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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,349

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Entirely compelling!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Once I finally got around to reading this classic, I admit it was hard to get through the first part -- so depressing and bleak! But after that it had my full attention. The writing is simply captivating, and makes you feel you have been lifted to a higher plane. Thandie Newton's performance seemed so fitting and natural, it seems the book has always been told this way.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

  • A 25-Year Landmark Study
  • By: Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Kate McIntire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Using a comparison group of adults who grew up in the same communities but whose parents never divorced, Wallerstein shows how adult children of divorce essentially view life differently from their peers in intact homes, and also sheds light on the question that so many parents confront: whether to stay unhappily married or to divorce. This book is a landmark cultural event that will change the way all of us view divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall it was Insightful

  • By C. Rodowsky on 03-03-15

Very valuable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-15

This helped me see some things to be aware of for my kids that I maybe wouldn't have thought of, and gave some ideas for how to handle sharing the parenting that I also wouldn't have thought of -- very valuable as I was at a loss on some issues as I go through a divorce against my wishes.

It was an interesting format, giving statistics through the framework of individual stories.

The main drawback to me was the narrators voice reminded me of my son's audiobook of The Velveteen Rabbit. It just didn't quite fit the subject to me, but it wasn't so bad that I stopped listening.

It also would've been nice to have a review of conclusions from each story at the end -- a summary of lessons learned to help in remembering what not to do.

Overall, I'm very glad to have read this. I feel a lot more prepared in moving forward in a difficult and unknown world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,169

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

Excellent read! Maybe not so much a great listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-12

This and the entire series was captivating. I enjoyed it not for just pure story, but also for the thought-provoking issues it brought up. It could be a little wordy here and there, but overall the writing was well-developed and moved along nicely. The narrator's voice seemed more suited to a children's classic fairy tale to me, however. I imagined in my head "voicing" many things differently than she did, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the book. I liked the conclusion -- it seemed fitting, plausible, and hopeful without disregarding the disturbing past.