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.
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.
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.
The Narrator was able to place me into the story, and I felt as though I was Jane Eyre. I felt all her joys, and all her agonies....
It allowed the stories passion to flow like the rich feast of a sumptuous banquet.
The story of Jane Eyre was magical, and so richly was the English language used, I felt that it might be exhausted by the end... A Magical work of fiction, giving me a look into the past as it was, in all its misguided glory, and tragic majesty.
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!
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.