I cannot imagine a better match between material and reader than this one. Lucy Scott is simply brilliant at bringing this wonderful classic to life. Yes, it's a chick book, but it's also a classic of Victorian literature and I found it entirely captivating. There is a lot here for men to enjoy, not the least of which is Scott's accented, lyrical performance in which she demonstrates the art of book reading by a professional actress at the top of her game. This is among the best experiences I have had listening to audio books, and I've heard dozens of them.
Wonderful. Could not be better. First class narrator. Great Expectations with True Love. Purchased for my daughter's high school reading [trying to get her out of cliff notes and spark notes] and when she was done I thought why not? Definitely more of a "woman's" book but the passion and love expressed by the male and female characters was poetry indeed. The 2 forwards by the author are sparkling and stand alone as great content and are quite relevant to modern discourse. Listening to this now tempts me to buy more classics.
Lucy Scott is tremendous with a fine expressive voice and she knows the material. Alright, I admit it, I love the accent. I have a number of Jane Eyre versions (cd, mp3, DL) by various narrators: Wanda McCadden, Amanda Root, Susan Erickson and of course, Lucy Scott. Even after listening scores of times, I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite. Perhaps, like Jane Austen novels, it is the one I am currently reading (or to which I'm listening). I assume you know it is a Beauty and the Beast story although beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. She is not a SI swimsuit issue babe unless it is for brains. Nevertheless, I find her attractive in the same way all the Bronte heroines are. If you recall, Catherine Morland in "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen was considered to be "almost pretty", not overly educated or even particularly smart but her principles were written in granite and when push came to shove, like all of Austen and Bronte heroines, it turns out she had a backbone of carbon steel. As an admirer of both Bronte and Austen heroines, I tend to compare and contrast although I sure Charlotte Bronte would be displeased as she had a very low opinion of Miss Austen (re: letter to her editor). Just as Miss Bingley (P&P) never had a chance with Darcy even without an Elizabeth, Miss Ingraham never had a shot at Mr. Rochester even without a Jane. Look at the treatment of subordinates by these two women. Observe the difference between the treatment of Adel by the Misses Eyre and Ingraham. So all the time Miss Bingley and Miss Ingraham were confidently whispering sweet nothings into ears of their prospective husbands, their behavior painted an unflattering portrait of an impoverished character. One can compare similar relationships in "Agnes Grey", "Villette", et al. There is always something new to think over.
I wanted to start listening to older literature and I am so glad I found her! this is the best book I have ever read or listened to! I felt every emotion a person could feel listening to this book, I was completely absorbed. Absolutely brilliant! I also can not say enough about the narrator, she was amazing! She made ALL the characters come to life. The best money I have spent in awhile!
Now I am all set for the new movie coming soon! Very good book and being how old it is, one can see how many stories paid tribute to it.
I bought this audiobook to "read" a classic which has somehow evaded me. I am not a fan of the Bronte or Austin type of literature, but I found myself listening outside of the car and exercising to hear what happens next. Most of that credit probably goes to the reader, whose voice is perfect for this type of novel.
This is one of my favorite books that I've read many times in print. I picked up the audio version for a re-read and looked carefully at the other reviews to choose the right narrator. I concur that Lucy Scott is pitch perfect here! Highly recommended!
I read the book years ago, and was delighted to find it in audio book format. The audio book was better than the written work due to the excellent reading of Lucy Scott. Her accent was perfect and Jane came to life under her artful narrative.
I was a little apprehensive of the RNIB denoting, potentially, a lower quality. The quality of this audiobook is more than fine. I cannot tell a difference between this and other supposedly higher quality recordings. THE RECORDING QUALITY IS FINE.
Excellent story, misenterpreted by Hollywood into a 'girls night out' romance story. Yes there is romance, but that is not the MAIN point of this book. The headstrong and honourable main character is strident and headstrong FOR HER TIME. This is a novel (I think) about the possibility for strength of character in a woman, an idea that was much more revolutionary when this book was published. Excellent story, excellent performance.
My ONLY complaint is that the narrator misreads the male characters. This would have been perfect if they had had male narrators for the male characters.