"I think the reason we're so struck by [Jane Eyre] is how Charlotte Brontë manages to relate, expertly, what it means to be a human being...and that never changes." (Narrator Thandie Newton)
Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety. Performing the early Victorian novel with great care and respect, actress Thandie Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness) draws out Jane Eyre's intimacy and depth while conveying how truly progressive Brontë was in an era of extreme restraint.
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Listening to the master or should I say, mistress story teller, brilliant, of its time, told in ageless language, easily understood in this time and age. Perhaps a little too critical of the French but understandable.
The moment at the altar when Rochester nearly allowed his passion for JANE TO CUASE HIM TO BE A BIGAMIST!
She lives the part admirably, using the language and accent of the time.
as nearly as possible!!
I would be in a very long queue as a critic and a very humble one at that ,I leave a thorough critique to my betters!
I could not stop listening, even when I should have been asleep. I read Jane Eyre as a teenager and found the story painfully romantic even though extremely tedious. I had mostly forgotten about it, but hearing Rosamund Pike read Pride and Prejudice (another absolutely perfect performance) prompted me to explore other classics that I struggled with in book form.
Thandie Newton enthralled me! I could swear that I too was living the story. She gave this book the timelessness it deserves! I will definitely keep this audiobook set aside for my future daughters and the young women I influence. Jane Eyre herself inspired in me greater self respect and love. What a wonderful character!
DO NOT HESITATE TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK!!
I have listened to quite a few audible books so far and I think this is the first one that had me insatiable. I could not stop listening!!
"A truly Epic performance"
I listen to hundreds of books each year, and read even more.
Rarely have I enjoyed a book more. This was not a reading, but a masterful performance.
I have read the book countless times, and listened to several other readings, but listening to this narration was even better than reading it for the first time.
It sounded as if a very talented actress was giving voice to her favorite story of all time, not for money, but for love.
"Superb Narration of a Fantastic Book!"
This is the third version of "Jane Eyre" I have, the other two narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Emma Messenger, and I can say without a doubt in my mind that Thandie Newton makes this the best listen of them all. Her accents are impeccable, her ability to convey drama and emotion is sublime, the fact that she can carry off Jane as a child and then move on to Jane as a young woman is astounding and glorious to listen to.
We're treated to the four separate lives of a truly remarkable literary character: Jane as an easily ruffled and sometimes histrionic child, Jane as a smooth yet lovelorn governess at Thornfield Hall, Jane as a content yet suddenly challenged young woman at Moor House, and finally, Jane in her final life, the life the story has been building to, the life she was destined to lead. And Ms. Newton handles each situation, each character therein with perfect ease and grace.
The only, oh so minor, difficulty I had with her performance was that Mr. Rochester was a tad growly. But then again, the man is a tad growly, a tad crotchety and challenging. But she carried off his bouts of passion, his deadpan humor, his utter earnestness, so very well that I was totally swept away.
Nineteen hours go by quickly if you're utterly absorbed by a fantastic story with a character who has such a brilliant character arc. I was honestly and truly sad to hear those words: "Audible hopes you enjoyed..."
But, boy, was I tremendously satisfied! I can't recommend this version of the inimitable "Jane Eyre" highly enough. Charlotte Bronte had a lot to say, and she said it very, very well!
"WONDERFUL NOVEL...FANTASTIC NARRATION!"
I thought I was an Emily gal...Wuthering Heights has always been my go-to book for English romanticism. Because I love Wuthering Heights so much, I never read Jane Eyre...until now.
This book is so beautifully written, so deep in its emotions, so raw in its power...I want to start on page 1 and read it again. You know the story: Jane is a badly treated orphan. She rises from this abusive childhood to become an educated and caring young woman who finds true love, only to be dashed in her hopes of marrying him due to a mysterious secret of his past. Jane is forced to forge a new life but her soulmate, Mr. Rochester, is never far from her heart. Eventually, she finds her way back to him. He is now a damaged figure but has never forsaken his love for her.
This novel is beset with hardship but it is romantic and hopeful.
Thandie Newton does a PHENOMENAL job narrating this story. Her characters are clearly delineated, the voicing is pure and easy to understand. She is a treasure as a narrator!
I loved her narration...just as I loved this book!
"Absolutely the Best!"
Thandie Newton brings this book to life. I have always loved this book and have read it many times, but Ms. Newton's performance is a masterpiece. I noticed things in her reading of this book that I had never paid attention to before. Truly she made a beautiful book even better. I can't wait to listen to this again and share it with my friends.
I am so grateful to Ms. Newton for narrating this classic. Her performance is itself a work of art. This is definitely a must listen.
"Thandie Newton is amazing"
I'm only a few hours in, but I must say that I love Thandie Newton's reading. She has such a lovely, clear voice and her character voices are just wonderful.
Everyone has read Jane Eyre...I've read it several times. Listening to it brings to the fore the parts that the actor finds most interesting and important. It's like reading it with fresh eyes.
She's a fabulous reader--I'll be looking for other audio books that she's read.
"Lies and loss and the love that overcomes it all." Ugh. I guess there's a reason I don't write tag lines....and, really, does Jane Eyre need it?!
Probably the finest example of why I believe audiobooks have made me a better reader. The narrator's timing , accents, and emotion are perfect. This book truly came alive for me.
"A truly moving literary experience"
Jane Eyre is a timeless classic of English literature and there is nothing I could add to what has been said about it since its publication 170 years ago. The character, especially the heroine, come to life with this narration. Anyone who loves a great story will enjoy this audiobook.
"Thandie Newton was amazing"
The book, of course, is beyond wonderful, but this version read by Thandie Newton, was breathtaking. The nuances that she added to her performance gave it a whole new perspective. I loved it.
"I've Never Enjoyed Required Reading So Much"
I am guilty of procrastination. Procrastination during finals week, no less! I found myself running out of time to read Jane Eyre, so I took to Audible. I'm so glad I did! This was a marvelous experience. Thandie Newton does an excellent job of all the voices and accents, making a great book better.
"An incredible narration for a true classic!"
The narration was fantastic. Thandi really brought the book to life - I was completely immersed in the story from start to finish and was really sad when it was over.
I always think Jane Eyre is very similar to Wuthering Heights. The Brontes have an exceptional capability of capturing the passion of forbidden love with the anti heroes and really drawing you into the complex characters in their tales. Nothing is black and white, which keeps you guessing until the end.
When Rochester declares his love for Jane! My heart skipped a beat, such a beautiful scene.
The ending is so beautiful and bitter sweet and Thandi's narration was incredibly moving. I couldn't stop crying!
This really is an amazing listen, I encourage anyone to download it, they won't be disappointed!
"A beautiful audiobook!!"
I defy anyone not to be completely swept up in Charlotte Bronte's magnificent story, made all the better by Thandie Newton's superb narration. Newton is an absolute wonder!! Her subtle vocal skills breathed fresh life into this classic story set in the Moors of Northern England. I was hooked from the first chapter. Very highly recommended.
"One of my favourites"
Jane Eyre is a beautifully written novel that I've read numerous times. I really enjoyed this audible version thanks to the wonderful narrator. I would definitely listen to Thandie Newman again.
Loved this! really recommend this version narrated by Thandie Newton as she does it so well : )
"Thandie Newton's performance is amazing!!"
Havent listening to a period novel read so well
Was totally amazing. Could not stop listening. She puts her great talent into many voices for many characters, Stunning
If it wasnt so long yes. Was brilliant
"Beautifully Read By Thandie Newton"
Thandie Newton is the PEFECT narrator for this story. I loved listening to her.
Pride and prejudice.
Loved it. The perfect tone, she made every character come alive seamlessly.
Highly recommend you get this version. Loved it :)
"great to read again after such a long time"
What a classic. I had forgotten the story having not read since I was at school, so 50 years later I think I enjoyed it more.
Its a must read and enjoy!
"Excellent narration, brilliant story, loved every minute"
Well done Thandy beautifully read. I would recommend it to all. Would be excellent for those studying literature particularly.
Genuinely a story that will touch every part of your soul. As corny as i might sound it is timeless and easily relatable. And the performance was very lively and full of emotion
This is one of the best Audiobooks I have listened to. just didn't want it to end. Thandie's rendition is truly faultless.
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