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Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] | [Charlotte Bronte]

Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.
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After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room.

But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor. The moody Rochester, however, rebuffed her attempts to find out about the woman, and ordered her to keep quiet about strange noises she heard at night.

One night in the garden, Edward Rochester embraced Jane and proposed marriage. But the quiet ceremony in the village church was shockingly halted by a stranger who claimed that Rochester was already married - to the raving maniac Jane had heard crying in the house.

Grief-stricken, Jane left Thornfield, feeling that her life was over before it had really begun. But life had many surprises in store for our heroine, and among them there just might be a happily-ever-after.

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    Jennifer CHOCTAW, OKLAHOMA, United States 02-24-11
    Jennifer CHOCTAW, OKLAHOMA, United States 02-24-11
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    "Initial Impressions of a half-asleep girl."

    I am obliged to read Jane Eyre for a literature course at my university. While reading the book the old-fashioned way--that is, with my eyes--wasn't unappealing, the amount of homework required of me this semester has left long commutes my most opportune time for 'study'. Hence audiobooks.

    I've only finished a third of the novel, thus far, but... I have to say, I am absolutely in LOVE with Susan Ericksen. There is nothing about her narration that I don't like. I actually find myself disappointed when my hour and a half car-rides are over with. So much so, that I would continue driving in circles... If I could afford the gas, which I can't-- but that's not relevant at the moment. Not to you, I mean. It matters a great deal to me, obviously.

    I've digressed (don't be alarmed; it was an intentional digression). My point is while I likely would have enjoyed Jane Eyre absorbed in the traditional sense (me hurting my neck because I've never been able to read anything without crooking my head at awkward angles... And let's face it-- Jane Eyre is long enough that I could paralyze myself permanently.) ...Listening to it read by the wonderful Susan Ericksen makes Bronte all the more rewarding.

    By far, the best audio book I have ever heard... (True, this is only my third audio book, but 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'Absalom, Absalom!' do not EVEN begin to compete... On any level.)

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Saman Houston, TX, United States 06-17-13
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Classic love story for all time …"

    I picked this novel up for free recently. The adage “you get what you pay for” is so wrong in this context. Charlotte Bronte’s superlative love story captures your heart from its very first few pages. Remember that this story was written when women struggled to find literary publishers and their artistic powers were subjugated by convention and prejudice. That is why this story is so remarkable with its passion, mystery, religion, and even such controversial topics as bigamy and living as a mistress. An incredible story from an incredible literary family.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-24-13
    Elizabeth 04-24-13

    I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."

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    "Riveting"

    I confess that this is my first Bronté novel. I say, "Confess," because it seems almost criminal now to have lived nearly 50 years without having read her before...especially since I'm already a fan of Jane Austen, who wrote similar works.

    Jane Eyre is an amazing work of fiction. Brilliantly descriptive language transports the reader into another world...and the narrator is the perfect vehicle for the story. Susan Ericksen does a masterful job. She handles the different characterizations with ease, seamlessly, almost completely without stumble (and with none that are serious). I would happily read Bronté again, and I would happily listen to Ericksen again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-22-13
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "A Classic Romance"

    This is a true love story that everyone should read or listen to atleast once. Jennifer

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    keasha 02-04-13
    keasha 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One to listen to again and again........"
    What did you love best about Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    The performance was outstanding!


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made the story and all of its characters and places come alive with her performance.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 08-31-12
    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2008

    I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.

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    "My favorite book and read beautifully!"

    I first read Jane Eyre as a 12 year old in 7th grade. I enjoyed the romance between Jane and Rochester, I laughed and the gypsy scene, and I took a very black and white view on the story. I related more to the openly fiery Jane of 10.

    At 16, I read it again, but I skipped over parts, reading the romantic scenes and skipping the less showy parts. Sadly, looking back, I probably related more to Blanche. I imagined Jane as pretty and Rochester as handsome, ignoring the author's desire that her heroine be plain.

    At 19, Jane Eyre became my favorite book. I read it with the full understanding of an adult female, the heartache, the injustice, the being torn in two and the fullness of a love that had to wait. I read it at work, a big mistake seeing as I cried my eyes out. I've read this book many times since then, and each time I discover something new.

    Whenever I come across a copy of this book I don't have, I buy it. I have like, 6 different copies on my bookshelf! lol. So of course, when I had the chance to have a copy of this in audiobook form, I thought, "why not!?" This was the first true audiobook I ever listened to, and it didn't disappoint. Susan Ericksen did an AMAZING job of portraying the characters, speaking flawless French, and made the story come alive in a way I never knew it could. That copy was a free one that I received from a friend in CD form. After I joined audible, I searched through ALL the versions of Jane Eyre available to find THIS one, and I bought it again.

    The story is timeless, engrossing, engaging, and challenging. In life situations, Jane's words have come back to me, her strength of character and being true to herself and her convictions adding to my own strength. Full of mystery, romance, desire, subdued passion, sadness, angst, horror and heartache. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of literature, especially this brilliant [Brilliance Edition].

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 01-12-10
    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 01-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic"

    The narrator was simply perfect on this one. Her voice was just beautiful to listen to. I'll be looking for other books that she's narrated next. The story was great, too. The only slight problem I had with the plot was when an incredible coincidence occurred towards the end of the book. It just wasn't believable to me. I still rate this audiobook 5 stars.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Casey marietta, GA, United States 09-16-14
    Casey marietta, GA, United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    I read Jane Eyre in high school and wasn't that into it so I'm not sure why I decided to download it, but I'm glad I did. I didn't want to stop listening! The narrator was excellent and did a great job of making the story more interesting and more animated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-24-14
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    "Fantastic story and Oscar winning performance."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] to be better than the print version?

    This is my all time favor book and this was read beautifully. The narrator brings the characters to life from the lonely Jane to the brooding Mr. Rochester, to the cold, unimpassioned Mr.Rivers. This story is truly a romantic classic and a must read (or listen to).


    What other book might you compare Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] to and why?

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is another romantic classic.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant, Fantastic, Oscar winning performance! She brings all the characters to life with energy, passion and a British accent that helps make the characters.


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

    I did get a little misty eyed when Helen died. I've read this before, not to mention seeing many movie versions of the story. It still makes me warm inside to read the happy ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kim dubray Sacramento, Ca 07-13-14
    kim dubray Sacramento, Ca 07-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is a classic for a very good reason


    What other book might you compare Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] to and why?

    Little Women because of the time period and the characters.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The sense that the love was so true


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

    Yes. It was captivating


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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