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The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte Audiobook

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

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Publisher's Summary

From Syrie James, the best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a novel that captures the passionate heart and restless soul of Charlotte Brontë—the author who gave the world Jane Eyre while longing for a soulmate.

©2009 Syrie James (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“James makes sense of the events of Charlotte’s life, tells a story that captures the language and feel of the times, and keeps the novel moving at a fast pace … a captivating and entertaining read.” (Feathered Quill Book Reviews)

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    Nik 02-14-13
    Nik 02-14-13 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "I Love This Book."

    DELIGHTFUL! Written well. Researched. Narrated AMAZINGLY! This book was like spending 10 years with Charlotte Bronte as a companion and interacting with her amazing sisters, her bitter brother, her taciturn father, her bestie Ellen, her Mr. Nichols and blossoming friendship with Elizabeth Gaskell. This book was emotional, bouncing between cheerful and heartbreaking at all times. But when it came time for Charlotte to endure her brother's and sisters deaths, it was painful. This poor woman suffered as much as she won. **SPOILERS** The two best parts of this book were: 1) The Bronte sisters discussing Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" after reading it. Total literary-gasm. 2) Jane's wedding night. I blushed. No it wasn't graphic, but my inner victorian lady was quite aghast. This book takes place during the sisters publishing of their books, which is nerve-wrecking and exciting all at once. All in all, this is a very good listen. The narrator is brilliant. I am now going to down load this author's "The Memiors of Jane Austen" at once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TAG 01-30-13
    TAG 01-30-13
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    "A happy surprise"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to any friend who is interested In the lives of the Brontë sisters and who likes period stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story included sickness, tragedy, and death. It was about personal development, relationships, literature, and ambition. The story was also about love among family members and friends, as well as romantic love. I liked the portrayal of the time, the conditions, and the struggles of the period. I liked that Charlotte's character was a strong woman who thought for herself and made decisions based on her values rather than societal values. I loved the bond between the sisters. I also found it interesting that even though the story of occurred in a completely different era, the experience of falling in love has similarities when compared to the present day. The story was very engaging and kept me interested throughout.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Burdge 03-13-13
    P. Burdge 03-13-13

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    "Read a Real Bronte Novel Instead"

    It was well performed, I learned more about the Brontes, but it seemed to drag on and on for me. I didn't finish it after getting through about 2/3 of it. Just couldn't keep my interest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 09-17-12
    Claire 09-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "unlikely"

    I think Charlotte would roll over in her grave. I assume the facts are based in truth, but the story suggests Charlotte, reluctant to marry beneath her station, finds herself justified in her choice by the surprise that her lowly curate is, in fact, rich. That makes everything alright.
    Her devoted curate, showing constant love for eight years, then gives her a five day “silent treatment” right after they’re married because he eavesdrops on a partial conversation and doesn’t like what he hears. There is no real love, devotion or compassion shown by these characters and I feel certain (having read all of Charlotte’s novels) that this imagined biography would make her sad and humiliated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jody in Minneapolis 03-09-17
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    "Dreary and Wearisome, Brooding Never-ending Angst"
    Any additional comments?

    From a time of when sitting on the same sofa constituted an insinuated proposal of marriage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ilene 02-02-17
    ilene 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    Beautifully done in every way- don't miss it! I'm only halfway through but love every minute and I know I will miss this family when it's over. Please - a word to reviewers - please try to avoid spoilers- I was just reading some of the reviews and one of them actually ruined part of the story for me, telling me certain things that were to come. I won't repeat it here since it will ruin it for the next person - but reviewers please be considerate and stop before you give things away. At this moment I can't get these things out of my head knowing what's coming since I unknowingly read this review!

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    L. J. Piquette 01-05-17

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    "Better than I could have hoped for!"
    Where does The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely up there!


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't but she did a fabulous job! I couldn't be happier!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to answer any of the specific comments, not wanting to give anything away. But let me tell you, I've been in love with Jane Eyre since I saw the 1996 movie, then read the book. I've also read Wuthering Heights. If you are a fan of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte in particular, then I don't see how you wouldn't love this book. The narrator was amazing. The story mostly true and very gripping. This is one of the few books which have brought on such a range of emotions in me. Please give it a try and I really doubt you'll be disappointed.

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    casey 12-21-16
    casey 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book so much and was so sad when it finished


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything! the narrator was 5 stars


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no i have not


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

    not sure, but it was amazing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyric G. Eads Buffalo, WY USA 12-14-16
    Lyric G. Eads Buffalo, WY USA 12-14-16 Member Since 2015

    Acts2Princess

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    "Other reviews didn't lie"

    What a fascinating insight on the Bronte family! As others have said, it caught and held my interest from start to finish. What a tragic family history, out of which came beautiful and classic literature which will be appreciated forever (I hope).

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    mocha teddy 12-11-16
    mocha teddy 12-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excrutiatingly boring"
    What disappointed you about The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte?

    Even though the Bronte family was repressed sexually and emotionally, i have to believe that they inwardly had a fire that led the sisters to write powerful novels. Unfortunately, this is not represented in the books characters and as a result, they all seem boring and dull.


    What was most disappointing about Syrie James’s story?

    The plot never caught fire. I kept on hoping it would and continued to read it even though, towards the end, I was frustrated and wanting to not complete it. It's so long and I had already invested so much time listening that I felt obligated to finish it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Bianco Amato is always good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte?

    The last two thirds of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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