Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Charlotte Brontë: A Life, written and read by Claire Harman.
Raised motherless on remote Yorkshire moors, watching five beloved siblings sicken and die, haunted by unrequited love: Charlotte Brontë's life has all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels it inspired.
Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium.
In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential. This is the definitive biography of one of Britain's best loved writers.
I thought Claire Harman's portrayal of Charlotte brought fresh new insight into the main protagonist. Through her characterisation I was able to understand and empathize with Charlotte with clearer insight.
Very sincere narration enabling me to 'want to keep listening' all the way through.
What did you like most about Charlotte Brontë?
The revealing information about how she and her siblings lived and coped. People often ask how they could write so imaginatively when so remote - but I think this book shows they had to make up a life for themselves to keep going
What other book might you compare Charlotte Brontë to, and why?
None at present
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Charlotte came back to Howarth after both Emily and then Ann had died - and the house seemed so lonely. Prior to that I was distressed at the violent side of Emily when she attacked their dog Awful
Any additional comments?
I did not like the way the narrator spoke - in a 'sticky' way so you could hear her lips sticking together Have always hated this!
Amazing, the lives of the sisters and family. Indeed the past is another world, the physical, mental and emotional hardships of this family is what I will carry away with me, as well as their own words in much loved books. Very well written, and narrated.
I visted the Howarth Parsonage a few years ago & came away feeling sad at the lives of the Bronte family. This book had the same effect! However, it is still a great listen & offers so much insight into the writing & lives of Charlotte Bronte & her sisters. Although a great biographer, I think that it would have been better to have had an actress read this book, rather than the author. Sorry! However, if you are a Charlotte Bronte fan, you just have to listen to this book.
when someone does so much research and takes time to write a book it gives no pleasure to write a bad review, but the story of this family is a great albeit tragic one yet this book is the audio version of eating sawdust... forced myself to listen to every word but took months as could only listen in very small bites at a time. If your interested in the Bronte's my advice find another source for information.
I really feel as if I know Charlotte Bronte after listening to this audiobook, I found it an absolutely engaging and revealing story of her life and relationships, such as they are known. Her intellectual snobbery is a little off-putting and, and no doubt she would have been a discomforting companion - though not as difficult as Emily! However her determined and unswerving search for truth and honesty shines through - I loved this book.
Most enjoyable scholarly book. Well researched and beautifully read. I shall recommend this book to my friends and all those who have read Charlotte Bronte's works.