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Agnes Grey | [Anne Brontë]

Agnes Grey

Drawing on her experiences, Anne Bronte wrote her first novel out of a need to inform her contemporaries about the desperate position of unmarried, educated women driven to take up the only "respectable" career open to them - that of a governess.
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Publisher's Summary

Drawing on her experiences, Anne Bronte wrote her first novel out of a need to inform her contemporaries about the desperate position of unmarried, educated women driven to take up the only "respectable" career open to them - that of a governess.

©2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Kerry Henderson, NV, USA 05-22-10
    Kerry Henderson, NV, USA 05-22-10
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    "Loved it"

    I loved Agnes Grey. Agnes is a young woman of incredible character, and her integrity, patience, prudence, forbearance, self-control, humility, forgiveness, tenderness, and compassion are to be admired. It is so important to read about people one would want to emulate and would aspire to be like, and Agnes Grey is one such person. The comparisons and contrasts between all of the book's characters was an insight into humankind, as well. And, the ending...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joey 07-30-10
    Joey 07-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent listen"

    The Bronte sisters sure did know what they were about!!! I doubt I would have picked this book up at a bookstore and by not doing so would have missed a chance to a wonderful story. While somewhat predictable, it never the less compelles the listener to complete the story. Wonderfully written and read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "The Unknown Bronte"

    Anne is often overlooked among the Bronte family, and this book shows why. It's hard to overlook the martyred tone. I read this for a book club and might not otherwise have finished it. If you can overlook the unpleasant heroine, there is some wonderful description in the writing.
    I'd recommend this mostly for people wanting the entire Bronte experience. Anne is much better represented by "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-13-11
    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-13-11

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    "I love anything Bronte"

    Agnes Grey read by Emilia Fox is charming and engaging if not predictable (but who cares its a Bronte!). I thought the narrators voice was angelic and perfect for the meandering mind of the protagonist. I feel that I go back in time, that these audio books of stories from that century, make me feel like I am in my own time ship. The verses, the words used at that time, make English a beautiful language to me again. I love listening to the story but also enjoy the poetic verses that are throughout the book. IA lovely listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leela Australia 11-28-13
    Leela Australia 11-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor Audio Quality Ruins Terrific Story"
    What would have made Agnes Grey better?

    A better quality audio recording.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have loved this novel since I read it years ago. 'Agnes Grey' it is a coming of age novel, of a sorts, about a young woman trying to gain independence and prove herself as a capable contributor to her family. The strong spirited protagonist faces all sorts of perils in her work as a governess to a variety of families, illuminating the many difficulties experienced by young women with an uncertain status in society.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, this lovely book was not enjoyable to listen to. The narrator has a very pleasant voice, but the recording quality is poor. If you turn the volume up enough to hear it, there are parts of it that are far too loud. Yet when you try to turn it down a notch, there are entire sentences which are barely discernible. All in all, very disappointing. So while I recommend this book for it's writing style, plot, and themes, I would not recommend this particular audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-15-10
    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointed ..."

    After listening to The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall, read by Alex Jennings, I was very eager to become a true Anne Bronte fan! Unfortunately, despite my determination, this book was extremely disappointing! Emilia Fox did okay - not near the exuberant reading of the afore mentioned, but it was nominal. The book, however, was such a letdown! The character of Agnes Grey was dismal, weak, and frustrating - and by the end, the reader just wanted it over - and felt she probably deserved a not-so-happy ending, as she couldn't stand up to anyone or anything throughout the whole of her life! I won't give the end away, but I was literally thinking, "huh!" - and that was it! Again, just nominal! I'm sorry to say it, but for those who are looking for another Wildfell Hall, save your time or money - this is not it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs. E. Arman
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    "Excellent Book"
    Where does Agnes Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far this is the first audiobook we have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found that all the characters were really interesting.


    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    I felt that Emilia Fox was very well chosen to read this particualr book, her voice just seemed to work very well with the period and style.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times this book made me thoughtful, and at other times annoyed with what poor Agnes had to put up with. The descripitons of some characters and thier actions could be really amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book to my mind is something you cannot put down, you just have to start reading or listening to it till the end. Not much could keep us sitting quietly for 80 mins, but this did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jcw
    7/11/14
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    "Very average"
    Do you have any additional comments?

    A predictable story about a virtuous girl's hard life as a governess and the eventual change in her fortunes. All very nice, but it lacks the atmosphere, complexity and unexpectedness of other books by the Bröntes. The narration is fine, although nothing special. Also, I don't know whether I'm the only one to have had this problem but, when I listened using headphones, there was an annoying background noise as if the audio had been re-recorded from a tape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catriona
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    4/15/09
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    "gentle rather than gripping"

    I don't think I'd have finished this if reading it on the printed page as I did find it rather slow to start.
    It was difficult not to judge with a modern perspective. A modern heroine would be expected to show more backbone and resistance to her employers' unreasonable demands, but the author was writing either from the perspective of what was normal then, or what she perceived as the ideal reaction of a contemporary heroine. Perhaps this would have sat better if written in the third person; too often it came across as 'I have been hard done by, but am still a good person'. This might have been more interesting if we had viewed how Agnes was treated and reacted to that treatment from a separate perspective
    It was clear that the love interest was the author's ideal man, gentle, perceptive, kind to the old and poor etc.
    I would have liked more development of the mother's character, particularly from what we learn of independent attitude at the end.
    The whole was very well narrated and brought life to the first person voice of the book.
    Overall, enjoyable, but not one I'd listen to again

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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