The substance of the classic Jane Eyre is well established, and this character has enthralled readers for almost two hundred years. I can add little to the comments of readers who have read and studied the novel in far greater depth than I. I will add, however, that Susan Ericksen's narration was nothing short of splendid. In her most expressive rendition, I could hear Jane's youthful impertinence, her growing wisdom, and her passionate love. Desperation, strength of character, and fear issued with equal credibility from Susan Ericksen's voice.
Jane Eyre was ahead of her time while also living by the social and religious mores of the era. A strong character in every way, I couldn't help but feel frustration for her choice to accept or tolerate the unjust treatment she endured over the course of her life. I had to keep reminding myself that for the times, she had few choices and made the best of what was available and possible. Charlotte Bronte effectively incorporates a clear picture of the oppressive circumstances of the age by the intellectual originality of her main character's internal dialogue and the actions she takes. Jane Eyre is always true to herself. It is a classic novel and a must-read for women of any age or stage in their own lives.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story, and found that Susan Ericksen was a comfortable listen!
Good to hear an old story once and awhile.
This was a good experience with a long classic piece of literature.
Character development of both good and bad in the whole story.
Jane of course!
No way could I listen in one sitting. It took days to get through.
I'm glad I got into it. I found that I wanted to write emails in "old English" when I was done listening. Fun to hear the language as well as the readers French when needed within the body of the story and characters. "They quitted the room".... at least I understood what she meant. Fun to enter a different time and place, but oh such a tale she told!
LOVED this story! I laughed and cried on my lengthy commutes to and from work. Love listening to these audible books through my car speakers! At times, I would forget it was a woman speaking the male parts. Susan did a wonderful job!
yes. i am currently using the audio and kindle book reading immersion experience but plan to go thru it again with audio only.
i have seen numerous movie versions but i find the book the most emotionally moving.
too many to choose but if i have i would say after all Jane Eyre went through i am glad there was a happy (but not fairytale) ending.
Emotionally moving but not crying...
i also liked JANE SLAYER which might also be interesting as a reading emmersion experience.
Pretty much everything. I loved Jane's strength, intelligence, determination and especially the kindness she gave to others.I kept picturing Orson Welles who played Edward-Fairfax-Rochester in the 1943 version of this book. He did a fabulous job in the movie and that only enriched the story in my minds eye.
There we so many, it's very hard to choose. The story was so beautiful and moving, I came to tears many times. I plan to read the actual novel so I can savor it at my leisure.
I thought she did a really good job with all characters, especially Jane.
If you have never read this book, here are just a couple of quotes to pique your interest:
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
“Good-night, my-" He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.”
Wuthering Heights has been one of my favorite books for many years, and I love it still, but this is now the on top of my list.
Wow! What talent those Bronte sisters!
Intelligent, spiritual, and quiet
Jane is a good person who deserves your attention.
I have not, but I feel she had the perfect voice for Jane.
Jane Eyre was my 8th or 9th purchase from Audible and has been one of my favorites so far. I really enjoy historical romances and romances in general. It was refreshing to find a story written in such an eloquent style, using such descriptive phrases. I understand why this is a great book in curriculum studies because there are so many words I have never heard, however that did not distract from the story, the descriptions were still clear enough and painted a great picture of the story. We need more books like this! It was refreshing to read a romance that does not contain any graphic sexual content, nor did it need it, it was great!
There were so many memorable moments, in general I really loved the interaction between Jane & Edward.
Great narration. She was pleasant and easy to listen to with great emotion, inflection and character distinction.
It ranks in the top 25%
Classic love story
Jane Eyre of course
when they hear each others voices in the wind
I re-read Jane Eyre every few years. Great to hear it read so well, especially in an unabridged version