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.
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Love this book. I'm new to the Bronte sisters and I am so grateful to have discovered their talents. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Truly excellent narrator who added a dimension of enjoyment; outstanding book--easy to see why required reading for decades with its depth and complexity-- well deserving of its classic designation.
Juliet Stevenson is fantastic. I have always liked her as an actress, but I am astounded by her skill as a reader. She moved me to tears a few times. I highly recommend this version.
While Stevenson did a great job throughout, I must say I was in awe of her reading of the passage about Helen Burns' demise. I cried and cried.
Who can choose? So many are great!
We listened in several sittings. My daughter and I don't simply listen; we read along.
I am eager to listen to more of Stevenson's reading of the great novels.
This novel is so well known, I will limit my comments to Juliet Stevenson's reading. Thank you, Juliet Stevenson, for bringing so much understanding and nuance to all the characters. I have read JANE EYRE at least three times before. But thanks to Juliet Stevenson's insightful narration -- using pauses and emphases and intonations at points where I would not have imagined them but which seem exactly right -- listening to this audio book was like reading the books
anew. The character of Jane Eyre emerged for me as a true feminist / humanist hero who refuses to betray her own self and dreams but who also questions herself constantly -- which is how she knows who she is and what matters in life. Juliet Stevenson moves us through these interior inquiries with such great heart and understanding. But she also allows all the other characters to come alive and live before us. Bravo, Ms. Stevenson!