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From an obscure country parsonage came the most extraordinary family of the nineteenth century. The Brontë sisters created a world in which we still live the intense, passionate world of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights; and the phenomenon of this strange explosion of genius remains as baffling now as it was to their Victorian contemporaries.

In this panoramic novel we see with new insight the members of a uniquely close-knit family whose tight bonds are the instruments of both triumph and tragedy.

Emily, the solitary who turns from the world to the greater temptations of the imagination: Anne, gentle and loyal; Branwell, the mercurial and self-destructive brother; and the brilliant, tormented Charlotte, longing for both love and independence, who establishes the family’s name.

©2009 Jude Morgan (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Margaret
  • st kilda east, Australia
  • 05-17-10

Great writer, poor narrator

I couldn't keep listening to this one. Ms Nash sounds like she is a little drunk, or seriously dehydrated. The mouth clicks drove me crazy. I'll try again through small speakers, rather than headphones. Such a shame, as Jude Morgan is one of my favourite writers.

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  • Cat
  • 02-01-12

Beautifully written, factually accurate

Rarely does one read a biography where one ends up sobbing at the inevitable and acknowledged death of the subjects. Morgan combines humour, lively characters and factual accuracy to bring the Brontes' life to reality. A gripping read.

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  • I.F.Coyle
  • 09-06-12

Loved it

Completely brilliant evocation of the life of a very complex but brilliant family unit. Made me go back and read Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and even to try for the first time the surprisingly good (if a little over-pious) Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Of course its all speculation. Nobody really knows the thoughts, emotions and inter-family relationships of the Brontes, but then again nobody knows the inner thoughts of the Lintons or the Rochesters. Its a novel, and a very good listen.
The reading was excellent, but not sure whether the Brontes wold have kept their father's Irish accent for their whole lives, but that did not detract...excellent.

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  • Jean
  • 05-18-14

A taste of sorrow by Jude Morgan

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A writer`s idea how the Brontes lived. Very believable and interesting. Read beautifully.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlotte Bronte`s father is how I would have imagined him.

Have you listened to any of Phyllida Nash’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too much to take in.

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  • Devaki Khanna
  • 01-20-14

Gritty, realistic and moving

Where does The Taste of Sorrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put The Taste of Sorrow close to the top--the story, although grim and sad, vividly brings to life some of my favorite writers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I found each member of the Bronte family fascinating in themselves--the father Patrick, who had the grit and tenacity to rise above his peasant roots; Charlotte, who saw so much death, yet continued to write and live and love; Branwell, so full of promise and life and yet so tragic; Emily, so much a force of nature, no one else could have written Wuthering Heights but her... and Anne, whom I've never read, but plan to read soon.

Which character – as performed by Phyllida Nash – was your favourite?

Emily--there is a certain bite and tenacity to her character that Phyllida got very well. In fact, I loved the way she managed to create an individual voice for each sister.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A talented, and tragic, family of writers...

Any additional comments?

Well, it's certainly inspired me to check out Project Gutenberg for Charlotte's later work and Anne's work as well.

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  • Martin
  • 11-27-13

The Taste of The Brontes

What did you like about this audiobook?

An excellent insight into the life of the Brontes.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Well narrated by Phyllida Nash.

Do you have any additional comments?

It is a well written and well read book but because it does not have a plot as such it sometimes does not hold your attention.