social interaction. The narrator had a lovely voice-- but the accents heard during Jane's stay at Moorhouse with her new-found cousins were abominable and terribly inconsistent; sounding more like a bad version of an Irish accent than anything found in the moors of northern England. I doubt I will read this book again but I'm inclined to try Wuthering Heights to see how it affects me all these years later. As a comparison, I could and do, easily re-read all of Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, and Oscar Wilde again and again. Even so, I would unhesitatingly recommend Jane Eyre to any reader who has the sense to appreciate the environment in which young women were raised back then.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
You know how some guys get car fever and just have to have a new car, to the point they lose all common sense. I am that way with books. I should have known this was not something I would be interested in. It is very well written and I could even see myself in the character. ( How when we are young and your walking down a dark street and you hear something coming and your mind comes up with stuff you read in fairy books.)
If you are following me, cause you like Zombies, Science Fiction or Historical Fiction, then my rating has to be true and this is a girly book for girls.
If romance is your thing, you will probably love this.
I picked this novel up for free recently. The adage “you get what you pay for” is so wrong in this context. Charlotte Bronte’s superlative love story captures your heart from its very first few pages. Remember that this story was written when women struggled to find literary publishers and their artistic powers were subjugated by convention and prejudice. That is why this story is so remarkable with its passion, mystery, religion, and even such controversial topics as bigamy and living as a mistress. An incredible story from an incredible literary family.
The performance was outstanding!
She made the story and all of its characters and places come alive with her performance.
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~