A scene early on in which there is a "roommate" conflict. Without spoilers, it was distressing and unfair social bullying...a great way to generate drama and setup a "Harry vs Malfoy" rivalry...but to me, it was an annoying drama, and the sort of things that would not actually be tolerated.
I'm generally a fan of reading "young adult" books (Harry Potter, Ranger's Apprentice, etc).. But the ones I like are easy to read, and easy to engage in, but not necessarily targeted at kids. This book was targeted at middle school kids. I can see why it's popular, but I didn't personally like it.
The story of Jane Eyre is one of the greatest works of British literature. It's fun, intense, strange and gothic. Even my young children loved it.The joy of this version, though is Flo Gibson's performance. Just listen to the sample, and you can immediately tell that you are listening to something special. She nails all the characters and narration, of course, but she manages to go well beyond that.I've listened to this version twice on CD, and just purchased it to be able to hear it again.
It was an excellent story. As a Jane Austen novice, I cared about the characters, and was happy to see how the story progressed.
It was "tamer" than I expected, even for a Jane Austen novel, in that no circumstances were too dire, and no characters were too awful--but that was perfect for what I was looking for.
Stevenson's performance was excellent, handling male and female characters of all ages convincingly.
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