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Publisher's Summary

Following the tremendous success of Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë returned to pen a novel every bit as romantic and compelling as her first, but with deeper, heartier themes as she captured the social and political currents of the newly industrialized United Kingdom of 1812. 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.
Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks
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2 out of 5 stars
By Montcalm on 06-03-15

Social Romance

Shirley is surely not Brontes best, though its themes are rich--how to combine manufacturing w land preservation , capitalism w justice. The plot is sloooow.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Hallesaspberry on 10-01-16

Very much enjoyed

Great book. A little long winded at times but still worth a listen. Excellent narration.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Cassandra Leigh on 05-10-18

A disappointment!

Sometimes the characters' voices were difficult to distinguish, but generally well read. Boring story! Waste of my time to listen.

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