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Is there anything you would change about this book?
While I actually enjoyed this book, it is quite long. I also think you will have to be a Bronte fan to enjoy this story. There is quite a few conversations in French, and for those of us who do not speak the language that is quite a challenge.
Would you recommend Villette to your friends? Why or why not?
This is a book for audible listeners who enjoy long classical stories.
What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Davina Porter is a perfect narrator for this story. Without her excellent interpretation of the characters, it would be quite a challenge to get through the whole book.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This was a good book, however there's a lot of french in it. I can read french, but it was quite annoying to miss major plot points because they were read in french, Would have been useful, if not true to the book, to translate.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Clearly our main character- I like how she took her destiny in her own hands and went for what she wanted.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter?
Noone- she's always great
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Villette in three words, what would they be?
This is a classic and worth reading for that alone. It also gives a social history.
For me it was spoilt by unenthusiastic reading and by not including a translation of some of the most important parts of the text which was, at times, in French. I have heard this done by footnote references and this would only be needed where the French is relevant to the plot etc.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful