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.
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“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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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.
I would recommend this audiobook to any friend who is interested In the lives of the Brontë sisters and who likes period stories.
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.
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.
I absolutely loved listening to this book. It was beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. I don't understand why the conceit of "secret diaries" was used in the title and at the beginning and end of the volume. There is nothing diary-like about this book. It is written like an autobiography and that is a wonderful thing, much more appealing than imagined diaries would be. I highly recommend the book to anyone who's read any of Brontës novels.
A fantastic story for Bronte and Austen fans! What makes it truly superlative however is the outstanding performance by Bianca Amato. For a year now I have gone looking for books she has performed and have discovered some wonderful gems. Enjoy!
Syrie James voice is pleasant. So many readers have such harsh tones that 24 hours can be difficult. Odd dramatic use of male voice. Think always Alexander Scourby as the ideal. we know a man's voice is deeper. Don't try to act. Such is the consistent mistake of audible.
I enjoyed a book several years ago read by this narrator and was pleasantly surprised to hear her voice when I started this one. She's fantastic.
The book is thrilling in the way Charlotte's own books are thrilling, written in a way I can imagine she might have written. I loved it so much I had to write a review, which I never do.
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