Jane Eyre captured my attention from page 1, truly a classic. With every chapter i couldn't wait to read the next. I am so glad I chose the Juliet Stevenson version, she played the characters with such passion, creatively, she brought the book alive. 10 Star
I must've read Jane Eyre at least 15 times between the ages of 7 and 67, but never heard it as an audiobook -- never dared. Never having been satisfied with any dramatisation, I always thought that I would do best to keep the voices to myself as well. But Juliet Stevenson does such a good job as reader that for the very first time I actually cried at a point or two, though I could never understand why on earth some of the book's first readers (e.g. Thackeray) said they had. So I'm grateful to have experienced this much loved book freshly, as it were -- not portrayed by actors who don't fit the part, and pruned and altered for the screen, but read in full by one of my favourite Audible narrators, Ms. Stevenson. Brava!
This whole book was brilliantly read and of course, the literature itself is brilliant: warm and illustrative and beautifully written.
My ONLY issue with this audible book is that the reader has a very sibilant S sound which is somewhat distracting. This is more noticeable in the beginning, for whatever reason. Regardless, I heartily recommend Jane Eyre and this reading of it!
Juliet Stevenson brought this book to life for me. I'd read it was before, but it was new again, thanks to her narration, and Charlotte Bronte's prose.
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!