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I loved Agnes Grey. Agnes is a young woman of incredible character, and her integrity, patience, prudence, forbearance, self-control, humility, forgiveness, tenderness, and compassion are to be admired. It is so important to read about people one would want to emulate and would aspire to be like, and Agnes Grey is one such person. The comparisons and contrasts between all of the book's characters was an insight into humankind, as well. And, the ending...
The Bronte sisters sure did know what they were about!!! I doubt I would have picked this book up at a bookstore and by not doing so would have missed a chance to a wonderful story. While somewhat predictable, it never the less compelles the listener to complete the story. Wonderfully written and read.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Anne is often overlooked among the Bronte family, and this book shows why. It's hard to overlook the martyred tone. I read this for a book club and might not otherwise have finished it. If you can overlook the unpleasant heroine, there is some wonderful description in the writing.
I'd recommend this mostly for people wanting the entire Bronte experience. Anne is much better represented by "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall".
Agnes Grey read by Emilia Fox is charming and engaging if not predictable (but who cares its a Bronte!). I thought the narrators voice was angelic and perfect for the meandering mind of the protagonist. I feel that I go back in time, that these audio books of stories from that century, make me feel like I am in my own time ship. The verses, the words used at that time, make English a beautiful language to me again. I love listening to the story but also enjoy the poetic verses that are throughout the book. IA lovely listen.
After listening to The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall, read by Alex Jennings, I was very eager to become a true Anne Bronte fan! Unfortunately, despite my determination, this book was extremely disappointing! Emilia Fox did okay - not near the exuberant reading of the afore mentioned, but it was nominal. The book, however, was such a letdown! The character of Agnes Grey was dismal, weak, and frustrating - and by the end, the reader just wanted it over - and felt she probably deserved a not-so-happy ending, as she couldn't stand up to anyone or anything throughout the whole of her life! I won't give the end away, but I was literally thinking, "huh!" - and that was it! Again, just nominal! I'm sorry to say it, but for those who are looking for another Wildfell Hall, save your time or money - this is not it!
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