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 love this narration of Jane Eyre--all the voices are done well, and the tone is perfect. The only problem is the absolutely terrible French! Someone should have at least tried to coach the narrator a bit!
I read Jane Eyre in high school and wasn't that into it so I'm not sure why I decided to download it, but I'm glad I did. I didn't want to stop listening! The narrator was excellent and did a great job of making the story more interesting and more animated.
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.
This is my all time favor book and this was read beautifully. The narrator brings the characters to life from the lonely Jane to the brooding Mr. Rochester, to the cold, unimpassioned Mr.Rivers. This story is truly a romantic classic and a must read (or listen to).
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is another romantic classic.
Brilliant, Fantastic, Oscar winning performance! She brings all the characters to life with energy, passion and a British accent that helps make the characters.
I did get a little misty eyed when Helen died. I've read this before, not to mention seeing many movie versions of the story. It still makes me warm inside to read the happy ending.
Absolutely. It is a classic for a very good reason
Little Women because of the time period and the characters.
The sense that the love was so true
Yes. It was captivating
The writing is beautifully elegant.
While I've read it many, many times, I never tire of the messages conveyed.
Jane. Oh sweet Jane
It always takes my emotions on a roller coaster.
My all time favorite.
I was impressed by the quality of the language. Bronte does an exceptional job with environmental and emotional description, and in particular coloring the perception based on mood and agency. I was disappointed in the plot and dreadful pacing. The character of Jane Eyre is greatly appreciated for her adherence (largely) to logic, self reliance and self respect, and her dismissal of custom and station. To a modern sensibility she is still too docile and subservient, but i am sure this characterization was many generations ahead of its time. The character St.John has only one redeemable quality in my mind, and that is his name. It is difficult for me to understand if I am supposed to admire him in some way. My reaction to him is completely icy revulsion. He has that unnatural self-righteousness of a cult leader. Rochester isn't likeable either. Emotionally abusive and unstable. It is probably not surprising the only loving, intelligent, compassionate, willful characters are Jane and her female cousins who, no doubt, are loosely veiled reflections of Charlotte and her sisters.
For me, Jane Eyre will now always sound as she does in this audiobook version narrated by Susan Ericksen. Before buying this audiobook, I had read Jane Eyre twice and Susan Ericksen's finely nuanced reading made made the story new and fresh to me. Every part of the story held my attention. If you are wondering which of the many audiobook versions you should try, I don't believe that you can go wrong with this one.