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.
It was a fantastic rendering of one of my favorites of all time. An inspiring story of triumph over adversity, and love beyond challenges.
When Jane returns to Thornfield and reunites with her true love and former employer, Edward Rochester. So moving that he is still there and still loves her.
Susan's accent and emotional reading style enhance the flavor of the time period and location.
When Jane has been living outdoors for days and can find no food or help, and she is looking through the window at the family enjoying each other. Then the home owner invites her in after the house keeper turns her away. Made me cry in relief.
This book makes one appreciate the resources we have now to get help when we need it. May we never return to the times of denying those in need and sending them out into the cold.
Say something about yourself!
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.