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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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    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 03-23-12
    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DREAM"

    A simple, honorable life of living the gift and the dream. I so wish Charlotte lived a long life: for her newly found happiness, for her devoted husband, for her five deceased siblings, for her old father and for us, enchanted readers of her masterfully written books.
    I am off to listen to "Shirley", the book everyone in the family admired and laughed at, as read in Charlotte's diary.

    Victoria Evangelina

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 11-28-11
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic!"

    Every emotion - from tears to chuckling outloud make listening to this book entertaining and fun. It opens a door into, not just life at the time of the Bronte's, Charlotte's struggles and adventures in her life, her writing and styles of her times. I was glad Syrie James included senerios of accepting the plight of being a woman at that time, working around its handicap and the start of slow progression to change women's status. Don't miss this book!

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-28-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Wonderful story and great narration"

    If you know anything about the Bronte sisters, or the Bronte family and have enjoyed the writings then I suggest you get this book. I was so drawn in by the emotions of the family interactions and the feelings of love and loyalty. The narrator Bianca Amato did a wonderful job and I was so very touched by this piece I went back to re-read the Bronte sisters works. Thank you Audible this is one of your best.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    LeeAnne Sandston, VA, United States 08-15-12
    LeeAnne Sandston, VA, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Man, what a good book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed it immensely! Even if you aren't into the Bronte's books, this is good on it's own.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 01-31-13
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A TRUE GEM"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte to be better than the print version?

    The story is so wonderful and so well written that I would think that the print version would be an excellent option. However, Bianca Amato does an amazing job in bringing the characters the life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it was a true story about an amazing person and her family. I usually do not like true stories and I bought this book several months ago and had put off listening to it - what a mistake that was. The story of Charlotte Bronte and her sisters whom she loved so much has touched my heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a hard question. As I run through the various scenes in my mind, there are so many that I will probably never forget. I enjoyed Charlotte and Mr. Nicholas first walk together and the discussion of exactly what he said at the dinner table that made her hate him for so long.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I stayed up until 2 in the morning listening to the book when I got to the part where her brother and sisters die within such a short amount of time with one another and I sobbed. It was so sad that these young, talented people died so young.

    There were several places in the book where I smiled to myself and even laughed, but I think the most extreme would have to be the death of her family.


    Any additional comments?

    AMAZING! FANTASTIC! WONDERFUL! Touching! Sweet! I loved this story and I know that I will listen to it again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandria Milton New York 09-12-12
    Alexandria Milton New York 09-12-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A truly joyful experience"
    Would you listen to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte again? Why?

    I rarely re-listen to audiobooks, so it's doubtful, but I did truly enjoy this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was completely unfamiliar with the life of the Brontes going into this, and the book brought the characters so much to life that I developed a real interest in them, an interest which has continued even after I've finished the book. I felt that all of the characters were people dear to me, and I was sad when the story ended. Excellent character development.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    The narration was amazing. All of the voices were done skillfully and were distinct from one another. I would have never read this book in hard copy, and it was the voice of Amato in the sample that made me purchase it. The book exceeded my expectations, but Amato's narration enhanced the story immensely.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All of the above. I was invested in the story and its characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not generally like Victorian-era literature or anything associated with it. Jane Austen puts me to sleep. This book was a rare purchase for me, perhaps because it was written so recently. Either way, I am reassessing my opinion of Victorian literature.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-31-12
    Regina Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "scratched my historical romance itch"
    If you could sum up The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte in three words, what would they be?

    Lovely, lovely, lovely


    What other book might you compare The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte to and why?

    Jane Eyre


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

    Great accent on the love interest. The men all sound very different. Great skills


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

    Charlotte Bronte's tragic lovestory


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Burdge Kansas City 03-13-13
    P. Burdge Kansas City 03-13-13 Member Since 2011

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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 02-14-13
    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 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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    Dr. Winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-30-13
    Dr. Winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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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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