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Jane Eyre

Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Orphaned, unattractive, and poor, the noble Jane Eyre overcomes her shortcomings through persistency of character and virtue. This production enlivens the classic with eloquent, expressive narration by Wanda McCaddon. She demonstrates a strong command of British accents, which she ably employs for the large cast of characters. She also includes convincing French phrases from the young Adele, which may frustrate the unfamiliar listener, but these are limited and hardly hinder the experience. McCaddon's energy is sustained for the whole of this lengthy novel, bringing Brontë's endearing narrative to life as Jane finds a home and a man who loves her.

Summary

This classic story shows how a young woman can overcome adversity and find true happiness. It is a story of passionate love, travail, and final triumph.

Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester and sees a ghostly woman who roams the halls by night.

The relationship between the heroine and Mr. Rochester is only one episode, albeit the most important, in a detailed fictional autobiography in which the author transmuted her own experience into high art. In this work, the plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance but possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit, and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer, and the rigid social order that circumscribes her life and position.

Public Domain (P)2008 Tantor

Critic reviews

"The masterwork of a great genius." (William Makepeace Thackeray)

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Ms Bronte would like Ms McCaddon

Where does Jane Eyre rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

1st!

What did you like best about this story?

The love story, made all the more powerful by Jane's determination to do the right thing, regardless of personal cost.

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her voice and accent are perfect to my ears. I enjoy the voices she puts on, particularly that of Mr Rochester. Her Yorkshire accent is very good. I learned a few new pronunciations too. What I like most is that she doesn't overdo anything, which can spoil the whole experience. A reader I will seek out to listen to again.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are many instances in this book which tug at my heart strings. It brought tears to my eyes on occasion, and once or twice a grin.

Any additional comments?

This is a truly wonderful book, which I'm sure I shall read/listen to again.Thank you☺

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A classic

The narration varies in sound quality. Audible, but loud then quiet at different intervals. A little frustrating for tube listening.

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Poor quality recording

My favourite book, spoilt by background static and the sound level fading in and out. Poor quality recording.

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Surprisingly feminist

I really enjoyed it. Though 36 I'd never read the classics, but listening is giving me the chance to do this. The narrator was excellent and so was the story. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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First class classic

One of my favourite books so to have an audio version was an absolute must. This version is brilliant the narrator has done the book justice. A first class delight. Thank Audible. 10/10.

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  • Allison
  • 06-10-08

Great narrator

I bought this version of Jane Eyre after I noticed complaints about the narrators of other unabridged versions. I was very pleased with this narrator and never bored of the story.

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  • Tanya M. Corder
  • 21-12-16

loved this book!

I absolutely loved this book! Such a lovely story and so beautifully written. The reader was exceptional!

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  • John
  • 06-09-16

Decent selection

This is kind of a girl book. Yes, it was entertaining, but it definitely was not on the level of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I'm glad I read it though.

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  • Kristin
  • 18-05-14

Very Enjoyable

I have been listening to the classics and this is one of my favorites, definitely worth the listen.

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