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  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Thandie Newton
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    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Perfect!!"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
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    Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

    A. Thompson says: "Wonderful story, wonderfully narrated"
  • Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition) | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    The orphaned Jane Eyre has emerged a fiercely independent young woman. As governess at Thornfield Hall, she's found her first real home - though it stands in the shadow of the estate's master, Mr. Rochester, and its haunted halls ring with maniacal laughter. For even the grandest houses have secrets.

  • Villette | Charlotte Brontë

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

    jonmontanavega says: "Wow said the male listener"
  • Jane Eyre: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Amanda Hale, Tom Burke
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    Amanda Hale and Tom Burke star in a brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel. Orphan Jane learns at an early age that self-control is the surest means of retaining self-respect in adversity. It is a lesson that serves her well in the years ahead as she endures the misery caused by her love for the secret-bearing Edward Rochester. This full-cast production is dramatised by best-selling novelist Rachel Joyce. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.

    Sophie says: "Great performance but very quick"
  • Shirley | Charlotte Bronte

    Shirley

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
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    Set in the industrialising England of the Napoleonic wars, a period of bad harvests, Luddite riots, and economic unrest, Shirley is the story of two contrasting heroines and the men they love. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory, whose life represents the plight of single women in the 19th century. The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention.

    Joseph R says: ""As Romantic As Monday Morning""
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    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.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
  • The Professor | Charlotte Brontë

    The Professor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By James Wilby
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    The Professor is Charlotte Brontë's first novel albeit the last to have been published. Edited and distributed by Arthur Bell Nicholls, two years after Brontë's death, it is based on her experiences of living as a language student in Brussels. The Professor follows the career and love affairs of William Crimsworth, a reserved but compassionate aristocrat who has been ostracised by his family and left penniless.

    ilene says: "Beautiful"
  • The Brontes' Poetry, Volume 1 | Charlotte Bronte,Anne Bronte,Emily Jane Bronte,Branwell Bronte

    The Brontes' Poetry, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bronte, Emily Jane Bronte, and others
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck, David Shaw-Parker, Eve Karpf, and others
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    Perhaps England’s greatest literary family. To find one brilliant novelist in a family is extremely rare. But two? Three?

    The Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily Jane and Anne, together with their brother Patrick, are famed throughout the world. And amongst their many talents was poetry. Of course, being Brontë’s, they were rather good at that too.

  • Villette | Charlotte Bronte

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
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    With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls's boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings: first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel.

    Carol says: "A change of career!!"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Alice Johnson
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    Orphaned into the authority of her Aunt Reed and subjected to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre still manages to hold on to her integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield and falls in love with the brooding and mysterious Mr. Rochester; but there will be quite a few complications in the way of their happiness. This is a classic and enduring masterpiece, multilayered in meaning and showing the listener many of the challenges facing women during the Victorian era.

  • Villette | Charlotte Bronte

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Mandy Weston
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    Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girl's school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

    Chloe says: "classical heart"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane is pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room.

    vanessa solorzano says: "Enticing and captivating from the beginning to the end!"
  • Villette (Dramatised) | Charlotte Bronte

    Villette (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Catherine McCormack, Joseph Fiennes, Harriet Walter
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    Catherine McCormack, Joseph Fiennes, and Harriet Walter star in this BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's last and most remarkable novel. Passion and perception run through this fascinating study of loneliness, love, and ultimate triumph over adversity.

    Joseph R says: "Better than the Book? Maybe"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
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    Writing for the Penguin edition, Stevie Davies describes Jane Eyre as an "influential feminist text" because of its in depth exploration of a strong female character's feelings. Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core.

    Elizabeth Klett says: "Buyer beware!!"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills
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    Jane Eyre, the plain yet spirited governess, introduced a new kind of heroine in literature - one whose virtuous integrity, sharp intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved. Orphaned and subjected to cruelty at Lowood charity school, Jane nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. The story of how Jane becomes governess at Thornfield Hall, meets and loves Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage transcends melodrama.

    Linda Sobie says: "Amazing book read by amazing reader!"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
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    Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre erupted onto the English literary scene, immediately winning the devotion of many of the world's most renowned writers, including William Makepeace Thackeray, who declared it a work "of great genius."

    Patrick says: "Better then Any Movie!"
  • The Professor | Charlotte Bronte

    The Professor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    Told from the point of view of William Crimsworth, the only male narrator that Bronte used, the work formulated a new aesthetic that questioned many of the presuppositions of Victorian society. Bronte's hero escapes from a humiliating clerkship in a Yorkshire mill to find work as a teacher in Belgium, where he falls in love with an impoverished student-teacher, who is perhaps the author's most realistic feminist heroine.

    Johanna says: "An Interesting Listen"
  • Villette | Charlotte Brontë

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Left by harrowing circumstances to fend for herself in the great capital of a foreign country, Lucy Snowe, the narrator and heroine of Villette, achieves by degrees her independence from both outer necessity and inward grief. Lucy flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the cosmopolitan capital of Villette.

    Leah N. says: "Great performance, boring story"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Andrea Giordani
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    Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, Jane Eyre, brings to life the ups and downs encountered by the book's namesake, the young Jane Eyre. Orphaned at an early age, Jane is raised by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, who treats her poorly. Fortunately for Jane, she is sent away to the Lowood School, but she soon encounters more maltreatment at the hands of the headmaster. She later moves to the manor known as Thornfield, where she accepts a nanny position, and it is there that she encounters the famed Mr. Rochester, with whom she falls in love.

    Jami says: "Why hadn't I read/listened to this before!"
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