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Yes. I enjoyed hearing the book read by a narrator who had a British accent. It added to the story for me.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
this is such a beautiful story, and the audiobook narration is very well done. a definite recommend!
I never thought I could make it through a Bronte book but this was an absolute delight to listen to. Highly recommend it!
I approached Jane Eyre as a sort of literary castor oil, something I knew I should read one of these days but didn't feel much enthusiasm for. I already knew the basic story, and I'm really not into wish-fulfillment women's fiction, even if it is classic Victorian literature. To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it.
A modern editor would probably have cut much of the last third of the book, in which Jane flees from Thornfield Hall after learning Mr. Rochester's deep dark secret, and then spends many chapters with her new family, the Rivers, and not much happens except that a fortune falls into her lap, she has to entertain a marriage proposal, and then she goes off to find Rochester again and discovers him conveniently widowed and in need of an angelic woman to nurse him back to health. So they live happily ever after, the end.
Okay, there are some more details to the last part of the book that make it worth reading, like the studied contrast between the good and noble but cold and severe St. John Rivers and the hot-blooded romantic bad boy Edward Rochester. I did not like Rochester; he's not as horrible as Heathcliff, the romantic bad boy created by Charlotte's sister Emily in Wuthering Heights, but I think both Bronte sisters had some seriously warped ideas about what made a man desirable. Crazily, passionately in love with you and otherwise amoral and willing to destroy anyone and anything that gets between you? Yes, you can probably blame the Brontes in part for this trope that persists in romantic fantasies to this day. Jane Eyre is totally wish-fulfillment for women who want a Rochester or a Heathcliff to obsess over them. But it's a classic and well-written and while I wouldn't say Charlotte Bronte's understanding of human nature was particularly broad or even enlightened, she had a fine eye for the detailed personalities of her small cast of characters in the little world she created.
So, is Jane Eyre worth reading? Definitely.
This was a wonderful performance of an all time classic novel. The narrator really adds to the story, with perfect tone and inflection.
Juliet Stevenson's narration is exquisite! I have listened to this book again and again! I love delving into Jane's world. Ms. Stevenson really brings all the characters to life.
I love both - Juliet Stevenson is awesome and I savour the story in an audio version but sometimes reading the written word has more resonance
I love the ending of this book - every time it makes me smile and hopeful
The accents of England - she does them expertly and some of the heart in the characters of which I am less fond. I love the audiobook!
If it is your first listening, definitely, the second, third time its about enjoying the smaller moment.
yes. I love this story it is unique and fascinating. I could listen to it over and over again.
Quality reading and writing
She is a master. She makes listening a joy and interprets the book so that it's dated style of writing and speech is easy to comprehend. I would listen to anything that she reads. I'm sad that it's over!
I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
The wonderful story that I can't stop thinking about and I finished listening more than a week ago!
Wuthering Heights because the unfolding of the characters over time and the life stories as they matured. It was nice.
Wonderful love story.
One of my favorites!
"love the story"
I love this book. I have read it about 3 times, watched the BBC serises and this audio book does not disappoint.
"Juliet Stevenson was outstanding"
Yes - an enchanting experience.
The narration was superb - it brought this classic to life.
I have managed to reach my point in life without having either read the book or seen the film - hard to believe I know. However, I found this tale timeless and so beautifully written. I am inspired to listen to more of the same - and I could listen to Juliet Stevenson read the weather!
Many many many.
No - bit by bit - savoured.
The protagonist is vividly portrayed and very relatable, and the plot is at once thrilling and moving.
The culmination of Bertha's storyline.
She is, as always, brilliant. One of the best readers of audiobooks.
I did grow very fond of the protagonist.
The performance of Juliet Stevenson makes the characters seem more alive and adds greatly to the listener's enjoyment of the story.
"Not what you might think"
Jane Eyre is regularly made into a film that concentrates on the love story between the heroine and Mr Rochester - a gothic tale of opposite personalities, across the class divide, with the 'mad wife in the attic'. Almost a chick flick.
I thought I knew this novel. I've read it enough times. But listening to it, Juliet Stevenson perfection as always, I realised that I had skipped huge parts of the book.
Bronte is unrelenting once she starts observing morality and religion - Helen Burns at Lowood School and St John Rivers especially. And all of that is very hard-going for the modern reader.
Austen's works, a generation earlier, are positively light and frothy in comparison. They're all lumped together though - Romantic Novels for Women.
Obviously, none of them are, but watch out for Jane Eyre the Novel. Bronte had a lot to say and I imagine the novel disturbed many readers of its time. But not only for its gothic narrative - that's been left for later centuries to concentrate on, consigning the odious St John to his own self-important fate and leaving little Helen to sweetly die without spouting reams of Victorian sanctimony.
I just wonder what Charlotte would have thought about modern reactions to her novel. I think we miss her points but wonder also if they're simply irrelevant nowadays.
"My all time favourite novel"
Madness, morality and love. This book can be read on so many different levels, but I think it speaks throughout of the author Charlotte and her belief in the strength and independence of women at a time when views about female roles in society required her to originally publish under a male pseudonym.
Jane is an amazing character - one whose religious and moral values are perhaps alien to a modern audience, but whose self-reliance, passion and wit are enough to endear her to any reader. Mr Rochester is of course a remarkable and passionate male lead with self confessed flaws, but I think the reader might like him a little less if not presented through Jane's eyes.
The scene in which Jane defies Rochester and he realises that he can never possess her life and soul by force and she therefore quietly establishes her mastery over his will - it is such an amazingly well-written and passionate scene that I have read many times over - Stevenson's performance does it justice.
So many moments - the aforementioned scene, the one where Jane declares herself Rochester's equal and they are finally brought together, the shock of the discovery on her wedding day and her quiet, solitary reaction to it, her realisation of Rochester's injury. The novel is so well written you really see the events through Jane's eyes.
If you haven't ever read this book, you must. Persevere through the first section about Jane's childhood and schooling - it is important in establishing Jane's character and moving enough in its way too.
If you have read this book many times like I have, the audio version is well narrated and allows you to experience the story again while getting on with all the other tasks that stop you sitting down with the novel.
What can I say? This has always been one of my favorite stories and this version of telling is just wonderful!. I have listened to a few books narrated by Juliet Stevenson and I think she is one of the best. I was spellbound from beginning to end, a beautiful love story told beautifully!
"A riveting listen"
Simply perfect in every respect! Juliet Stevenson reads in a smooth, flowing, seemingly effortless, manner. This makes this audio book a brilliant and, in my opinion, the best way to receive this classic work - all the intricate detail and gripping story of the original book but without the labour of having to frequently re-read sentences written in archaic form (in order to grasp their meaning). Very highly recommended!
Jane Eyre is a story of which most people will know the storyline without my having to retell it. One of the reasons I chose this version was because of the narrator, Juliet Stevenson, whose narration I have enjoyed before. I must say, however, I did find her characterisation of Jane a little flat at times leaving me feeling like I wanted to give her a good shake (Jane, that is, not Juliet!). Also, not having read this book for a while, and having heard meanwhile that Charlotte Bronte didn't consider Jane Austen's books "great literature", I was aware of a certain pomposity to Bronte's writing. All in all, though, Jane Eyre is an enduring classic & as such is a good listen by a very good narrator.
I was astonished to find how much i could relate to a character from the mid 19th century. Some of the language is archaic but that didnt matter at all. As ever, Juliet Stevenson bought it to life and i found myself saying aloud "No, dont do it! " or " YESSS! " as the heroine tried to deal with what life threw at her.
"Thge very best of the lot!"
This version is completely and deeply engrossing from the very first paragraph. I feel I am included in Charlotte's story as she introduces me as her ''Gentle reader''. I am gripped far more than I have been of other versions. It is read with empathy for all characters and a great understanding of the author as well as the sory told. I most highly recommend to all readers out there to purchase this version most of all. Yours Truly Indie.
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