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Editorial Reviews

Donna Barkman gives a passionate performance of English novelist Charlotte Brontë’s classic Victorian gothic romance Jane Eyre. The orphan Jane suffers at the hands of her abusive aunt Reed and spoiled cousins. Despite hardship, she triumphs over her miserable and tumultuous childhood. She later secures work as a governess at the manor Thornfield Hall, where meets its owner, the mysterious Edward Rochester. Just as happiness is within her grasp, she discovers Rochester’s dark secret, which is tucked away in the attic.
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Publisher's Summary

This is one of the greatest romances, and one of the greatest mysteries, ever written. Jane Eyre is an orphan child who knows only abuse and misery from her mistress. As a young girl, she is sent off to a boarding school where her good character and diligent habits win her friends and respect. In time, Jane herself becomes a teacher at the school.
Seeking a wider horizon, Jane takes employment at Thornfield Hall, where she comes under the spell of Edward Rochester, its owner, a man of savage temperament and desperate unhappiness. The reason for both is linked to a great secret that is kept locked away on the third floor of the mansion. It's final revelation brings an incredible climax to the story and changes both lives forever.
(P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
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Critic Reviews

"Charlotte was the most admired of the Bronte sisters....praise[d] for her depth of feeling and her courageous realism." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniaell on 02-18-07

Fine Literature at its best

Although written over 150 years ago (first published in 1847), this is a timeless story of triumph, love, and strength of character that is at once captivating and heart wrenching in its poignant portrayal of the life of it's heroine Jane Eyre. The English language being much different now as it was then there are times that it is difficult to follow what is being said, however, I think that this is where the audible format makes it possible to finally enjoy stories like this for those of us who would like to be so intellectual as to actually READ a classic like Jane Eyre but who find the written account of it a bit dull. Nay, dear reader, you will not, I daresay, find this book by any means dull if you appreciate a well written book and a good story. I sampled the various readers of Jane Eyre before choosing this one and I also feel that I picked the best one even though she didn't have an English accent--I thought she did a fantastic job of it.

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21 of 23 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Louise M on 05-17-08

Sorry to see it end

I was so sad when this book finally came to an end.
It was a wonderful experience and made the long drives that I take for my job just fly by. I may make this a once a year listen. It's that good.
The reading was very good, as well.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sollenbum on 08-03-07

American accent

This audiobook is an excellent example that one should listen to the excerpt BEFORE buying it.

Unfortunately, I forgot to do so this time and was disappointed to hear that the reader read in American English. Not that there is anything wrong with American English as such, but it is incongruous with this very British novel. What's worse is that the French sounds decidedly strange and the German is completely unintelligible. I teach German and therefore have a fairly good tolerance of strange pronunciation of the German language. So, it is fairly bad if even I cannot decipher the German being spoken by Diana and Mary Rivers.

Of course, the book is mainly in English, but it does not reflect well on the publisher of this audiobook that they were unable to choose a reader who was able to pronounce the foreign languages used in the book. In the same vein, 'Jane Eyre' is a novel full of different dialects and sociolects. A British reader would probably have been able to give each of these characters their own unique sound. This diversity is sadly entirely lacking in this version.

In short, beware of buying this audiobook. Buy it, at your own peril.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-02-07

Not a good reading

I too forgot to listen to the clip of this before buying. I agree, the French and German is so badly read as to be virtually impossbible to understand, even though I speak both. The recording is of poor quality and I had to force myself to listen to it. A great shame, as this has spoilt one of my favourite books of all time.

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