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DELIGHTFUL! Written well. Researched. Narrated AMAZINGLY! This book was like spending 10 years with Charlotte Bronte as a companion and interacting with her amazing sisters, her bitter brother, her taciturn father, her bestie Ellen, her Mr. Nichols and blossoming friendship with Elizabeth Gaskell. This book was emotional, bouncing between cheerful and heartbreaking at all times. But when it came time for Charlotte to endure her brother's and sisters deaths, it was painful. This poor woman suffered as much as she won. **SPOILERS** The two best parts of this book were: 1) The Bronte sisters discussing Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" after reading it. Total literary-gasm. 2) Jane's wedding night. I blushed. No it wasn't graphic, but my inner victorian lady was quite aghast. This book takes place during the sisters publishing of their books, which is nerve-wrecking and exciting all at once. All in all, this is a very good listen. The narrator is brilliant. I am now going to down load this author's "The Memiors of Jane Austen" at once.
I would recommend this audiobook to any friend who is interested In the lives of the Brontë sisters and who likes period stories.
The story included sickness, tragedy, and death. It was about personal development, relationships, literature, and ambition. The story was also about love among family members and friends, as well as romantic love. I liked the portrayal of the time, the conditions, and the struggles of the period. I liked that Charlotte's character was a strong woman who thought for herself and made decisions based on her values rather than societal values. I loved the bond between the sisters. I also found it interesting that even though the story of occurred in a completely different era, the experience of falling in love has similarities when compared to the present day. The story was very engaging and kept me interested throughout.
It was well performed, I learned more about the Brontes, but it seemed to drag on and on for me. I didn't finish it after getting through about 2/3 of it. Just couldn't keep my interest.
I think Charlotte would roll over in her grave. I assume the facts are based in truth, but the story suggests Charlotte, reluctant to marry beneath her station, finds herself justified in her choice by the surprise that her lowly curate is, in fact, rich. That makes everything alright.
Her devoted curate, showing constant love for eight years, then gives her a five day “silent treatment” right after they’re married because he eavesdrops on a partial conversation and doesn’t like what he hears. There is no real love, devotion or compassion shown by these characters and I feel certain (having read all of Charlotte’s novels) that this imagined biography would make her sad and humiliated.
It's definitely up there!
No, I haven't but she did a fabulous job! I couldn't be happier!
I don't want to answer any of the specific comments, not wanting to give anything away. But let me tell you, I've been in love with Jane Eyre since I saw the 1996 movie, then read the book. I've also read Wuthering Heights. If you are a fan of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte in particular, then I don't see how you wouldn't love this book. The narrator was amazing. The story mostly true and very gripping. This is one of the few books which have brought on such a range of emotions in me. Please give it a try and I really doubt you'll be disappointed.
I loved this book so much and was so sad when it finished
everything! the narrator was 5 stars
no i have not
not sure, but it was amazing
What a fascinating insight on the Bronte family! As others have said, it caught and held my interest from start to finish. What a tragic family history, out of which came beautiful and classic literature which will be appreciated forever (I hope).
Even though the Bronte family was repressed sexually and emotionally, i have to believe that they inwardly had a fire that led the sisters to write powerful novels. Unfortunately, this is not represented in the books characters and as a result, they all seem boring and dull.
The plot never caught fire. I kept on hoping it would and continued to read it even though, towards the end, I was frustrated and wanting to not complete it. It's so long and I had already invested so much time listening that I felt obligated to finish it.
Bianco Amato is always good.
The last two thirds of the book.
This fictional memoir is very credible as the words of Charlotte Bronte. The tone and style of language are carefully crafted to match Bronte's. By illustrating historical people and events, we see where Charlotte found her characters and inspiration to write. Charlotte writes Jane Eyre at a time when she believes love and marriage are completely out of reach for her. Charlotte is both Jane as a young woman and Rochester in her late twenties. It makes her life after publishing Jane Eyre remarkable..I have read other Syrie James novels. This is is her masterpiece.