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The Professor

Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Summary

William Crimsworth escapes the brutal employment of his brother in a Yorkshire mill town, changes profession and takes a position as tutor in a boys' school in Brussels.

The authoress is unusually frank, for the time, in her scrutiny of the relationship between the teacher and the domineering headmistress of the adjoining girls' school, Zoraide Reuter.

Crimsworth manages to avoid the older woman's manipulation and begins a relationship with a poor pupil/teacher only to have these advances briefly frustrated by the headmistress' jealousy and dislike of the younger woman."The Professor is as good as I can write; it contains more pith, more substance, and more reality, in my judgement!"Charlotte Bronte.

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"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." ( The Independent)

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Hunsden is an interesting character

The narrator brings out the chauvinist undertones in the main character. Found it hard to relate and sympathise with the main character.

This is just from my own reading, and my opinion, I feel as though the author was suggesting that hunsden was a catalyst for crimsworths actions. If you read it considering that there is some tension between crimsworth and hunsden. Hunsden likes crimsworth and tries to draw him out. If you consider this possibility then some of the characters actions make more sense. Firstly, hunsden approaches crimsworth at the party and then flaunts that he will dance with some ladies which makes crimsworth sulk and leave. Secondly, hunsden fights with crimsworths brother and sticks up for him. He enters crimsworth house with ease, suggesting that he is familiar and has been there before. Or that he is bold and making his move after playing a Knight in shining armour. He helps crimsworth by exposing his brothers mistreatment of him and then by providing crimsworth with a reference. Thirdly, he visits him in Brussels and gifts crimsworth a picture of his mother, recalling the first day that they met at the party. Fourthly, after meeting Frances hunsden gets jealous and argues with her, crimswoth then notes that he had a tossle with hunsdem in a dark alleyway late at night. Some jealously between Frances and hunsden. And possibly even sexual ambiguity between crimsworths son with hunsden.

If a spin off was possible I would like to explore hunsden character in more detail - not made clear what his motivations were in helping crimsworth. And did not really understand the politics discussed.

Book was OK but not my second least favourite bronte novel the worst being shirley.

The book is boring in parts and can be quite offensive ie references made in regards to caste, looks and race.

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Apparently not her best, but still great!

An excellent production of this story, narration could not be faulted.

The story of a down on his luck English Gentleman, ousted by his family and inheritance, who moves to Brussels and becomes a successful professor, finding love and happiness once more.

Despite being reviewed as not the authors best I loved it. Well worth a listen, the story too clearly details Bronte's own feminist view point.

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Feel so sad

I am a great fan of all of the Brontes, and George Eliot,Dickens and all of the classical authors, and I really looked forward to this book that I had previously overlooked.

I can only say how very disappointed I feel, I don't think that I will finish this. I have really begun to dislike William Crimsworth intensely. He is self centred, self opinionated and downright unpleasant on many occasions, I cannot believe all the praise this tale has been given. On top of this, the story is so plodding that I cannot bear to listen for too long and have to give it a rest for a while. What a disappointment!!

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  • alliecat
  • 12-08-19

Great Story, Great reader! Loved IT

This is a Great story and was a great reader, I loved every minute of it. I was sad when it was over.

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  • JANE
  • 01-07-18

Fine characterization and glimpse of another era.

The writer lets the main character overcome the class system of old England and maneuver himself around the pitfalls of those who might undermine his innate moral standards. Her story proceeded, a a steady pace, from the humble beginnings of a young man through his growth in character, profession and social maturity. Even though written in the style of Bronte's time, it was not overly wordy. Nor did it wallow in the disparity between the rich an poor.

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  • Searchingforcomrort
  • 18-12-16

Awfully Boring

Most boring book I've ever listened to. The narrator was awful, therefore making the reader get lost! I swear I don't even know what the book was about. the first of the book was kind of interesting but after working with his brother I can't tell you the reason it was written! !

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