I'm a mom of two kids that I homeschool. I first got into audiobooks to keep my children quiet and have peace in the car. Now we're hooked!
I think Lucy Scott did an excellent job narrating this book. It is, of course, a wonderful book. One of my all-time favorites. She was wonderfully consistent and pleasant to listen to. Her accent was perfect and easily understood. I definitely got more out of listening to the book than I did reading it years ago. A great audio version! Highly recommended!
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.
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.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
It’s been decades since I first read Jane Eyre, and I have since seen many of the film and BBC adaptations. What few if any of the filmed versions succeed in communicating is Jane’s strength and independence of mind and character. Too often she comes across as passive, even wimpy, when she was written with spirit and temper that she had to struggle to control. But her moral compass gave her the inner strength to be true to herself without compromising for expediency. For me she is one of the great heroines of English literature. It was wonderful to experience this classic again in its original form.
Before choosing this audio version I listened to all of the samples of the Jane Eyre choices. I thought this one fit my mental image of her best, and I was not disappointed. Lucy Scott gracefully managed the wide range of Jane’s emotions, compelling me to root for her through her difficult journey. A good choice for anyone wanting to experience the story for the first time in audio.
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.