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  • Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
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    Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

    JayneLady says: "A MOST ENCHANTING LISTEN"
    "A MOST ENCHANTING LISTEN"
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    What did you love best about Villette?

    Miss Davina Porter is indeed "Lucy Snowe." Miss Porter's performance captures the naturally critical nature of the mature character she plays. Porter captures, too, the innate intelligence and strong will of Miss Snowe.


    What other book might you compare Villette to and why?

    It is difficult not to make the comparison to "Jane Eyre" because the heroine of Villette, Lucy Snowe, is a woman forced to make her own way in the world as a result of the less-than-favorable circumstances she has been dealt. Lucy possesses the same kind of independence and self-respect that readers admire in "Jane Eyre." She is her own person and able to hold her head high despite her "low" station in life.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Miss Porter speaks in the kind of voice that I imagine Lucy to have: a voice thar reflects both her intelligence and the "considered-ness" of Lucy's thoughts.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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