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The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte | [Syrie James]

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

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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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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    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 08-01-14
    Barbara Albany, NY, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.

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    "Historical fiction at it's best."

    Enjoyed this story of the lives of the Bronte siblings. Life before antibiotics sure was fragile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


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    Marie 07-24-15
    Marie 07-24-15
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    "I was riveted to the story."

    A charming, heartfelt story. Loved the history, the sentiment, and the intimacy of the telling of her life.

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    Joy Martinello Portland, OR, US 05-25-15
    Joy Martinello Portland, OR, US 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So glad it's true!"

    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!

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    Danielle Moore, Oklahoma, United States 05-09-15
    Danielle Moore, Oklahoma, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, narrator's voice tedious. "

    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.

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    Josie 05-03-15
    Josie 05-03-15
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    "Well done."

    It has been a treat to learn more about one of my favorite authors. The narration was exceptional! She interpreted multiple characters faithfully.

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    Kathryne 03-04-15
    Kathryne 03-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the most truly romantic books I ever read"

    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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    Wandering Hoosier 02-13-15 Member Since 2015

    dog lover

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    "Loved the Last Half of the Book"

    I heard great things about this book, so I had high expectations for it. The first half of the book dragged on. But the last half was superb! I loved learning about the Bronte family through the eyes of Charlotte. I also enjoyed watching Charlotte's character develop--even through her fame. But I do have difficulty reconciling her love for her husband with the way she felt about him for 3/4 of the book. It's a great story, but I'd almost recommend starting it near the middle.

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    MrsHunt Ohio 02-04-15
    MrsHunt Ohio 02-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The secret diaries of Charlotte bronte"

    What a wonderful book, it's always so interesting to read about the life of the author that wrote one of the most celebrated books of the last 250 years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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