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.
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This is a short adaptation but it works because the script and the two leads are excellent. Amanda Hale is superb as Jane and Tom Burke is a wonderful Rochester. Because they are both so good, I wish more of the exchanges between Jane and Rochester from the book had been included, however the big exchanges are there and although everything is radically cut back, enough remains to be true to the original. The script generally reminded me a bit of the Ruth Wilson/Toby Stephens TV version, only with a post 'wedding' scene closer to the original.
Probably no adaptation of such a favourite novel can be 100% to my liking, and I find the music in this one intensely annoying. The performances are well able to carry the story and the emotion that goes with it, they don't need wailing violins to constantly support what they're doing and I found them intrusive and distracting.
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There is too much Narration throughout & far too much of the plot left out which leaves me rather cold. I prefer full drama with as much near to the full plot as possible, for me that is warmth.
The reason I wanted this apart from the Jane Eryre story which I like and have read and watched in many versions and enjoyed, was for the actress Amanda Hale a favourite of mine whom I have enjoyed viewing in many wonderful films and television work. Amanda is diverse and works hard to bring out each character in what ever it is she is doing. She is very good in this production, which is the ONLY reason why I could tolerate listening to the end. This version reminded me of 'Villette' a story which fits perfectly into the narrated style along with the included drama.
I enjoyed the scenes when Jane is with her cousins. Her character is more solid and we see Jane for who she is, her true self and she holds herself well against the lunatic male cousin who lives in a fantasy world with his God and takes it upon himself that "He' wants Jane to be 'His' wife & go to India" with him because this is what 'He' wants. He then attemps to morally & emotionally blackmail the girl like some which hunt.
Both actors Amanda Hale & Tom Burke are good professionals whose works I enjoy in other genres on TV & radio. I can see that this narrated version of Jane Erye will appeal to those who appreciate narrated style of work, it is still good.
I will probably listen to this again on a day when I am in the right mood to listen to this style. The play is well produced with a kind subtleness which suits the Jane Erye theme. I do like variations of literature, but must be in the right mood. I prefer to be as near to the original work as possible when it comes to drama.
I love the book and probably have more copies than I need. My view of the characters has changed each time I've read it and as I get older. I love this radio play.
"Great performance but very quick"
Jane Eyre is one of my favorites but I completely appreciate the need to abridge it for a full cast performance. That being said I think too much was taken out, giving it an incredibly rushed feel.
"At Last! Jane Eyre Made Palatable"
One of the most curious facts in all of English literature is that in the late 1700s, possibly as early as 1787, when she was just a wickedly intelligent teenager, Jane Austen began satirizing the Bronte sisters, who would not be born until many decades later. Austen's Juvenilia, particularly Love and Freindship [sic], and her more mature work Northanger Abbey, stand collectively as a glorious spoof of all that Charlotte Bronte would write about with deadly earnestness sixty years later in Jane Eyre: Gothic horror, blood and gore, mists and moors, screams and terrors in the night, madwomen locked away in attics, swoonings and faintings galore. Bronte, who romanticized suffering to the highest possible degree in her personal life as well as her writing (who else but a Bronte could manage to die of morning sickness while pregnant?), presents Jane Eyre as a Romantic sufferer extraordinaire. Jane is humorless, beaten down by fate and her own moody fits of passion at every turn, until finally Rochester, her love object, is so much more beaten down than she is that she can finally consent to be his wife. The whole thing is so completely without humor or any consciousness of its own absurdity that it works ONLY if you look at it with Jane Austen's winking eye, imagining how fun it would be to satirize.
This production succeeds in doing just that. The story is so perfectly distilled to its essential Gothic-horror elements, complete with amazing sound effects, that it would make the perfect Halloween listen. The script is perfect, the acting impeccable, the production values and editing flawless. I never thought I'd say this of ANY production of Jane Eyre, but I'm sure I'll listen many more times. Highly recommend.
Jane Erye is my favorite story and I'm so happy to have heard it in a new medium. The dialogue exceeded my expectations. The storytellers brought the characters to life. This is one that I will find myself listening to more than once.
"love it every time i listen! tom burke is perfect."
love it! tom burke is the perfect mr. rochester. this will always be my favorite.
"Classic well performed"
One of my favorite classics performed by talented actors with great sound effects. Acting the story out required abridging some content, but the emotional telling made up for that. Good job!
Performance and story were excellent! I would highly recommend. Very similar to the film versions.
"Wonderful Jane Eyre Dramatization"
I would because it does a great job of putting the listener in the gloomy setting. It's also very well acted out by the whole cast - especially Amanda Hale and Tom Burke who are compelling together as Jane and Rochester.
Since this was a dramatized version of Jane Eyre I would recommend BBC Radio's complete dramatization of Jane Austen. For a full unabridged version of Jane Eyre I highly recommend the one read by always excellent Juliet Stevenson.
Amanda Hale and Tom Burke have excellent chemistry as Jane and Rochester. Amanda Hale successfully portrays the controlled passion of Jane while Tom Burke is a smoldering Rochester.
Not any extreme reaction. I was very happy to have a great dramatization that captures all the moodiness and internal struggles of one of my favorite novels.
A few odd bits of Jane narrating the action while it's happening that sounded a bit chaotic. Doesn't distract from the overall performance. All the supporting cast were excellent and the build up to the key scenes were well done.
"A Book Twice Read"
The first time in my teen, the second time I listen in my 80s. I
"Another good bbc performance of a classic story"
Another good performance of one of great classics.
Jane Eyre is a romance story with twists & change of fortune.
Will have to listen again soon to glory in Amanda Hale and Tom Burke's glorious voices. It's always tricky in adaptations as to what to keep and what to cut for space: I thought they made some good choices.
A beautiful adaptation all around.
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