Villette

  • by Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Arguably Brontë's most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings.Left by harrowing circumstances to fend for herself in the great capital of a foreign country, Lucy Snowe, the narrator and heroine of Villette, achieves by degrees her independence from both outer necessity and inward grief. Lucy flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the cosmopolitan capital of Villette. But her struggle for independence is soon overshadowed by her friendship with a worldly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë's strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free.

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What the Critics Say

"May convincingly portrays the many moods and complex character of Charlotte Brontë's heroine....Her many voices, with subtle timing, sweep us at a quick clip through a narrative of psychological insight and vividly rendered places, people, and landscapes." (AudioFile)
"Villette! Villette! Have you read it? It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power." (George Eliot)
"Brontë's finest novel." (Virginia Woolf)

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longwinded

the basic story was ok. this book would have been better in an abridged version. I found myself wanting to fast forward the long winded descriptions. I would not get another book from the author becase of this. I also found the main character a bother. 'Just get up and do something instead of sitting there suffering silently' was what I kept thinking.
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- Dennis

No Jane Eyre

Villette prattles on and on about nothing, but does have an interesting ending. Lucy Snow is supposed to be an independent woman, and she is, at least outwardly. However, her inner life is soulless and clueless. She would rather purport to civility rather than reveal an emotion. Lucy does make strides towards being broadminded, but in the end, at it is a very good ending, we are left wondering her fate. Does he or doesn't he? Bronte gives us no neat ending and that ploy saves the book from being simpering tripe. By the way, I believe he does.
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- Dennis "I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.