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Summary

The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce

'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë

Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret.

'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë

On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences.

'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë

Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess.

'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë

Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall.

'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë

A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811.

'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë

Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love.

'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë

As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love.

Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie. 

Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale.

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Great Selection

Lovely stories, some old favourites & a few not so familiar but all most enjoyable & well performed.

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background music

just issuing a heads-up , on Jane Eyre at moment which is the first story and there is consistent background music at a fairly loud level. enough be distracting and intrusive. worse , the music is Gorecki's Symphony of sorrowful Songs which is tawdry and tedious piece. I find it strange logic that we choose an audiobook only to have someone's choice of music forced upon us. the frequency of this seems to be increasing. the BBC are at fault for this one but Audible are guilty in some cases, there's a Hitchcock edition of the free Audible books which has music constantly and is impossible to listen to.

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Wonderful

It's so nice to be able to download all these stories in one go. I personally find The Professor and Agnes Grey rather boring, but that's the writing, not the performances. Overall a great listen!

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Wonderful!

I felt like I was there. This isn’t someone just reading a book, there is a sense of place and time and reality to these stories. Brilliantly done. Thank you!

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Brought the Brontes to life

I've never been able to stick with a Bronte book. My mind wonders off and I get bored before the end of the first chapters - except Jane Eyre. I managed that one once. This audiobook brought to life stories I've been wishing I could enjoy for years. Every aspect was thoroughly enjoyable and I've listened to a couple of the stories more than once. It's well worth 5 stars all round.

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Jane Eyre

A wonderful abridged audible version of the most sublime love story. Amanda Hale plays Jane as the quiet, reflective, sad, strong, robust young woman who comes alive through the love or Rochester... who emotionally sets her free. Tom Burke narrates the perfect Rochester from the novel: independent, strong minded, a thinker, passionate, as emotionally damaged as Jane is... waiting to be set free by her. Gorgeous

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Classic!

If you are a classic novel lover this is the best compilation coming after Jane Austin. I would single out Jane Eyre, The Proffesor and Wuthering Heights. The only thing I would improve is more clear and concise book division between chapters.

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simply sublime

Loveed every second and so sad once it was over. The adaptations took me ti another place where time passed me by, I spent my afternoons sewing and listening to the stories during lockdown due to Covid-19. I hadn't realised Rachel Joyce was author of Harold Fry, another book I recently listened to which transported me to a happy place I bought the follow up with Queenie. thank you all so much for the joy you have given me this passed week. x

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Bravo.perfect. Movin. Such a beautiful adaptation.

It is really good.. I really enjoyed it.. It is a beautiful. Loving. I love moving.. I was so pleased to I bought this.... They couldn't have done it better.. Congrats.. To all of you... Thank you so much.

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Loved it!

I enjoyed everything about this collection. It was a change to have a listen that included several stories by one talented family. The dramatic element was well done and enhanced the classic tales.

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  • 03-12-18

Great introduction to the Brontes

The radio play format provided engaging abridged versions of the novels that made it easy to get exposed to all their work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-18

4 stars!!

Most of the stories in this composition were wonderful and I greatly enjoyed them (I will probably relisten to them again), but the story "Withering Heights" was a tougher story to listen to but the actors did an excellent job reading their parts.

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  • KaraBee
  • 03-04-19

Great introduction or refresher

I enjoyed these more that I thought I would, and even better, my husband enjoyed them as well. Very well done

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  • Doug
  • 15-10-19

Simply Wonderful!

Every one of these adaptations were enthralling. You become a silent witness to everything. 😁

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  • Debbie
  • 15-06-19

Most stories are depressing and/or cruel but...

...performance is fabulous. In every story there is cruelty, abuse, brutality, and meanness so they are rather depressing. Not great stories if you ask me, but I really enjoyed the performances.

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  • HP Woman
  • 10-04-20

Loved hearing several character performances.

I love BBC television and movies. so glad to find this type of narrative by multiple characters. I would have given five stars, but I hated the repeated musical introductions.

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