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Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018

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.

As much a story about defying convention as it is about coming-of-age, Jane Eyre remains one of the most beloved novels in the English language. Both Gothic and Victorian in its influence and scope, it captures one woman's determination to live life on her own terms - choosing courage over fear, while finding power in love and compassion.

Revised edition: Previously published as Jane Eyre, this edition of Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Excellent naration.

A true classic. Never read the book, only seen the film. To listen to the book is spellbinding.

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  • Diana Thomason
  • 10-12-18

Excellent audio performance!!

I had not revisited Jane Eyre since high school. The audio performance was excellent, and I highly recommend it.

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  • geckogal
  • 07-08-18

Yes...it is a classic for a reason!

I have always loved the spirited Jane Eyre. Who overcame the difficulties of her childhood to be a spirited self made woman who even at a young age could stand up to and love the intimidating Mr. Rochester. She was able to stand-up for what was right when Mr. Rochester and part of herself was tempted to do otherwise. And, of course, there is a happy if more sweet than bitter ending. That said, I love this version with Susan Ericksen's narration captures the nuances of the character Jane Eyre, as well as gives voices to all the other characters in the book.....an ensemble cast with one set of vocal chords. Well worth listening to again and again.

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  • Noel Tyler
  • 01-02-18

A very well read, enticing novel.

I quite enjoyed this novel. I read the first half in text and listened to the second half on audible. I had a preference to listening to it as it at times is a slow read with the verbiage and french language I was unfamiliar with.

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  • jhoff
  • 29-01-20

A favorite

A favorite. The story, eloquent writing, and perfect narration is one I often go back to for entertainment and comfort.

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  • jdlcav
  • 16-01-20

A Hard Book To Like

The reader was fantastic, but I’ve always found this book difficult to enjoy, what with its isolation, loneliness, and imprisonment in an endless, dreary haze.

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  • Cristian
  • 10-01-20

Amazing Performance

The narrator did a fantastic job in bringing these characters to life. The story itself is great. But overall what I fell in love with the most was the Performance of the narrator Susan Ericksen.

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  • Ashlibithia
  • 03-12-19

Wonderful story

The narrator has a perfect voice for this book but sometimes I can't tell when she switches to a different character and I have to go back a minute or two to figure out what is going on.

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  • Jennifer L Wells
  • 03-11-19

Incredible Storyline and Reading!

I loved this book—5 stars for sure! A full review of the book will be on Goodreads but I wanted to particularly shoutout to Susan Ericksen who did an amazing reading of the various tales within this great book. She had just the right tones of all the characters and placed different emphasizes when appropriate. Susan, thank you so much for making this reading so enjoyable!

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  • Eric
  • 15-06-19

I see why this is a classic

Jane Eyre was beautiful all the way through. It is now one of my favorites. I listened to the Amazon Classic Edition audiobook on audible and highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-19

A true classic!

I read “Jane Eyre” the first time in high school but decided to recently refresh my memory, and I couldn’t be happier that I did! I listened to it as an audiobook (the narrator did a fabulous job btw!) and whenever I had to take a break I really couldn’t wait to return to my favorite characters.
Jane Eyre is a perfect central heroine. No wonder that the book is a classic; Jane’s character will live forever and inspire many women to stand up for their principles and to show them that it’s ok not to fit in, that it’s much more important to keep your own personality and not bend to anyone’s will, and that inner goodness of human nature will always save one even from the most devastating circumstances if one only stays true to themselves.
The novel is feministic but it doesn’t push the message too strongly for anyone to resent it. It offers the reader a strong central heroine and lets them decide for themselves whether they like her and her straightforward ways or not. Her relationship with Mr. Rochester is also extremely refreshing to read about; it’s not some sweet romance of the 19th century; it’s Victorian and somewhat dark and destined to go through its trials, yet it’s simply perfect for such a heroine as Jane. She simply wouldn’t be happy with anyone else.
Another thing I’d like to comment on is the social issues raised in this novel. Despite some of them being relevant only to the age long past, some are still relevant even today, for instance St. John’s harassing of Jane and his desire to incline her to marriage (his actual behavior in today’s world comes off as extremely creepy, if you ask me, and gives off a strong smell of grooming and almost sexual harassment). Naturally, I couldn’t help but applaud Jane for standing up to him in the manner true to her strong character.
The book is truly a classic and if you’re thinking about re-reading it or haven’t read it yet, you should definitely give it a chance. I highly recommend it!