Jane Eyre

  • by Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by Donna Barkman
  • 20 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


Audible Editor 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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Daniaell

Great story...poor storytelling

After just finishing the Thirteenth Tale and loving the exceptional storytellers, I found myself not being able to get past the first chapter in listening to this narrator...because she's simply narrating, not storytelling I'm so sorry to say, not to mention the poor quality recording both grainy and tinny. Its a shame that such a wonderful story was not given the quality production it deserves. I'm going to go with the 2-part 2005 version instead even if its a bit more $.
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- Cheryl A. Rodriguez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2007
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings