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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.

(P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    S 03-06-13
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    "Eloquently written!"
    Where does Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jane Eyre was my 8th or 9th purchase from Audible and has been one of my favorites so far. I really enjoy historical romances and romances in general. It was refreshing to find a story written in such an eloquent style, using such descriptive phrases. I understand why this is a great book in curriculum studies because there are so many words I have never heard, however that did not distract from the story, the descriptions were still clear enough and painted a great picture of the story. We need more books like this! It was refreshing to read a romance that does not contain any graphic sexual content, nor did it need it, it was great!


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

    There were so many memorable moments, in general I really loved the interaction between Jane & Edward.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Great narration. She was pleasant and easy to listen to with great emotion, inflection and character distinction.


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    Beth Murfreesboro, TN, United States 03-04-13
    Beth Murfreesboro, TN, United States 03-04-13
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    "An all time favorite"
    Where does Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 25%


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic love story


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

    Jane Eyre of course


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

    when they hear each others voices in the wind


    Any additional comments?

    I re-read Jane Eyre every few years. Great to hear it read so well, especially in an unabridged version

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    MaryAnn 02-13-13
    MaryAnn 02-13-13
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    "Enjoyed re-reading this classic"

    I appreciated this book much more this time around than when I read it many years ago as required reading. I became very involved in the main characters life, felt her range of emotions for all that befell her in her life. Excellent story.

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    Natalie Gaston, SC, United States 02-12-13
    Natalie Gaston, SC, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I think reading an old book under the trees is terribly romantic, but mostly I just have time to listen to them while I do dishes.

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    "Jane Eyre is part of my being"

    I have never been able to decide on a favorite book, but sometimes I think it is Jane Eyre. I could praise the book, but I am going to assume that most people reading these reviews is more interested in the narrator.

    I have listened to Jane Eyre once before, and I thought the voice for Jane was all wrong. I gave Susan Erickson 5 stars because I felt she did justice to all my beloved characters. The only thing that occasionally bothered me was her fast pace during some of the dialogue. I still plan on listening to this version again and think it deserves 5 stars, but sometimes I would find myself thinking "slow down a little!" I listened to all the samples for the unabridged version, and I glad I chose this one.



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    Frances 02-11-13
    Frances 02-11-13

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    "An Unexpected End"
    Would you listen to Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] again? Why?

    I enjoyed this story as it had many twists and turns that were unexpected.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Jane Eyre because she has such a pleasant personality and strong character.


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

    I listened to this story before I went to bed at night and it was very hard to choose a stopping point each evening.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was very interesting. It was an enjoyable read. I really liked the specific reader of this edition as she could read the French well and read with enthusiasm. My only complaint against this audio book was that the audio had several places where I was given the message " you have reached the end of professional narration of this book" so I would read ahead on my own and find that the story picked up again with the audio. I was listening to this book in conjunction with reading the e-book on my Kindle Fire HD.

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    GrammyEm Cape Coral, FL 02-04-13
    GrammyEm Cape Coral, FL 02-04-13
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    "Well done!!"
    If you could sum up Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] in three words, what would they be?

    Great intonation, narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jane Eyre is a great romance that I have read several times as a young girl and now again to refresh my memory but hearing it narrated in the English accent was wonderful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several scenes were wonderfully narrated. The attention to detail and descriptions of country side and especially the orchard was beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this audiobook very relaxing to listen to. The voice was excellent and the role playing done well.

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    Ursula 02-03-13
    Ursula 02-03-13
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    "AWESOME voice narration!!"

    Susan Ericksen's voice made the experience of listening to this copy of Jane Eyre so enjoyable! The story if of course a great story too, but her added voice gifting definitely doubled the enjoyment. She does an awesome job playing different voices of various characters, and reading emotions with passion. It's almost like I was watching a movie of it! Even my husband in listening in at some point said, "Man, she's good."

    The story is a good story of love, intrigue and integrity. A great classic for sure. The only thing I wasn't too crazy about were the landscape and nature descriptions, but it was part of expressing the character of Jane so it was just a part of who she was. But Susan's voice made even listening to those parts enjoyable. I would love to listen to more of Susan's readings just to enjoy her gift of narrating!

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    Joyce Almyra, AR, United States 01-29-13
    Joyce Almyra, AR, United States 01-29-13
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    "A Great Read, Audio not so great!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they have very good listening equipment. I ordered audio because I have a hearing loss. I thought using the earphones would work well when exercising. Perhaps it was my earphones not being "top of the line", but I could hardly hear the voice, then it completely left! I read the book which I did enjoy and would highly recommend it. The movie is also being shown on TV and having read the book recently made the movie even better!


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably try another audible book if it is read by a man. I tend to hear male voices better than high-pitched female voices.

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    BurningThyme 01-24-13
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    "GOOD READ!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    VERY GOOD! NEXT TO EXCELLENT! The words flowed nicely,GOOD voice choice. The only trouble came that I remember was when the name of St.John came about. I was surprised to see that it could go from English to French to German without a problem. I wish that the voice recognition program that I had on my PC for typing a while back was half as good.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    JANE was my favorite and closest to myself on many levels. I served many people in the 20 plus years as an aide.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    She has a great accent to read not only for busy adult, but for children also. A clear speaking voice as well as a GOOD pitch for those that are hard of hearing. It was obviously a good choice to have a woman' s voice READING a book from a woman's perspective. VERY WELL DONE!


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    Christine Wainwright St. George, UT United States 01-22-13
    Christine Wainwright St. George, UT United States 01-22-13

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    "I love this story and the narrator was excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, excellent quality, great story.


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

    I love listening to her accent and speech


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

    When I was in my youth, the portion about Jane's friend moved me the most.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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