Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte.
Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written.
British novelist Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855) was the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature.
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This was an absolutely amazing listen. I've never read the book, and this was a delight to listen to. I even played it while I was on the treadmill! The reader's voice was absolutely perfect.
I'm not a huge Bronte fan but this reading is hugely entertaining, perfect match of reader to writer. Jane's trace of a northern accent is a lovely touch. Gets all the romance and pathos and intelligence and even squeezes some humour out of it. I can't imagine a better version, better than reading the book! A crazy bargain at under 5 pounds too.
I confess that I had never read this classic before, having perhaps been illogically put off by not liking "Wuthering Heights", and was expecting a rather heavy and overwrought experience, so it was a pleasant surprise that the book was so enjoyable. The characters of the two main protaganists - Rochester and Jane Eyre herself - are not at all as they are perhaps assumed based on film versions. Jane turns out to be feisty and independent-minded and Rochester warmly vulnerable. The story bowls along at a good pace, even though at times it gets bogged down a tad. Best of all is the narration which really brings the book alive.
I might give Wuthering Heights another chance!
This is an incredible reading. The classic story itself is so vivid and original that it deserves to be hear from that respect, whilst on top the reader, Lucy Scott, gives one of the best, most adapted performances of any audiobook i?ve heard.
Lucy Scott's reading is wonderful - genuine and heartfelt without ever being thespish or self-important. If Lucy records any more classics, I shall certainly be snapping them up!
I read this book as a teenager. Listening to this, brought back all the pleasure I felt then. I can thoroughly recommend this version. Beautifully and sensitively read, I ended up wishing the book was longer!
This is a fabulous story, beautifully read.It must be the best value for money on Audible.
Many hours in spring and summer spent sitting on a slow lawn mower is why I listen to stories.
If you've never read Jane Eyre and feel intimidated by its length, this is a great way to enjoy the story without any effort. It's surprisingly modern and never becomes tiresome.
The narrator is good but personally I find the voice she gives the Rochester character artificially masculine. She makes him sound heartless. It is not at all how I imagine the character would speak. A question of taste, I suppose. The rest is well-read.
Fabulous book. First time I have read this book. Have seen various adaptations so vaguely knew the story, yet how much more is in the book?! I now find all of the adaptations poor, because in the book you are being narrated to by Jane herself. There is so much feeling and emotion here which is totally missing in films, as she spends most of the time silent!
Back to the book. The narration is excellent, Lucy Scott could read the yellow pages or a bus timetable nicely. I can't get into the complexity of the story, but if you are already a Jane Eyre fan, you will love this audio version. If you have never read it, highly recommended.
I enjoyed this as much as, or more than, any other audiobook I've ever listened to. High praise, but it's true. It's a perfect marriage of writer and narrator. The story itself is enthralling: Jane is a feisty heroine, a survivor with a difference: she's adaptable and assertive and completely without the sense of self-pity that usually accompanies the "survivor" label. The novel has everything: staggeringly well-written scenes, totally believable characters, haunting atmosphere, beautiful descriptions of the natural world.
Lucy Scott, as far as I can tell, hasn't done much in the audiobook line, but she's no novice. She's the actress who played Charlotte Lucas in the "Colin Firth" version of "Pride and Prejudice" in 1995. Her performance here is absolutely flawless, at times heartbreaking and at times giddy with excitement and joy. A wonderful listen. Don't miss it. Really. Download it and listen to it even if you think you hate Victorian fiction. You won't after you hear this one.
"Wonderful Book, Fantastic Reader"
Lucy Scott is a marvel as Jane Eyre. This is one of the best-read classic novels I've ever heard on audiobook. Scott brings the characters of Charlotte Bronte to life, especially Eyre. The novel itself is a timeless mixture of romance, psychological portrait, and social commentary. I can't recommend this one highly enough.
I really enjoyed this audio book. The reader was enjoyable to listen to. Her timing and inflections carried me along with the story, and made me feel like I was part of the tale.
The book Jane Eyre has a good storyline and is a great read. I find the book moving... At times I found myself in tears, and then exhaulting at the happy moments.
Definately worth the credit.
"Extraordinary and Beautiful"
What new and enlightening could possibly be added to reviews about Jane Eyre that has not already been written. Most people read this book early in their education. Luckily this was not my experience because had I read it earlier, I might not have thought to return to it later in life only to appreciate it even more.
I think that many books are not appreciated because of their narrators. Thank you Audible for having multiple renditions by different narrators. I was able to listen to samples and read reviews about each. I finally settled on the reading by Lucy Scott and I believe I could not have been more pleased. This selection was absolutely spectacular. Listening to Ms Scott's voice is like listening to music. Her narration of the voice of Mr Rochester almost immediately, without strain or stretch, has you hearing the voice of a gentleman.
Looking at the reviews of all the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, we find that they are mostly by women. I can only conclude that books of this ilk are mostly read and appreciated by women. As one of the opposite gender I can only say that there is much to recommend here to my brothers as well as sisters. I could not recommend a book or narrator more highly. The two together are extraordinary and beautiful.
this narrator's voice is very pleasant to listen to. i thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end......once you start listenning you can't stop.
what a delight.......the right emotion at the right time.....I will definitly listen to Lucy Scott again! please narrate more books.
I was not sure about listening to this in the unabridged format, but I absolutely loved it. Once I was in I had to keep listening to find out. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to discover the classics, and I have just loved this and Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice. I plan on listening to all the Bronte sisters. Wuthering Heights is next.
"You won't err with Jane Eyre"
I bought this book for my wife; she has read the book many times. Since it was on my iPod, I thought, "What the heck. I bought it, I might as well listen to it." Never having read Jane Eyre, I did not know what to expect. I discovered a delightful narration and pleasant story. Lucy Scott did a wonderful job of reading the book. She made my daily commute to-and-from work something I actually looked forward to.
I have recently started running again after a several year break from the activity. To entertain and distract myself I decided I would listen to some of the "classics" while I am hitting the pavement ... this was WONDERFUL! The story is amazing (no surprise) but the narration is also WONDERFUL! Lucy Scott's narration, her ability to bring characters to life through her voice and speach made the story even so much better! Thank You!
This book is fantastic! My new favorite. And Lucy Scott really brought it to life. I was disappointed to see that she hasn't narrated many other books for Audible- I wanted to listen to her narrate all the classics!
Wonderful. Could not be better. First class narrator. Great Expectations with True Love. Purchased for my daughter's high school reading [trying to get her out of cliff notes and spark notes] and when she was done I thought why not? Definitely more of a "woman's" book but the passion and love expressed by the male and female characters was poetry indeed. The 2 forwards by the author are sparkling and stand alone as great content and are quite relevant to modern discourse. Listening to this now tempts me to buy more classics.
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