"I think the reason we're so struck by [Jane Eyre] is how Charlotte Brontë manages to relate, expertly, what it means to be a human being...and that never changes." (Narrator Thandie Newton)
Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety. Performing the early Victorian novel with great care and respect, actress Thandie Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness) draws out Jane Eyre's intimacy and depth while conveying how truly progressive Brontë was in an era of extreme restraint.
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I could not stop listening, even when I should have been asleep. I read Jane Eyre as a teenager and found the story painfully romantic even though extremely tedious. I had mostly forgotten about it, but hearing Rosamund Pike read Pride and Prejudice (another absolutely perfect performance) prompted me to explore other classics that I struggled with in book form.
Thandie Newton enthralled me! I could swear that I too was living the story. She gave this book the timelessness it deserves! I will definitely keep this audiobook set aside for my future daughters and the young women I influence. Jane Eyre herself inspired in me greater self respect and love. What a wonderful character!
DO NOT HESITATE TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK!!
I have listened to quite a few audible books so far and I think this is the first one that had me insatiable. I could not stop listening!!
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
This is the third version of "Jane Eyre" I have, the other two narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Emma Messenger, and I can say without a doubt in my mind that Thandie Newton makes this the best listen of them all. Her accents are impeccable, her ability to convey drama and emotion is sublime, the fact that she can carry off Jane as a child and then move on to Jane as a young woman is astounding and glorious to listen to.
We're treated to the four separate lives of a truly remarkable literary character: Jane as an easily ruffled and sometimes histrionic child, Jane as a smooth yet lovelorn governess at Thornfield Hall, Jane as a content yet suddenly challenged young woman at Moor House, and finally, Jane in her final life, the life the story has been building to, the life she was destined to lead. And Ms. Newton handles each situation, each character therein with perfect ease and grace.
The only, oh so minor, difficulty I had with her performance was that Mr. Rochester was a tad growly. But then again, the man is a tad growly, a tad crotchety and challenging. But she carried off his bouts of passion, his deadpan humor, his utter earnestness, so very well that I was totally swept away.
Nineteen hours go by quickly if you're utterly absorbed by a fantastic story with a character who has such a brilliant character arc. I was honestly and truly sad to hear those words: "Audible hopes you enjoyed..."
But, boy, was I tremendously satisfied! I can't recommend this version of the inimitable "Jane Eyre" highly enough. Charlotte Bronte had a lot to say, and she said it very, very well!
I listen to hundreds of books each year, and read even more.
Rarely have I enjoyed a book more. This was not a reading, but a masterful performance.
I have read the book countless times, and listened to several other readings, but listening to this narration was even better than reading it for the first time.
It sounded as if a very talented actress was giving voice to her favorite story of all time, not for money, but for love.
This is first audio version of Jane Eyre that I have heard that is worth listening to. It was well recorded and well performed. I'm so glad to have finally found an audio of this book that I can enjoy. Jane Eyre has been my favorite book for many years and I like to read it at least once a year. That is why I have been so disappointed with previous performances. Thank you audible for producing such a well made production.
Jane Eyre is a timeless classic of English literature and there is nothing I could add to what has been said about it since its publication 170 years ago. The character, especially the heroine, come to life with this narration. Anyone who loves a great story will enjoy this audiobook.
Thandie Newton brings this book to life. I have always loved this book and have read it many times, but Ms. Newton's performance is a masterpiece. I noticed things in her reading of this book that I had never paid attention to before. Truly she made a beautiful book even better. I can't wait to listen to this again and share it with my friends.
I am so grateful to Ms. Newton for narrating this classic. Her performance is itself a work of art. This is definitely a must listen.
The book, of course, is beyond wonderful, but this version read by Thandie Newton, was breathtaking. The nuances that she added to her performance gave it a whole new perspective. I loved it.
I am guilty of procrastination. Procrastination during finals week, no less! I found myself running out of time to read Jane Eyre, so I took to Audible. I'm so glad I did! This was a marvelous experience. Thandie Newton does an excellent job of all the voices and accents, making a great book better.
The quality of both the story and the narration kept me listening for hours. At times, the depth of the emotion between Jane and Mr Rochester left me in tears and almost unable to resume my daily activities. I will never forget this book.
"One of my favourites"
Jane Eyre is a beautifully written novel that I've read numerous times. I really enjoyed this audible version thanks to the wonderful narrator. I would definitely listen to Thandie Newman again.
"An incredible narration for a true classic!"
The narration was fantastic. Thandi really brought the book to life - I was completely immersed in the story from start to finish and was really sad when it was over.
I always think Jane Eyre is very similar to Wuthering Heights. The Brontes have an exceptional capability of capturing the passion of forbidden love with the anti heroes and really drawing you into the complex characters in their tales. Nothing is black and white, which keeps you guessing until the end.
When Rochester declares his love for Jane! My heart skipped a beat, such a beautiful scene.
The ending is so beautiful and bitter sweet and Thandi's narration was incredibly moving. I couldn't stop crying!
This really is an amazing listen, I encourage anyone to download it, they won't be disappointed!
Loved this! really recommend this version narrated by Thandie Newton as she does it so well : )
"Beautiful story, beautifully read"
I have read this before and Thandie Newton's narration did not disappoint. She read Jane so well and depicted her character perfectly. I thoroughly recommend this book especially if you are a fan of the story and I would definitely listen to it again.
"Thandie Newton best ever narration!!!!"
This was executed to perfection. Narration and reading brilliantly done!!! So happy I purchased this.
"great to read again after such a long time"
What a classic. I had forgotten the story having not read since I was at school, so 50 years later I think I enjoyed it more.
Its a must read and enjoy!
"Brilliant story, beautifully told."
Even though I had read the book a few times & seen every film version available, this presentation of Jane Eyre was narrated so well that I really felt I 'knew' & 'understood' Jane properly for the first time. Her spirit, her vivacity, her every mood were captured perfectly. I'm sure that I will be re-listening to this version many times in the years to come.
"Wonderful narration - but the music leaves a sour aftertaste"
Thandie Newton's narration was riveting, but the insertion of music at the beginning and the end is a total faux pas. It broke the spell completely. If you must have it at least put it on after the last word has been uttered, preferably on a seperate track!
"A beautifully read classic"
I am a latecomer to this era and style of writing but have recently enjoyed Middlemarch and some of Anthony trollope's work. I have seen the dramatised versions of Jane Eyre and was keen to listen to this. I raced through Jane's early life and her time at Low wood and as governess to Adele and her early relationship with Rochester and her fleeing, but I got bored (I know it sounds criminal to admit) with the dialogue between St John (?) and Jane and wished they'd just get to the point. I was disappointed with myself for not finding the detail of their relationship absorbing enough. It felt as if he had been added in just to give another twist and to allow his final letter to be a prophetic ending for the whole story. I know the academics talk of St John being the reason for Jane contemplating what is important - duty or passion and that might be the case but to me that toing and froing went on for too long.
"I might be biased, but..."
This is one of my favorite books, and T Newton does an excellent job delivering it.
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