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
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~
I love this book and this performance was a fun audio experience. I particularly enjoyed the narrator's transitions between characters.
life long bookworm
I so thoroughly enjoyed this reading of what was already one of my favorite books. The reading was done with such emotion that I was moved to tears many times. I could easily believe I WAS listening to Jane Eyre. Also the other parts were expressed with such clarity and feeling that I am sure this will be a book I listen to many more times. I have a largish library and have listened to hundreds of hours of audiobooks. This is really stands out to me as excellent! Well worth the credit.
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.
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What can I say about Jane Eyre? It lives in my heart. The story is sweeping and emotional. The narration was insanely good. Oh how I wish the narrator would record more classics--she is a gem! Don't miss this!