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.
I love this book and this performance was a fun audio experience. I particularly enjoyed the narrator's transitions between characters.
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.
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.
Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!
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!
I love to listen and learn!
The performance by Susan Ericksen was great. She made it even better for me than reading it.
Really enjoyed this performance of the classic Jane Eyre. The reader chose subtle voice variations to represent different characters. Since there are a limited number of characters, anyway, this was a great choice. Clear, sharp and well read.
I enjoyed it so much that I listened to the whole thing in just a couple of days. I'd do it again, sometime, too. The story is such a classic of English literature, and this reading enhances it.
24. English/Language Arts Enthusiast. Coffee Addict. Aspiring Writer & World Traveler.
Catching up on the classics is no easy task, but Ericksen's brilliant performance makes it a tad bit less daunting. Flowing easily from the persona of one character into the next, she flings even the most unwilling reader into mind of Jane Eyre and the world surrounding her.
Note: The first half of the book will not likely leave the reader racing to the end, but I promise you, the party at the finish line is worth the slow and steady pace!