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Emma Messenger is fantastic here! I have always loved this novel, and have read it many times, but I don't think I've ever enjoyed it as much as I did during this listen. One of my pet peeves with narrators of classics is when they read them woodenly, stumble over the language, or read as if they are reciting the phone book. Emma Messenger breathed such life into her narration that it felt like Jane herself was speaking to me.
I found her interpretations of characters ideal, especially Jane and Mr. Rochester. She really conveyed the passion and frustration between them. She managed to give each character a unique voice without sounding as if she were straining her own.
I plan to download other books narrated by Emma Messenger. I cannot express enough how truly enjoyable her interpretation of this novel is!
Also, with the classics I love, I tend to download different version of the same story (since they are often less than the cost of a sandwich here on Audible!) to have a different interpretation or version of the same novel. I have no intention of downloading another version on Jane Eyre, though, since this is perfection.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
Everything about this audiobook was outstanding, but I think the most important part for me was Emma Messenger's reading. Her voice, her rhythm as she read the story, her tempo, her subtle and pointed inflections, and her vocal interpretations of the characters brought me into the story and made me feel as if I was living the story with all the characters. Sometimes when I am listening to an audiobook, my mind wanders. Not with this one. I was engaged 100%. Thank you audible.com, thank you Charlotte Bronte and thank you Emma Messenger.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I am glad that I committed myself to listening to the whole of Jane Eyre, as I find it incredibly difficult to get through prolix, tedious chunks of text that are so typical of literature from this period, and I find audiobooks a great solution to the limits that come with dyslexia.
Jane Eyre is obviously regarded as a classic for good reason, and indeed between evocative descriptions and characterisations, high tension and emotional stakes, it is easy to see why, and I certainly see listening to Brontë's work as time well-spent.
Would you be willing to try another book from Charlotte Brontë? Why or why not?
I don't know if I'll be reading/listening to any more of Brontë's works, as I don't think hers is a style I get along with, nor am I particularly understanding of her taste in men.
Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Messenger’s performances?
While her English accent isn't awful, it sounds very forced and her slips into American pronunciation here and there are very jarring. What's more, the portions read in French belie a lack of experience with the language that is pretty hard to overlook. But what I really don't like about the performance is that the tone often feels completely wrong, with the emphasis on certain parts seeming very unnatural and failing to convey the real emotions of the characters at all accurately. I'd put this down to the distraction of having to put on an English accent, but it often feels like the narrator has misjudged the tone and flow of the text before she launches into it.
Any additional comments?
I think Jane Eyre is absolutely worth reading/listening to, but I probably would not recommend this particular audiobook.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
one of my all time favorites. I love, how from the start, as a reader you are totally on Jane's side. Emma Messenger was a fantastic narrator. all in all a fantastic experience
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Jane Eyre again? Why?
Absolutely. I had tried, on multiple occasions, to read this novel in hard copy form, and failed each time I attempted it within the last 10 years. Emma Messenger's reading was so good, I began reading the hard copy concurrently after about an hour of listening. Her delivery made the story easy to take in and the accents were great. She provided emphasis where necessary and made the whole experience very enjoyable.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes -- and frequently took half an hour to sit and do nothing but listen and fold laundry.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Can't believe I waited so long to read this book. It should be compulsory for everyone. Gripping.