Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

March 6, 2015 Reviews 7

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Narrator: LibriVox Volunteers
Series: Stand Alone
Published by LibriVox on December 27, 2012 (October 16, 1847)
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 19 hours 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

I think there’s always a little trepidation when you embark for the first time on a book that you loved as a child. Will it live up to the memory? Were your childhood sensibilities fine tuned enough to know if you were reading absolute crap?

When I started rereading Jane Eyre, I only had a smidgen of those fears though. I mean it is a classic for a reason, right? And I had just finished reading Becoming Jane Eyre and it had excited in me an urge to revisit Jane and Mr. Rochester. So I went to Librivox to see if I could find a good, free audio version for my reread.

I struck gold! They had many recordings and one just so happened to be a dramatic performance with a different voice for every single character! The reading of the cast took a good two or three minutes (which I fast forwarded of course lol). The narrator’s voice (Eden Rea-Hedrick) and the voice of Jane Eyre (Elizabeth Barr) were fantastic! Since that’s the voice I heard most, its the one most worth mentioning – but everyone was really good. There were brief moments where the audio itself wasn’t great – you could tell they had patched it and not everyone had equally good microphones. But this was the minority of the time – and really, how can I complain when this was a free dramatic performance?

The audio was not the only treat, though. Last time I read Jane Eyre, I was 14. I remember that I devoured it, reading it in one night. I grew a bit tired toward the end, and I remember that bit not being my favorite. But oh, how I loved Jane and Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester!

As an adult, I marvel at Jane Eyre, or Charlotte Brontë really. I see much more clearly now why this was so well received and why it remains a classic. The sophistication with which Charlotte Brontë weaves scriptural allusions, references to other great pieces of literature, social commentary, political commentary, and even religious commentary blows my mind. Now that I understand the England she wrote in, I realize Charlotte was a very educated, socially aware and opinionated woman – and tenacious enough to write her views into a novel, even if she did hide behind a pen name for a while.

Adding to that, the insights into her life that I gleamed from reading Becoming Jane Eyre, made reading Jane Eyre so exciting. I was reminded at every turn of things in her life and saw how they influenced and inspired the story she wrote.

If you haven’t read it yet, I seriously recommend Jane Eyre. It’s the story of a plane Jane orphan with a very difficult life, searching for her place in the world and love – familial love, friendly love and even romantic love eventually. What’s not to love?

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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About Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë was a British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature.

In May 1846, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne published a joint collection of poetry under the assumed names of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Although the book failed to attract interest (only two copies were sold), the sisters decided to continue writing for publication and began work on their first novels.

Charlotte continued to use the name ‘Currer Bell’ when she published her first two novels. Of this, Brontë later wrote:
“Averse to personal publicity, we veiled our own names under those of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell; the ambiguous choice being dictated by a sort of conscientious scruple at assuming Christian names positively masculine, while we did not like to declare ourselves women, because–without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called ‘feminine’–we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice”


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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

7 Responses to “Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Hmm, this might be an audiobook I could really enjoy! Different voices for all the characters sounds like a win. I’m so happy that you weren’t disappointed with this re-read, Berls. I re-read it several years ago and enjoyed it even more than the first time around. It’s interesting how age enables you to see things differently. Wonderful review, my dear!!
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