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The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte Audiobook

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

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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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    Nik 02-14-13
    Nik 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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    TAG 01-30-13
    TAG 01-30-13
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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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    P. Burdge 03-13-13
    P. Burdge 03-13-13

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 09-17-12
    Claire 09-17-12
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    "unlikely"

    I think Charlotte would roll over in her grave. I assume the facts are based in truth, but the story suggests Charlotte, reluctant to marry beneath her station, finds herself justified in her choice by the surprise that her lowly curate is, in fact, rich. That makes everything alright.
    Her devoted curate, showing constant love for eight years, then gives her a five day “silent treatment” right after they’re married because he eavesdrops on a partial conversation and doesn’t like what he hears. There is no real love, devotion or compassion shown by these characters and I feel certain (having read all of Charlotte’s novels) that this imagined biography would make her sad and humiliated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-14-17
    Susan 06-14-17 Member Since 2013

    A hopeless book lover

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    "OMG what a wonderful book !!!!!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, tragic, captivating

    I have loved the Brontes for a long time. They are such interesting people in history, especially considering they hardly ever left their house during their lifetimes!

    This book is amazing. Of course it's very sad. It was really hard to live without getting a horrible (and fatal) illness in those days. I'm surprised anyone survived. I was happy to read more about Anne and Branwell, as well as Arthur, Charlotte's husband, as I didn't know very much about them. I've known mostly about Charlotte and Emily only.I

    don't know how much of this work is true but I'm sure a lot of it is. I really loved it!!!


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    Kelly Colorado Springs 06-11-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 06-11-17

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "I fell in love with the Bronte sisters."

    I have read the reviews by others who had difficulties with the author's retelling of Charlotte's story because of the inaccuracies. If I were a Bronte scholar - If I were even a Victorian Literature scholar - I might feel the same and therefore deduct a star. However, this book was my introduction to the Bronte sisters. I had never read any of their works or any biographies about them. And this book made me fall in love with them. That fact alone makes me feel it is worthy of 4 stars. And because of this book I have already read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre is up next, so 4 stars may be stingy.

    Bianca Amato's voice was beautiful. I do not know whether the accent was correct, but as a modern day American it sounded right to my ear. I found her voicing of the sisters to be strong and unique, which seemed to be the right choice for their characters.

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    Jody in Minneapolis 03-09-17
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    "Dreary and Wearisome, Brooding Never-ending Angst"
    Any additional comments?

    From a time of when sitting on the same sofa constituted an insinuated proposal of marriage.

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    ilene 02-02-17
    ilene 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    Beautifully done in every way- don't miss it! I'm only halfway through but love every minute and I know I will miss this family when it's over. Please - a word to reviewers - please try to avoid spoilers- I was just reading some of the reviews and one of them actually ruined part of the story for me, telling me certain things that were to come. I won't repeat it here since it will ruin it for the next person - but reviewers please be considerate and stop before you give things away. At this moment I can't get these things out of my head knowing what's coming since I unknowingly read this review!

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    L. J. Piquette 01-05-17

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    "Better than I could have hoped for!"
    Where does The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely up there!


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

    No, I haven't but she did a fabulous job! I couldn't be happier!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to answer any of the specific comments, not wanting to give anything away. But let me tell you, I've been in love with Jane Eyre since I saw the 1996 movie, then read the book. I've also read Wuthering Heights. If you are a fan of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte in particular, then I don't see how you wouldn't love this book. The narrator was amazing. The story mostly true and very gripping. This is one of the few books which have brought on such a range of emotions in me. Please give it a try and I really doubt you'll be disappointed.

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    casey 12-21-16
    casey 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book so much and was so sad when it finished


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything! the narrator was 5 stars


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

    no i have not


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

    not sure, but it was amazing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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