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Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) | [Charlotte Brontë]

Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.
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The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

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    Jane 08-30-12
    Jane 08-30-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"

    Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, narrated by the incomparable Juliet Stevenson. Sigh. This is classical romance at its best.

    Some who read rather than listen may find parts slow, unrealistic and liberally laced with purple prose. But not so listening to Stevenson. Her voice envelopes the high morality of Victorian England, the expressions of love, sacrifice, pain, confusion, desperation – and transports these into the realm of prose-music. Her voice caresses the words. She transforms the coincidences and high drama to the level of probability. She gentles the listener into suspending belief and luxuriating in the outpouring of human emotions, the urgency of secret love and devotion, the unquestioning correctness of sacrifice, the terror of the insane.

    Romantics will be enthralled by the barriers to the consummation of love, the very least being the class system and Victorian self restraint.

    Stevenson's narration is better than good. This is great classic, read superbly.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 10-06-09
    Amazon Customer United States 10-06-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Fabulous book and narrator"

    Jane Eyre is, of course, a fabulous book. But when narrated by Juliet Stevenson, it is brought to life in the most satisfying way. I have loved listening to this book and getting to know the characters (again) through Ms. Stevenson's lively narration.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 01-16-12
    Amazon Customer Utah 01-16-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Glad I Finally Read This Classic"

    I was thoroughly charmed by this book. It is written in a totally different style than what one would expect of a 21st century book, but putting myself in an early 19th century frame, I was able to enjoy this book. I loved the flow of the prose, the use of currently little-used words, the elegance of the whole thing. I can't believe I have lived this long without even knowing the story line of Jane Eyre. I was enthralled with it on many levels. I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the writing, creativity and the obvious intelligence of the author. I will be thinking about this story for a long time to come. I think everyone should read it sooner or later. Jane is a great role model for not just young girls, but for everyone who is trying to be a better human being. I hope that is all of us.

    The narrator, Juliet Stevenson, was excellent. My one complaint is that she is very soft spoken and could be a little hard to hear.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. David Mintz 02-15-10

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    "Excellent, but second best..."

    Jane Eyre is, for me, the greatest of all classic British literature. It is a remarkable gift to have such a magnificent novel read by such capable readers. While Juliet Stevenson does an excellent job, I find the older (and less expensive) version read by Lucy Scott to be as exceptional as the book itself. Stevenson has bit deeper a British accent, while Scott maintains a greater clarity of speech while creating an authentic English tone.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 09-06-11
    Elizabeth Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 09-06-11 Member Since 2009

    Researcher, editor, writer, francophone, anglophile. Started listening to audiobooks to conciliate my love of knitting and novels.

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    "Wonderful narrator"

    Juliet Stevenson is my favourite narrator, period. She understands the characters, and plays them amazingly. Some of the books I choose to listen is because of her narration, and not the book itself (although it obviously plays a role in the matter).

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Joni Snowflake, AZ, United States 09-18-10
    Joni Snowflake, AZ, United States 09-18-10
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    "Jane Eyre narrated by Juliet Stevenson"

    Fantastic! Stevenson was superb in her narration! Definite recommendation for those who love the classic art.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-14-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 02-14-12

    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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    "How a Classic should Sound"

    Jane Eyre and Juliet Stevenson. Sheer Heaven. It always surprises me how long Jane Eyre can be, but this edition makes you understand why good old Jane has appealed to so many for so long. Once again, the narrator makes the difference, and I just can't recommend Juliet Stevenson enough! Long may she read!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-23-11
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-23-11 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Mellifluous"

    I was captivated with Charlotte Brontë's heroine from the moment we were introduced to her. Jane is an independents spirit, a smart girl with a strong sense of morals who has met with more than her fair share of bad luck, and it's impossible not to feel intense sympathy for her cause. She is both naive and infinitely wise beyond her years, and while the young woman is very much bound by the conventions of her time, the fact that she must follow her heart at every turn pushes her to act in surprising ways and make choices that seem unbearably difficult, which of course makes for great storytelling. Brontës vivid descriptions of the surroundings help us place the action in time and place, but also serve to give us much information about the character's inner workings. I was delighted to discover upon this second reading, that I had forgotten all of the second half of the story, in which Jane's quest for belonging and family rang all too true.

    Listening to the excellent actress Juliet Stevenson narrate this story with her trademark rich, smooth voice, truly made this excellent story all the more pleasant to rediscover.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 04-07-12
    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 04-07-12
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    "A Classic brought to life by excellent narration"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a fantastic story. Its well paced and with good detail without being flowery and Jane herself is likeable and not overtly emotional as many heroines of her era were. I remember reading this book for school and having to analyse it line by line which does nothing to endear the classics to students, but now listening to it as an adult, and having it so beautifully narrated was such joy. I found myself driving around the block snd walking for an extra half hour just to listen to it more.


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    DB 08-13-13
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    "Perfect in Every Way"

    I am an AudioBook Narrator and so judge these things perhaps too harshly. But this performance by Juliet Stevenson is absolute perfection. The headphones never left my ears for days.
    I cannot recommend this too highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachel
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    2/21/10
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    "A beautiful reading by Juliet Stevenson"

    Ms Stevenson's knowledge of and passion for this book really come through. A stunning reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nereida
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    1/4/11
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    "Jane Eyre"

    A book I've always wanted to read but never had the time. This audiobook is extraordinary. Bronte was an amazing writer. I'm so pleased I finally had a chance to listen to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    "A beautifully read classic"

    An excellent recording / rendition of a classic book. Very accessible, easy to listen to.

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  • Sarah-Jayne
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    "Truely engaging"

    This novel is beautifully brought to life. Superbly read and maintaining the true emotion of the story. A faithful and sensitive reading.

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  • Roger
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    1/10/12
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    "Fantastic 'read'"

    I loved this book, I read it years ago but the audio version read by a fantastic narrator is brilliant

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon Hall
    11/13/14
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    "Juliet Stevenson was outstanding"
    Would you listen to Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) again? Why?

    Yes - an enchanting experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Many many many.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - bit by bit - savoured.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    London
    9/9/14
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    "A classic"
    What did you like most about Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)?

    The protagonist is vividly portrayed and very relatable, and the plot is at once thrilling and moving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)?

    The culmination of Bertha's storyline.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    She is, as always, brilliant. One of the best readers of audiobooks.


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

    I did grow very fond of the protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance of Juliet Stevenson makes the characters seem more alive and adds greatly to the listener's enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    LANCASTER, United Kingdom
    2/1/14
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    "Reader its fabulous!"
    If you could sum up Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) in three words, what would they be?

    Atmospheric, engaging,romantic


    What other book might you compare Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) to, and why?

    It stands alone, but the scenario is familiar/timeless.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

    Jane Eyre.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it works well as a series - though I did listen to it in consecutive sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stevenson was a brilliant choice for reading this book. Her diction brings this book to life and is very like the voice I had in my head when I read this for myself many moons ago!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. C. E. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    1/17/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe
    Coventry UK
    12/5/13
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    "My all time favourite novel"
    If you could sum up Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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