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Jane Eyre Audiobook

Jane Eyre

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Publisher's Summary

The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

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    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 04-07-12
    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 04-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Classic brought to life by excellent narration"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a fantastic story. Its well paced and with good detail without being flowery and Jane herself is likeable and not overtly emotional as many heroines of her era were. I remember reading this book for school and having to analyse it line by line which does nothing to endear the classics to students, but now listening to it as an adult, and having it so beautifully narrated was such joy. I found myself driving around the block snd walking for an extra half hour just to listen to it more.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-05-11
    David 09-05-11 Member Since 2017

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    "The Brontes loved their bad boys"

    I approached Jane Eyre as a sort of literary castor oil, something I knew I should read one of these days but didn't feel much enthusiasm for. I already knew the basic story, and I'm really not into wish-fulfillment women's fiction, even if it is classic Victorian literature. To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it.

    A modern editor would probably have cut much of the last third of the book, in which Jane flees from Thornfield Hall after learning Mr. Rochester's deep dark secret, and then spends many chapters with her new family, the Rivers, and not much happens except that a fortune falls into her lap, she has to entertain a marriage proposal, and then she goes off to find Rochester again and discovers him conveniently widowed and in need of an angelic woman to nurse him back to health. So they live happily ever after, the end.

    Okay, there are some more details to the last part of the book that make it worth reading, like the studied contrast between the good and noble but cold and severe St. John Rivers and the hot-blooded romantic bad boy Edward Rochester. I did not like Rochester; he's not as horrible as Heathcliff, the romantic bad boy created by Charlotte's sister Emily in Wuthering Heights, but I think both Bronte sisters had some seriously warped ideas about what made a man desirable. Crazily, passionately in love with you and otherwise amoral and willing to destroy anyone and anything that gets between you? Yes, you can probably blame the Brontes in part for this trope that persists in romantic fantasies to this day. Jane Eyre is totally wish-fulfillment for women who want a Rochester or a Heathcliff to obsess over them. But it's a classic and well-written and while I wouldn't say Charlotte Bronte's understanding of human nature was particularly broad or even enlightened, she had a fine eye for the detailed personalities of her small cast of characters in the little world she created.

    So, is Jane Eyre worth reading? Definitely.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 09-11-17
    Jessica 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best narrator out of them all."

    Beautifully and thoughtfully executed, the narrator puts meaningful inflation and emotion into every syllable. I recommend, and very good story. 10/10

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    mary gaziano 08-14-17
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    "everything you want a classic to be!"

    I've always loved this book and the fabulous narration really brought it alive. I couldn't wait to get in the car so I could listen.

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    Amazon Customer 06-30-17
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    "Great, some very minor issues"

    In two chapters in the middle of the book somewhere, there was some minor crackling in the recording. Somewhat annoying, but it wasn't too distracting. Excellent performance.

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    Amazon Customer 06-11-17
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    "a classic"

    Never tire of Bronte's sensitive prose, and of Stevenson's soothing voice. Not to mention the happy ending.

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    CaySal 04-13-17
    CaySal 04-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic book great narration"

    I am a Bronte fan and has a hard time picking which Jane Eyre audiobook to pick. I settled on this one after listening to snips and was not disappointed. Thank you Juliet for bringing this book to life.

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    LS 04-12-17
    LS 04-12-17
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    "Delicious!"

    The book and the narration are so perfect that I tried to treasure every minute of listening to it. Such an interesting story line, such good romance, so well written, and so flawlessly performed. My favorite!

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    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 03-30-17
    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 03-30-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book"

    I had always wanted to read this book. Now that I have completed it I am very satisfied.

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    Lauren 03-23-17
    Lauren 03-23-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Famous story Hard to listen to"
    What did you like best about Jane Eyre? What did you like least?

    My first read I enjoyed the second half, my second read I enjoyed the first half.
    I have trouble with female readers and british accents in general.
    I can't speed the book up how I like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Child Jane is funny.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Juliet Stevenson’s performances?

    I have trouble with female readers and british accents in general.


    Could you see Jane Eyre being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'm not a fan of this question.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the "free" Jane more than the "in love" Jane. She looses her personality when she falls in love.

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  • Luckyjim
    7/7/17
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    "Perfect!"

    I have loved this book since i read it at school. This rendering achieves the goal. Quiet, strong and expressive.

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  • Anonymous
    7/6/17
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    "Fantastic!"

    A wonderful story. I could listen to it again and again. Beautifully narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Just loved it.

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  • Paula Diggle
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    5/16/17
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    "Excellent"

    A favourite book I have read often. Juliet Stephenson 's reading brings out its strengths and depths. A real treat.

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  • P1955
    5/6/17
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    "Excellent."

    My favourite story brought beautifully to life by Juliet Stevenson.. A wonderful rendition. Highly recommended.

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  • Mel
    4/26/17
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    "A masterpiece"

    Reader this is well worth your listening time an amazing love story with twists and turns and every line like poetry. Charlotte Bronte is a genius!
    I saw this in parts in a film but it does not have the same effect as the written word. This is a treat.

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  • MicT
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    4/22/17
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    "Superb!"

    Jane Eyre is one of my most favourite novels and Juliet Stevenson's narration is simply brilliant. I absolutely loved this. It was really enjoyable to listen to the text being read aloud by such a great narrator.

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  • Reesy
    Dorset
    4/18/17
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    "Jane Eyre"

    A truly brilliant rendition of Jane Eyre read by Juliet Stevenson.
    I longed to listen to the beautiful story.

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  • Brigitta K.
    4/12/17
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    "Very enjoyable."

    It is read by a very talented voice artist. I enjoyed it very much and will listen to it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Darlington, Australia
    3/18/17
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    "So profound in its exploration of the human condition"

    Hard to believe this was written so long ago. Yet at the same time very interesting to see how things were then, straight out of the horse's mouth. Hard to believe one so young & so isolated could be so profoundly knowing, sensitive to differing human personalities, worldly insights & human motivations. How clever, intellectual & what genius these sisters were. I loved the insights so much I have bought a hard copy to keep. Of course the narrator is too a genius whose narration abilities are beyond supernatural.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Sussex England
    3/5/17
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    "Spellbinding narration!"

    I have read this beautiful book several times in my life and wanted to listen to it for a change. Juliet Stevenson's narration is mesmerising. I think I am going to find it hard to listen to a lesser narrator now. She brought the story completely to life, what a wonderful listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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