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  • Jane Eyrotica

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë, Karena Rose
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    An erotic retelling of a timeless literary classic. Jane Eyre has lived a sheltered, callous life. Orphaned at a young age and despised by her remaining family, she is shipped off to Lowood School and can only dream of tenderness and affection. Upon accepting a governess position at Thornfield Hall, a world of passion, desire, and sex explodes before her naive eyes in the form of the brooding, dashing master of the house: Mr. Rochester.

    Queen Squared says: "It Just Doesn't Work"
    "Just bad trash (and not in a good way)"
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    What disappointed you about Jane Eyrotica?

    The "revision" is very "coy" unable to decide what it wants to be. Was it going to be full-fledged erotica or was it going to be true to the original novel? My thinking is if you are going to bring the erotic to this story, you might as well go all out: you are already tampering with the novel might as well just delight in making it raunchy. But this is a book that giggles at its own "naughtiness" and is really just one big yawn.


    What was most disappointing about Charlotte Bronte and Karena Rose ’s story?

    see above


    What about Heather Wilds’s performance did you like?

    Heather Wild gives a noble performance and I suspect that it is her reading that inspired me to finish the book. She has a good voice, and does a good job performing the northern English accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jane Eyrotica?

    I don't know if I would cut, but I would certainly advise differently. Lovers of "Jane Eyre" already have the book memorized so staying loyal to the original with naked-bits thrown in wouldn't appeal to that audience. Those who read erotica would expect this version of Jane Eyre to be much more. . . well. . . erotic--not the occasional bodice ripping in a ditch when it seems to "fit nicely" into the original narrative. I would have encouraged this writer to make the novel more her own--add scenes, give behind the scenes (perhaps more Rochester sneaking into Jane's room), have Jane walk in on St. John and Rosamond doing the nasty in the school room. When I think of this book, I just think it is a bit like a turkey dinner (something we all love and is a traditional meal we indulge in) with hamburger chunks taped on the outside. It just doesn't work and it isn't very edible.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fun, but I wouldn't recommend it. The reader was great--will look for her other works

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2645)
    Story
    (2627)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Colin Firth is a Revelation"
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    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Wrenching, Beautiful, Probing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say there was a favorite scene, but I can say that Firth's reading allows you to hear Greene's powerful prose. I have loved this novel as a read because I could dwell on and re-read certain turns of phrase. Firth's performance adds dimension to the text, accentuates it. I found myself playing back moments just to hear the words again. Very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply, I recommend this audiobook. Don't miss it. And please recruit Colin Firth for additional reads.

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