Listeners wary of delving into the classics would be wise to begin with Rachel Bavidge's performance of this lesser-known Brontë work. Bavidge demonstrates an appealing liveliness as she recounts Agnes's experiences as a governess. With crisp, articulate dialogue and musical intonation, Bavidge depicts the challenging families Agnes serves. The production has a slightly echoing quality that lends it formality at first, but once the ear adjusts, the story takes center stage. The only distraction is Bavidge's performance of children's voices, which lean toward an exaggeratedly nasal tone, but the other characters sound realistic and distinctive. No Jane Eyre clone, this governess story has a voice all its own.
From its opening sentences Agnes Grey introduces a heroine who is honest, perceptive and charming. Unfortunately, the Bloomfields, who engage her as a governess, are rather less appealing, and the incarnation of the suppressed cruelties and hypocrisies of the Victorian age. When Agnes moves to a marginally less alarming family, one of her charges sets out to disrupt her only romantic hope. Critical, satirical, direct, and honest, Agnes Grey is a fine reflection of its author.
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Love Greek philosophy and drama. Love 19th century British lit, trying to understand medieval allegory- commuter listener
I liked this little book. The story was interesting, a bit didactic, perhaps even preachy in doing good and right, in meting out judgment on the 'bad' or 'naughty' kids. But it is well written (grammatically and stylistically speaking"). The story is predictable, and the first part of the story is perhaps not entirely necessary to the bigger plot line. It really is a story about being a good girl, being content, doing with less, money isn't everything.
Another classic from the Bronte sisters. Wonderful story. Well read. Definitely would recommend it to any one who is a fan of the classics. Can't wait to hear it again
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