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  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Thandie Newton
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    Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

    Philip says: "A beautiful audiobook!!"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
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    Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

    Katy says: "Not recommended"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Rachel says: "A beautiful reading by Juliet Stevenson"
  • Villette | Charlotte Bronte

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Mandy Weston
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    Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girlâ¿¿s school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

    Caroline says: "Excellent reading"
  • Jane Eyre: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Amanda Hale, Tom Burke
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    Amanda Hale and Tom Burke star in a brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel. Orphan Jane learns at an early age that self-control is the surest means of retaining self-respect in adversity. It is a lesson that serves her well in the years ahead as she endures the misery caused by her love for the secret-bearing Edward Rochester. This full-cast production is dramatised by best-selling novelist Rachel Joyce. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.

    M. Lindley-Thompson says: "Wonderful leads"
  • Shirley | Charlotte Brontë

    Shirley

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
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    Set in a chaotic time in England, during the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Caroline Helstone's world is turned upside down when she meets the vivacious Shirley Keeldar. Shirley becomes a beacon of light for Caroline as the two become close friends. However, Caroline is soon shocked to discover that Shirley has won the affections of Robert Moore, the impoverished mill owner whom she loves. Fully representative of Yorkshire life at the time, Brontë's second novel is completely gripping, unrelenting and utterly wrenching in its portrayal.

    Hallesaspberry says: "Very much enjoyed"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
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    Primarily of the Bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the Byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall.

  • Villette (Dramatised) | Charlotte Bronte

    Villette (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Catherine McCormack, Joseph Fiennes, Harriet Walter
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    Catherine McCormack, Joseph Fiennes, and Harriet Walter star in this BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's last and most remarkable novel. Passion and perception run through this fascinating study of loneliness, love, and ultimate triumph over adversity.

    M. K. says: "Not a favourite Bronte novel by comparison"
  • Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition) | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    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.

  • Shirley | Charlotte Brontë

    Shirley

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline, who, bored and desperate, lives as a dependent in her uncle’s home with no prospect of a career. Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert’s brother, an impoverished tutor - a match opposed by her family.

    Terrystred says: "Surprisingly feisty heroine"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Penguin Classics presents Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Passionate, poetic, and revolutionary, Jane Eyre is a novel of naked emotional power. The story of a defiant, fiercely intelligent woman who refuses to accept her appointed place in society - and instead finds love on her own terms - has become famous as one of the greatest romances ever. But it is also a brooding Gothic mystery, a profound depiction of character, and a transformative work of the imagination.

    yun pun chan says: "A Classic!"
  • Villette | Charlotte Brontë

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

    Annie says: "Delivery is all."
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    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.

    Hanna says: "Ms Bronte would like Ms McCaddon"
  • Shirley | Charlotte Bronte

    Shirley

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
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    Set in the industrialising England of the Napoleonic wars, a period of bad harvests, Luddite riots, and economic unrest, Shirley is the story of two contrasting heroines and the men they love. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory, whose life represents the plight of single women in the 19th century. The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention.

    Sarah says: "The forgotten Bronte novel"
  • Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition] | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
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    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.

    Jacqueline says: "Superb"
  • The Professor | Charlotte Bronte

    The Professor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    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.

    mollyeyre says: "Feel so sad"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë adapted by Christina Calvit

    Jane Eyre

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Charlotte Brontë adapted by Christina Calvit
    • Narrated By full cast
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    Orphaned Jane journeys from a harsh childhood to become the loving caregiver of a child at the mysterious manor of Mr. Rochester. Jane is drawn to her enigmatic employer, but as dark secrets emerge, she must choose between her newfound security and the uncertainty of a life lived for oneself.

    D says: "jane Eyre"
  • Villette | Charlotte Bronte

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
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    With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls's boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings: first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel.

  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Joanna David
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    Jane Eyre is orphaned, bullied and humiliated as a child, but her spirit is never broken. After leaving her harsh boarding school, she finds work as a governess and finally discovers the love that she has always longed for, with the dark and sardonic Mr Rochester. But Rochester has a monstrous secret, concealed in the attic of Thornfield Hall - a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

  • The Professor | Charlotte Brontë

    The Professor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By James Wilby
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    William Crimsworth goes to Brussels to seek his fortune and takes a job teaching at a boarding school for girls. He begins a flirtation with the headmistress, Zoraïde Reuter, but later falls in love with the young pupil-teacher Frances Henri, only to have his courtship thwarted by the jealous Mlle. Reuter. Deeply critical of a society in which relationships between men and women are reduced to power struggles, The Professor was Charlotte Brontë's first novel.

    Danielle says: "Beautfil use of the English language"
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