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.
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.
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.
It was fun, but I wouldn't recommend it. The reader was great--will look for her other works
Wrenching, Beautiful, Probing
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.
Simply, I recommend this audiobook. Don't miss it. And please recruit Colin Firth for additional reads.
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