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Villette | [Charlotte Bronte]

Villette

Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girl's school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.
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Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girl's school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

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    Chloe Madison, WI, USA 01-14-08
    Chloe Madison, WI, USA 01-14-08
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    "classical heart"

    Mandy Weston reads the story of wry, tender little Lucy Snow with great heart and subtle understanding. I enjoyed every minute.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-12-11
    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2011

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    "A beautiful, amazing book"

    I love Charlotte Bronte, her sisters and everything about this particular book. First of all, the narration is sublime. I can't wait to have Mandy Weston hired over and over again, to read book after book, especially of this time period. She is up there with Josephine Bailey who is one of my very favorite narrators. Villette is a masterpiece. It is too bad that Jane Eyre so overshadowed Charlottes other books. I loved Villette. I love the protaganist of Lucy Snowe. I lived in this book, I could barely function in this century while I was engrossed in this audio!!! More people, who love this genre need to hear this book, its just wonderful.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jana Zephyrhills, FL, United States 03-18-10
    Jana Zephyrhills, FL, United States 03-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Bypass This One"

    The narrator is OK, but the story is really uneventful and bland with too many references to the "reader" and too much french. It's difficult to stay with what story there is.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Sydney, NSW, Australia 03-31-10
    Stephanie Sydney, NSW, Australia 03-31-10
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    "Parlez vous francais?"

    There is a lot of French in this book, if you don't understand it you will miss things, not hard to guess but still its annoying.
    The reading is good, easy to listen to but the story is very long and there isn't that much that happens and its a totally rubbish ending.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 05-23-14
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "a novel about state of mind"

    I was a little disappointed in Villette. The narration is fine. But the novel is almost painfully lacking in any real events. The best thing about it is the subtle representation in Lucy Snowe, the narrator, of desires that she is not fully aware of. But she is a frustratingly cold and uncurious personality. She's so turned in on herself, so reluctant to actually do anything, that the novel becomes boring at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mona WOODLAND HILLS, CA, United States 11-23-12
    Mona WOODLAND HILLS, CA, United States 11-23-12
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    "Narrator doesn't know how to pronounce Paulina"
    Would you try another book from Charlotte Bronte and/or Mandy Weston?

    Every time the narrator said Pau.ly.na instead of Paulina, it was like hearing fingernails on a chalkboard.
    It's such a simple name that it's hard to believe anyone would mispronounce it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mandy Weston?

    I think Kate Reading who has recorded Pride and Prejudice is outstanding.
    I wish she would record Villette by Charlotte Bronte and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is beautiful and one of my favorites so it's a "must hear" by another reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KARI Wenona, MD, United States 11-05-12
    KARI Wenona, MD, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good, with reservations."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked this book, but I don't think I would have gotten it if offered again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Villette?

    The book itself was great, but the ending left me wanting more resolution.


    Which character – as performed by Mandy Weston – was your favorite?

    Lucy was the best.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, maybe a movie would give me a more definate ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deveny FLOVILLA, GA, United States 10-30-12
    Deveny FLOVILLA, GA, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Anti Catholic....Individualistic"
    What did you love best about Villette?

    I dearly loved this novel by Charlotte Bronte. I have a great love for British Classic Novels and Mandy Weston so beautifully brought this story to life with her narrative. I was disheartened to read the prior review and thought to bring to light an alternate perspective of this novel. I believe Bronte created in Miss Lucy Snowe and M. Paul Emanuel the very contrasts in religion of the period. While Lucy voiced her opinion (albeit objections) of the Catholic faith during her forced education, and yes it was truly forced as is clearly advised to the reader, Paul offered the opposing view as a devout Catholic. Lucy complements the essence of the Catholic faith (the attributes of the faith in which are demonstrated by Paul) and renounces what she feels is a materialistic invasions on the purity of the faith. During this time period the ambition of the Roman Catholic Church across Europe can be argued as having been to assume the role of the dominating faith, repressing Protestantism as well as other emerging faiths. The story is less about religion itself and more about how the differing religious views play a vital role in the separation of Lucy and Paul. It is a beautifully written novel with descriptive elements that allow the listener to envision Lucy's world. Her solace outward countenance rivaled by her internal struggles, turmoils, and discoveries of her own self rarely displayed to her colleagues within the novel but rather to the listeners ear, engage the listener and create sympathy, empathy and a reverence for the character. Many times throughout the novel my chest ached at the suppression of Lucy's feeling and her determination to "put aside such things".

    To the young and old readers alike, this novel is a gem, a treasure. I look forward to listening to it over and over again as I do not yet believe I have been enlightened to all this novel has to offer, nor may I ever. The lessons, or revelations, are so numerous from psychological, theological and cultural views, I believe Bronte's masterpiece could be studied for generations.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Baton Rouge, LA, United States 07-02-10
    Maggie Baton Rouge, LA, United States 07-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "prepare yourself!"

    the heroine of this book has a station in life that is below all the other people that she interacts with but amazingly is their superior in all respects. her private thoughts tell the reader of her superiority which may be a silent bolster to the character but comes across as sheer condescension. trapped in circumstances she takes the blows issued by the smarmy characters surrounding her who control her life while she makes her private judgments of them. that seems to be the entire purpose of our dear perfect Lucy Snowe in Villette. a structurally fully developed novel that disappoints in action and in verisimilitude.

    alas. a young reader can learn how to be condescending and superior to others by reading villette.

    HOWEVER, Mandy Weston, the reader, is EXCELLENT! one of the finest i've heard.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Antioch, TN, United States 01-16-13
    Stephanie Antioch, TN, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great to read a little known classic"
    Any additional comments?

    I never knew that Charlotte Bronte had any other novels than Jane Eyre. They are similar in that the main characters have to go through a lot of self-discovery and finding their independence in order to find love. They are different in that Villette tells more of the story of the supporting characters around Lucy Snow. Be prepared of the sections in French, which there are many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Caroline
    VoorschotenNetherlands
    12/19/08
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    "Excellent reading"

    This is my favourite audiobook! Of course because of Charlotte Bronte's novel, but the reading of Mandy Weston makes it so much more felt. Lucy Snow's musings, restraints are thouroughly full of sense. Other characters are given their own personality. The chemistry between the personages are sparkling. I am hearing this one over and over again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lee-Anne
    bodmin, United Kingdom
    8/18/11
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    "Deeply thoughtful, and a touching love story"

    Psychological character study, religious and philosophical meditation, and above all - a Romance with a touch of the Bronte Gothic, 'Villette' is all this and more. It is the story of Lucy Snowe, a young, orphaned English girl struggling to make her own way in life, who comes to live in the French town of Villette. It is a thoughtful, satisfying novel, with all the strength and beauty of Bronte's poetic language and vision. It is perhaps not as directly accessible as 'Jane Eyre' or even 'Shirley', it feels more mature in style, more thoughtful. It is a wonderful expression of the creative and spiritual mind of Charlotte Bronte, and a touching love story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Didcot, United Kingdom
    8/31/11
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    "Wonderfully read"

    I grew impatient at times, but there are some lovely bits to this book and it really is fantastically well read. Mandy Weston somehow manages to make Lucy Snowe a warmer, fuller character yet without betraying the spirit of the text. I'm not sure about giving the characters French accents when their words are translated, but I suppose it was an easy way to distinguish characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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