Juliet Stevenson has just become my favorite audiobook narrator. Her voice is low, melodic, a treat to listen to even if she were reading a grocery list, and perfection for this type of story-telling. What I particularly loved about this reading was her treatment of the title character. Jane, if read with a lack of imagination, and even in some of the movie versions, comes off as timid and somewhat dull. Juliet Stevenson's rendition, however, manages to draw out all of the powerful feeling of the character's soul, and wonderfully captures the quiet mischief and playfulness of Jane's interactions with Mr. Rochester. This is a narrator who has clearly thought about the meaning and context of each character's words, rather than just the words themselves. She can do heart-wrenching without sounding irritatingly whiny. And - especially appreciated - her male characters do not sound awkward and forced, as happens with some female narrators! After listening to this version of Jane Eyre, I will be keeping an eye out for more Juliet Stevenson readings!
Yes. I enjoyed hearing the book read by a narrator who had a British accent. It added to the story for me.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
this is such a beautiful story, and the audiobook narration is very well done. a definite recommend!
I never thought I could make it through a Bronte book but this was an absolute delight to listen to. Highly recommend it!
I approached Jane Eyre as a sort of literary castor oil, something I knew I should read one of these days but didn't feel much enthusiasm for. I already knew the basic story, and I'm really not into wish-fulfillment women's fiction, even if it is classic Victorian literature. To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it.
A modern editor would probably have cut much of the last third of the book, in which Jane flees from Thornfield Hall after learning Mr. Rochester's deep dark secret, and then spends many chapters with her new family, the Rivers, and not much happens except that a fortune falls into her lap, she has to entertain a marriage proposal, and then she goes off to find Rochester again and discovers him conveniently widowed and in need of an angelic woman to nurse him back to health. So they live happily ever after, the end.
Okay, there are some more details to the last part of the book that make it worth reading, like the studied contrast between the good and noble but cold and severe St. John Rivers and the hot-blooded romantic bad boy Edward Rochester. I did not like Rochester; he's not as horrible as Heathcliff, the romantic bad boy created by Charlotte's sister Emily in Wuthering Heights, but I think both Bronte sisters had some seriously warped ideas about what made a man desirable. Crazily, passionately in love with you and otherwise amoral and willing to destroy anyone and anything that gets between you? Yes, you can probably blame the Brontes in part for this trope that persists in romantic fantasies to this day. Jane Eyre is totally wish-fulfillment for women who want a Rochester or a Heathcliff to obsess over them. But it's a classic and well-written and while I wouldn't say Charlotte Bronte's understanding of human nature was particularly broad or even enlightened, she had a fine eye for the detailed personalities of her small cast of characters in the little world she created.
So, is Jane Eyre worth reading? Definitely.
Charlotte Brontë is prolific. Can't believe I didn't read this book much sooner. It is lovely and deep and wonderful and Julie at Stevenson does an incredible job of narrating