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Jane Eyre (original 1847; edition 2011)

by Charlotte Bronte, Josephine Bailey (Reader)

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Member:nathys
Title:Jane Eyre
Authors:Charlotte Bronte
Other authors:Josephine Bailey (Reader)
Info:Random House Audio (2011), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:vintage bronte

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

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  1. 412
    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Bonzer, chrisharpe, fannyprice)
    chrisharpe: There are some similarities between these two books: a young woman marries an older widower and moves to his mansion, where the marriage is challenged by the unearthly presence of the first wife.
    fannyprice: These two books reminded me a lot of each other but Rebecca was more modern and somewhat less preachy.
  2. 365
    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Kerian, westher, deepikasd)
    Kerian: If for some reason you read The Eyre Affair without having read Jane Eyre, I definitely recommend it. It will certainly be interesting to read and is a very good book.
    westher: Voor als je wilt weten hoe de verhaallijn ontstaan is ;-)
    deepikasd: This story also gives you a different spin and shows how the story is "changed" to what it is today. Though the story is a parody, the reader who loves Jane Eyre will definitely love meeting the characters again and relish the story all over.
  3. 376
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (TineOliver)
    TineOliver: Debates about which is the greater love story have raged between book lovers for years. Why not read both and form your own opinion?
  4. 3613
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (roby72, gabynation6)
    gabynation6: these authors were sisters
  5. 248
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (stephmo, aces)
    stephmo: Written as the story of the first Mrs. Rochester. While this may not be the light we want to remember Mr. Rochester in, it leads to a richer picture of the man he becomes for Jane.
  6. 141
    Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (Medellia)
  7. 208
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: Both gothic novels, with a big ol' creepy house, and theme of hidden family secrets
  8. 121
    The Brontës by Juliet Barker (Wraith_Ravenscroft)
  9. 121
    Villette by Charlotte Brontë (Wraith_Ravenscroft, allenmichie)
  10. 70
    Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (shesinplainview)
  11. 148
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (lanaing)
  12. 71
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (hazzabamboo)
  13. 82
    Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: An interesting retelling.
  14. 61
    The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: The Mysterious Howling offers a fresh perspective on the young governess arriving at a mysterious new place of employment. It's tongue-in-cheek and very funny--definitely an enjoyable read for those who don't take Jane Eyre too seriously.
  15. 51
    Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (ElizabethPotter)
    ElizabethPotter: This is like Jane Eyre in verse.
  16. 52
    Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Anonymous user)
  17. 129
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Maiasaura)
  18. 41
    Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Naylor so brilliantly plays w/Dante & Jane Eyre
  19. 41
    The Victorian Governess by Kathryn Hughes (susanbooks)
  20. 31
    The Brontë Myth by Lucasta Miller (Wraith_Ravenscroft)

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Jane Eyre is an early feminist icon: she shuns marriage to a wealthy man, is highly educated and modest. It is a witty book, a romance that is not sickly or hackneyed. It seems strangely modern. ( )
  martensgirl | Nov 25, 2014 |
Beautiful beautiful beautiful literature. ( )
  bookworm286 | Nov 23, 2014 |
I'm using the spoiler thingy for very mild spoilers. So, if you've never read Jane Eyre and want to read it fresh, with no background knowledge, and if you have never heard about any of the major plot points (Is that possible?), you might want to avoid this. Otherwise, it's no big deal.

This was a reread for me (re-listen, actually). I first read it in eighth grade and remember loving it. I loved it this time too, but probably for different reasons.

What to say about a classic that has been so much written about? I suppose I'll just say that I found Jane to be a marvelously admirable (and lovable) character who I thoroughly enjoyed being around. She manages, despite being dealt an awful set of life cards, to remain positive, strong, and practical. At a time when it is unusual for women to value such things, Jane values independence and rational thinking above all else, while still maintaining a wonderful warmth and caring spirit towards other humans. It could be argued that her choice of mate is problematic (and I might agree), but I think, within the confines of the society in which she lives, her choice offers her the most freedom to be herself, which is what I think attracts her to him in the first place. I did dock it half a star, because I found some of the passionate conversations between her and Mr. Rochester to be a bit tedious and melodramatic. I will miss being addressed as "Reader" though. Addressing the audience is a lost art. Overall, a wonderful reading (listening) experience!
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  DorsVenabili | Nov 17, 2014 |
La vida de las hermanas Bronte es alucinante. En Jane Eyre nos trasmiten algo de lo que vivieron. Su hermana Emily escribió "Cumbres Borrascosas". Se quedaron huerfanas de madre muy pequeñas y a su padre se le fueron muriendo todos sus hijos. Impresionante.
  pato.larrinagadeluis | Oct 3, 2014 |
My all time favourite romance novel.
It's not rose petals & moonshine love, it's real life troublesome love. It's a wonderful classic and a must read !
It has you laughing and crying at the same time. ( )
  lisa.isselee | Sep 26, 2014 |
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Brontë, Charlotteprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Booker, NellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brett, SimonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cabot, MegIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Erikson, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freedman, BarnettIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibbett, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jong, EricaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leavis, Q. D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mason, Michaelsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCaddon, WandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mills, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minogue, SallyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Root, AmandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, LucyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, MargaretEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisser, Susan OstrovIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeiger, ArthurAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.
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I could not answer the ceaseless inward question - why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of - I will not say how many years, I see it clearly.
Do you think because I am poor, obscure, plain and little that I am souless and heartless? You think wrong. I have as much soul as you and full as much heart, and if God had granted me some beauty and much wealth I should have made it as hard for you to leave me as it is now for me to leave you.
Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.
To have yielded would have been an error of principle; to have yielded now would have been an error in judgement
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.
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Jane Eyre is the story of a love-deprived girl who becomes the governess of a young french girl at a the Rochester estate. Jane's boss, Mr Rochester is mysterious and reclusive. As romance develops between Jane and Rochester not all is as it seems. There are strange noises in the night and Jane believes a servant is trying to kill Rochester. Nothing at the Rochester estate is as she expects.

This book is a classic. It has romance, a little adventure, a little comedy, and a little heartbreak. This book was slow at times but it made the important moments of the story better. The unexpected things more entertaining.
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A new edition of one of Penguin's top ten Classics-the novel that has been "teaching true strength of character for generations"
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A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. This updated edition features a new introduction discussing the novel's political and magical dimensions.

Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?

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"Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue, 'Jane Eyre' (1847) dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom. In her introduction, Stevie Davies discusses the novel's language and politics, its treatment of women's lives and its literary influences. This edition also includes a chronology, further reading, an appendix and notes." -- Back cover.… (more)

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