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.
This book is long, but for old fashioned values and how things probably were, this book is well worth the read.
Charlotte Bronte was such an eloquent writer, I wish she had written more books. The narration was perfect, filled with emotion and I loved her accent, sounded like the voice Jane Eyre would have had.
Jane of course!
When they were reunited.
I liked it so much I listened to it twice in a row.
I guess that Jane Eyre story doesn't need much praise. The book got me from the first pages and it was hard to stop listening. The pronunciation was excellent and very clear and as English is not my mother language I appreciate this very much.
I wouldn't say it's necessarily better than the print version, but I may not have finished Jane Eyre if I hadn't listened to the last half.
Got a little bored reading the book, so listened to the last half. And I'm glad I finished it.
One of the best!
Jane herself was my favorite throughout, although I loved Mary and Diana, as well as their most interesting and unusual brother. And of course, Mr. Rochester!
The reuniting of Jane and her true love after a very narrow escape from being persuaded to go to India!
It was so interesting that I never wanted to turn it off, even though I had read it before and also watched the movie.
I think I have never heard a better narrator, so skilled at all the voices with perfect inflection and such sensitive depiction of each character.