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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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    Cassandra Grapevine, TX, United States 07-14-13
    Cassandra Grapevine, TX, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2015

    24. English/Language Arts Enthusiast. Coffee Addict. Aspiring Writer & World Traveler.

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    "Brilliance Edition--Brilliant Indeed."

    Catching up on the classics is no easy task, but Ericksen's brilliant performance makes it a tad bit less daunting. Flowing easily from the persona of one character into the next, she flings even the most unwilling reader into mind of Jane Eyre and the world surrounding her.

    Note: The first half of the book will not likely leave the reader racing to the end, but I promise you, the party at the finish line is worth the slow and steady pace!

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    Doubting Tim 07-12-13

    Tim

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    "Classic tale, beautifully read"
    Would you listen to Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] again? Why?

    Listened to the whole thing at a single all-night listening, believe it or not. Very more-ish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic expression of the English novel at its best.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    The narrator and everyone else -- all very well done. I liked the UK voice with a trained-actor style of intonation - I find this preferable to US voices for classic novels.


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

    Wonderful journey back -- hearing the book was a reminder of reading an important book at an earlier age, when the expressive language of this novel had a great impact


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the wonderful enunciation, the reader does occasionally mispronounce less-common English words (eg tow (as in a strand of tow - flax or hemp, same as tow-haired) is pronounced like OW! (ouch!) not like towing (pulling) something behind you. There were a few other instances that I noticed, a couple of them repeated, but they were not very intrusive because on the whole the reading was fast-paced and very expertly done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Harlow Fort Collins 07-07-13
    Dan Harlow Fort Collins 07-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not quite the masterpiece it's made out to be"
    Any additional comments?

    My favorite part of the novel was the time Jane spent with the Rivers'. Though I didn't know that these people would ultimately turn out to be her relations, there was an easy, comfortable homeyness to their relationships. I also enjoyed how St. John was, aside from marriage, able to get the better of Jane. I say this not so much that I felt Jane needed any due, but rather because she, as written, had no real faults. This lack of fault in Jane, aside from a stubborn streak, is in part what keeps the novel as a whole from being a true masterpiece; the other nibbling quibble I have is Charlotte's inability to fully describe a setting better than a rough sketch.

    I could better forgive the later (the sketchiness of the descriptions) had Jane been someone who was not so astute, so observant, and also so taken by passion. I could also better understand it had Jane not been an artist. Yet this inability of the author to really let us see (see better than Mr. Rochester in the finale) coupled with the fact that Jane isn't an unreliable narrator - people who are mean to her are not because of any oversight of her's, they just ARE bad people - all this weighs the novel down and keeps it from rising to what I was expecting to be a much more brilliant novel.

    Jane's lack of faults and an overall lack of any sense of humor in the story (I can't have more than passingly chuckled only a handful of times, and then it probably wasn't even intentional) makes the novel a bit dull. Not even the unending pun of Jane (as in one who is plain) and Eyre (as in air, ire, heir) could get a rise from me.

    Yet when the story is really going, when Jane is as passionate as the terrible weather that soaks every page with rain and snow and storm, when things are hot, the novel is really good and it's hard to not get caught up in it. I did believe she loved Mr. Rochester and I believed he loved her.

    But what I loved was the complicated relationship between her and St. John. I liked him even better than strange, ugly Mr. Rochester because he was flawed in a way that real people are flawed. He was sort of unbearable, intolerable, proud, and haughty. Add in that he thought himself blameless, that he believed his name was already written in God's book, made him interesting - more interesting than Jane or her cousins.

    In fact, Olivia, who loved St. John but whom he denied, as nice but dim as she was, served as sort of a metaphor for what a person the author didn't believe people should be yet made Jane, in many ways, just as dim and dull.

    As for the tendency towards melodrama in the novel, I kept wondering if Charlotte was writing a novel she was hoping to see herself in or was speaking to some greater truth of the human condition that 150 odd years since its writing no longer is able to get across well. There are moments, especially the fire at the end that are so over the top that the novel felt indulgent, however, it was such a good scene that it was entertaining. I wonder if Charlotte was just trying to spice things up a bit after pages and pages of interesting, but rather long-winded dialog.

    I do understand that the novel has political and social consequences that in their historical context are quite important, and as a feminist tract this novel is very important in the western tradition. However, with fresh, modern eyes, I never felt that Jane was doing anything worthy of even a mild blush. No consideration was made for what other people in the novel felt about Jane's situation so to learn that the novel was met with social resistance is purely a matter of the times the novel was written, an interesting societal footnote, but not at all indicative of the text on a larger scheme. There seems to be little intention on Charlotte's behalf to 'shock' readers otherwise she would have put Jane's travails in a larger, more controversial frame.

    To better explain, it's like talking about very early season episodes of The Simpsons: they were controversial at the time but there is nothing controversial in them, they just caused an uproar because they showed a rougher side to family humor. It was much ado about nothing.

    And so I feel too is Jane Eyre: much ado about nothing.

    Yet I did really enjoy the novel too. The endless dialog was, unlike Dostoevsky, never dull, seemed natural, and never dragged even when it was far from brief. Characters seemed most 'in their element' when conversing and when the story demanded action that Charlotte didn't take into melodramatic waters, the situations were very interesting, such as the death of Mrs. Sarah Reed (another great character). Here the novel shines and though there may not be anything earth-shattering in its observations, that's not what the book was going for. Charlotte wanted to draw us in, make us live with these people, make us feel that love she felt, and in that regard I was quite convinced.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-25-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Had to Have that New Car"

    You know how some guys get car fever and just have to have a new car, to the point they lose all common sense. I am that way with books. I should have known this was not something I would be interested in. It is very well written and I could even see myself in the character. ( How when we are young and your walking down a dark street and you hear something coming and your mind comes up with stuff you read in fairy books.)

    If you are following me, cause you like Zombies, Science Fiction or Historical Fiction, then my rating has to be true and this is a girly book for girls.

    If romance is your thing, you will probably love this.

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    Jude Chicago 06-16-13
    Jude Chicago 06-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is spot on"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite novel. I have read the book too many times to count and watched all the movies, yet still come back to the book for a refresher. As the story goes, there are circumstances that seem unbelievable. Such as Jane believing Rochester's explanation of the madwoman of Thornfield. Or Jane happening to knock on the very door of a cottage where her cousins live even though she never knew of their existence. Finally, the way Jane finds out that her beloved Rochester has been hiding a secret. Still, the narrative, characterization, dialogue, and prose are so delicious that we can suspend our disbelief, ignore plot problems, and become totally engrossed in a classic story of passionate love. Come for a great romance, stay for a fantastic interpretation from a fabulous narrator..


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    Cynthia Grass Lake, MI, United States 06-05-13
    Cynthia Grass Lake, MI, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Mother of 2 teens, alternate between reading for educational enrichment and pure pleasure. Like to run, bike, hike, and dance.

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    "Loved! Renewed my desire for classics!"
    What made the experience of listening to Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] the most enjoyable?

    Loved the story of a young girl who overcame odds and was somewhat of a feminist in an age when it wasn't cool.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    When she visits after a year's absence.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Jane


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    true love between kindred spirits, thou shall overcome!


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    Augusto Belo Horizonte, Brazil 05-15-13
    Augusto Belo Horizonte, Brazil 05-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Marvelous !!!"

    The author uses a rich vocabulary and full of details scene descrition to cacht the attention of the reader.
    Its impossible not to get involved with the characters and to try to support Jayne Aire in her journey.
    A fantastic novel greatly narrated…

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    Jenni 04-27-13
    Jenni 04-27-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Perfectly Narrated - A Beautiful Listen!"

    This story comes alive in the narration. I know that sounds like a commercial, but I am absolutely serious in making this claim. Not only is Susan Ericksen's narration wonderful, but Charlotte Bronte's writing style is gorgeous! If you shy away from the classics because they're too wordy, or the words seem to be in the wrong places, give this one a try. I had no trouble at all following this story and it was such a wonderful one. I thoroughly enjoyed this recording.

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    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 04-15-13
    Laura Dallas, Texas, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A classic for a reason!"
    Would you listen to Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] again? Why?

    Yes!! Although it is slow to "read" at times, it was a delightful listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    Honestly, Ms. Ericksen's performance. I don't think I ever could have imagined the characters as vividly as she portrayed them. That was a delight!


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

    The characters come to life. She spoke with an English accent, of course but her Irish characters were impressive!


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

    No just because it was slow-moving at times but it was a delightful listen!


    Any additional comments?

    I would consider this a must "read!"

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    TLP NJ 04-12-13
    TLP NJ 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this story....excellent audio book!"
    What did you love best about Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    Excellent audio book! I love this story and the narrator was very very good. If you like the classics like Austin books then you will love this book. I couldn't stop listening, especially towards the end. I have seen movies and miniseries based on this book but they do not do it justice. Timeless romance! This is one of those audio books that I would definitely listen to over and over again.


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