I read “Jane Eyre” when I was a high school student and all I can remember of it is that I liked it back then. Now I can’t imagine why I did.
My opinion about classic books, as well as classical music, is that they are classics for a reason. These books have stood the test of time and are still read today. There’s a lot to be said in favor of a book that is still in print 166 years after it was first published. This book, on the other hand, did not impress me as one I’d like to read or listen to again.
I listen to Audible’s books while I am doing something else that doesn’t require my full attention. Usually this is driving, but lately it’s been painting (think house, not art). “Jane Eyre” fills this time adequately, but I think if I had been driving it would have put me to sleep with its long descriptions of scenes and people. Descriptions of a scene or person is fine, even necessary, if the reader (listener) will be returning to that place or dealing with that person later in the story. This is not the case with “Jane Eyre”. During one part of the book, Bronte describes in detail a roomful of people and, with the exception of one, we never deal with them again. These unnecessary words caused me to stop paying attention to the novel until I recognized that something was being read that moved the story along. Then I’d have to back up a bit to avoid missing the important parts.
As an adult I found the excessive length of this novel to be mildly educational (about mid-1800 England), but mostly boring. I can’t imagine why I liked this book as a male high school student. If “Jane Eyre” were a movie it would be called a “chick flick”.
The narrator, Lucy Scott, is excellent. She differentiates each voice well and reads with enthusiasm. I don’t speak French, but she seems to do quite well with the few French lines, but not so well with the tiny bit of German in the book. I would enjoy hearing her again, but the other Audible books she has done don’t appeal to me much. That’s too bad for me because she’s very good.
Usually I am glad to have a book to listen to while I accomplish some other task. This time I was glad to have something else to do while I listened to this book.
I have read the book before and decided to have it read to me this time. Lucy Scott, delivers a fabulous performance.
I have not listened to this reader before but have already added one of her works to my Wish List. I would like her to record Charlotte Bronte's "Villette" as well as any other classic.
I know this is a classic, but I found the moralizing holier-than-thou speaches hard to take. I guess it must have been the style at the time, but I don't think it holds up well. The performance was fine.
Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.
This is a great reading of Jane Eyre. For my first few minutes I was a little doubtful with the strong, unique accent that Lucy Scott gives to Jane, but as the story continued it really grew on me and gave Jane a distinct flavor that I enjoyed overall. The voices for each character are also distinct and well-managed; I particularly loved hearing Mr. Rochester's dry wit so expertly voiced.
As for the story itself, well, it's a classic! I'm always surprised at just how strong Bronte's statements 'behind the lines' hit me. Between Jane's ideals, St. John's 'affectionate' oppression, and Rochester's lavishing fancy, I always have a lot to think about after I put the book down.
This was amazing. The narrator made it easy to identify with the main character, even though she was from a different era. And even though it was written in a time period when women were second-class citizens, she had spunk and was a feminist for her day.
I love to read, or currently, listen, as I don't have time to sit and enjoy a book. I remember trying to read the Bronte sisters when I was younger and finding them boring, but I am committed to reading a great list of books I have composed, many of them classic literature. And so, Jane Eyre began.
The first part of this book did not hold me enthralled, but as I reached the second act, I was engrossed. There was an actual moment where I listened to a phrase over and over just because of how it flowed so beautifully. I fully understand why this is considered a classic. Both the language and the story are moving and I was so sad to see the book over.
The highest praise I can give this book is for you to know that I have placed it among my favorites with Jane Austen's works. It's simply beautiful.
My daily commute time literally hijacked any spare time for reading, and then, AUDIBLE.
I enjoyed the book, and will probably listen to it again. The narrator was great.
I first read this book as an assignment in high school and I thought it was so sad and dull. After watching the 2011 version of the movie, and falling in love with Mr. Rochester, I decided to try the book again. I can honestly say I am now a Jane Eyre addict. Charlotte Bronte tells a beautiful tale with exquisite descriptions of the scene and the characters. After listening to this unabridged version, I was curious to see what the 4-hour and 2-hour abridged versions were like, and they do not do the story justice. Lucy Scott is an excellent narrator and I was enthralled through the full 20+ hours. I do wish she had a little more emotion in the Rochester parts, but other than that she was perfect. I cannot say enough good things about this audio edition!
I return to this book almost every year. Although it is a fairly sacharine story line I still love it. Very predictable but still a beautiful investigation into the characters personalities. Lucy Scott's narration was wonderful and believable.
I loved this book! Having never read this book before and only having seen parts of the BBC adaptation, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. It keeps your interest from beginning to end, with great character development and description. I came to read this after another book I read referenced it a lot, but I found it independently pleasurable to read. Don't be scared off by the "may be of poor sound quality" warning for this particular edition, it is great, with a great narrator.