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One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr. Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr. Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret, and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.
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The Governess, Beast, Love, Mad Woman, Missionary

Over the years, I have listened to several performances of Jane Eyre with Wanda McCaddon, Susan Ericksen, Amanda Root, even a couple more which I cannot recall at the moment. Each narrator brings different life experiences and interpretations to the table. I have learned something from each as light was aimed into some new corner. While I highly recommend all of the above versions, Amanda Root turns in the hands down superior performance. I don't know if she is the actress who did such a superior job of portraying Anne Elliot in Persuasion, a rather satisfying movie, not perfect but workman like and creatively respectful to Austen. In any case, I bought this audio book based on her name. I was not disappointed.

The Brontes, in particular Charlotte, had a knack of storytelling using high, almost ferocious poetry disguised as prose. Poetry can get closer to the core of our emotional being than even the finest prose. Ms. Root has managed to make the poetry her own and allows the listener to drink deeply of the passionate love and pain that is Jane Eyre.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 01-30-10

I LOVED this

The reader sounded just like I imagine Jane would have. Truly remarkable audiobook. I had tried to read this a few times, but never got far. Within minutes of listening to Amanda Root, I became wholly lost in Jane's character and surroundings. I could';t put it down.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

This audio recording of Jane Eyre by Amanda Root is terrific.

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  • danielle
  • las vegas, NV, United States
  • 09-19-10

Amazing!

Not only is this story compelling, beautiful and an all time favorite of mine; but the narrator is incredibly talented and adds so much to this audio version of the beloved classic. I highly recommend this to all, not only the hardcore lover of classics!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful listen!

I spent quite sometime trying to decide which narrator to choose, listening to sample audio, etc... Amanda Root is perfect for it! She has an amazing accent that sweeps you into the story. It has been several years since I read Jane Eyre, I loved it even more this time than I did the first.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Nothing better than Jane Eyre

I am a fan of Amanda Root, but it is hard to imagine Rochester. She got better as it went but seemed too fast in the beginning.
I have read the book probably 100 times and seen every film version. No film has ever really captured the book other than the 1983 Dalton-Clarke adaptation.
I would recommend.

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Perfect Match between Classic Novel and Reader

If you could sum up Jane Eyre [Naxos Edition] in three words, what would they be?

Bronte + Root= Glory

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jane Eyre herself is always easy to sympathize with, but Amanda Root's rendering of Jane's first-person rendering of the glowering, stringent Rochester is really amazing. One can hear Rochester's pain clearly through all the layers.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Root’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Amanda Root is a phenomenal screen actor, and her vocal performance here as the fiery, intelligent, resentful Jane is superb.

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I think you should just read this one

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This narrator spoke in a somewhat monotonous way, and her voice was high and girlish. I didn't feel like that suited the story. I don't see Jane Eyre as bright eyed and girlish. Yes, she is inquisitive and passionate, but that side of her is restrained and tempered with learned obedience. She's more earnest than the intonations here suggest. She's also womanly for her age. I think Mia Wasikowska played her perfectly in the fantastic movie version from around 2012. Go see that movie, btw, it's amazing. Also, listening to this story makes it feel rushed and tedious. You don't get to dwell on details, and this book varies in its details of mood and atmosphere continually. I got a little fed up and bored and just turned it off.

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  • Peter
  • Collegeville, PA, United States
  • 06-27-11

An excellent reading of a great book

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narration. Having seen several film versions of the book, I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the novel and not be bored by what I expected to be a familiar story. It's a timeless classic that is well worth a listen for anyone who enjoys 19th Century literature.

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Great story with a great narration

I have loved this book since I first read it as a teenager. This is my favorite genre of book and the Bronte sisters are quite versed in this rhetoric. The narrator was nice to listen to as she has a calm and assertive tone. If you want a dramatization, this version is not it. I found the story engaging as well relaxing for bedtime.

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  • Esther
  • 02-22-09

Amazing!

This is my favourite book of all time and was not disappointed at all by this adaptation. Well done to Amanda Root, beautifully read!

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  • val lewis
  • 11-30-17

well read great interpretation very easy to liste

n to will get more books read by Amanda root what more can i say

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  • Harriet Knight
  • 06-14-16

Fantastic story and performance

One of my favourite books bought to life beautifully. Really fantastic narrator who performs with excellent understanding of the story and characters.

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  • WmL
  • 11-02-12

Wonderful download, beautifully narrated

This is my favourite novel of all time. I put off downloading a version for a long time afraid that hearing it would spoil my delight in it. When I finally gave in I took my time over the choice of narrator. This is a lovely version beautifully read and brings to life a wonderful book. Would thoroughly recommend this version.

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  • Jemma
  • 12-23-12

Fantastic novel, however not keen on the narrator

Having not read this book before, I thought I could give the audiobook a try. I found the story excellent, which wasn't a surprise as this is meant to be a classic. I was a little disappointed by the narrator, I found her voice very strange and difficult to sympathise with, especially when voicing Mr Rochester! It was a little distracting but didn't devalue the content.

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