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Jane Eyre

Narrated by: Thandie Newton
Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"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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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Thandie Newton gives a delightful performance of this beloved classic. She delivers the voice of Jane from childhood to adulthood with elegant conviction, breezing through the dense sentences as if they were part of a contemporary novel." (AudioFile)

"[Thandie Newton’s] taut British diction makes a one-woman play out of the orphan girl’s love story, which starts out with all the young-adult tropes - the poor, good-hearted child abused by the spoiled, wealthy boy and his classist keepers, each distinguished by his or her own idiosyncratic cadence - but progresses into what many consider the prototypical Victorian novel. Written in 1847, not long before the start of the American Civil War, the novel makes repeated comparisons between Jane’s captivity, as an impoverished girl in a rich family’s home, and slavery. Newton’s exasperated and aptly melodramatic delivery of Jane’s accusation that her cruel stepbrother is 'like a slave-driver' is a knowing contemporary wink at this timeless yet dated classic." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Such a lovely old love story

I wanted to read an old novel while on holiday, my husband also enjoyed listening to the beautiful old style language and appreciated the morals and stoic ways. Was much more enjoyable having someone read to me than the time many years ago when i read it to myself. Excellent reader.

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Beautifully read

The choice of reader was. Superb one. She truly brings this beloved classic alive. The characters were distinct and delineated vividly.

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A LADY'S TALE

What made the experience of listening to Jane Eyre the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre?

The moment at the altar when Rochester nearly allowed his passion for JANE TO CUASE HIM TO BE A BIGAMIST!

What does Thandie Newton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She lives the part admirably, using the language and accent of the time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

as nearly as possible!!

Any additional comments?

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!

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Oh what a beautiful journey

What a truly beautiful story full of so many heart warming and uplifting moments to be with Jane in her journey from childhood through to adulthood was just I am a lost for words but it was beautiful and I will miss her. Highly recommended and Thandie did an outstanding performance!!

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Better to be heard than seen!

What a wonderful way to take in a classic. While wading through the spectacular writing style of Bronte one can occasionally get somewhat bogged down in the thick language, having to constantly gauge context and meaning makes for much slower progress than listening to the same text. The story flew being read, all emotions and intentions laid bare with no effort on my part to interpret needed, it made the journey effortless and enchanting. I recommend anyone wanting to study this text listen to it first, the full meaning of each scene given on a silver platter that can be further devoured in the actual text. And to anyone wanting a beautiful, enticing story to listen to then this will suit you perfectly also.

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Highly recommended classic

A classic and extremely well narrated by Thandie Newton. I found this audiobook very easy to listen to and very calming.

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Men really are the worst, huh

I went into this more or less blind, not knowing anything of the plot, having somehow managed to avoid spoilers for the last two hundred years. Thus I was genuinely somewhat surprised when the plot took its first Gothic left turn, and I was especially shocked and dismayed at Jane's ultimate decision to marry Mr Rochester, who is a total prick and utterly undeserving of her. I think Jane had him pegged when she listened to him speak disrespectfully of his former mistresses and wondered if he'd ever speak of her that way. Though she remains in love with him even after learning how he mistreated his first wife, I figured this was just a way for Brontë to portray Jane's purity and devotion or something, and that other factors would prevent her from getting back with Mr Rochester, so that her belonging and happy ending would instead be achieved living with her new sisters in the house they owned together. At least she had financial independence when she made the decision to marry, so she wasn't constrained into it for that particular reason. Jane is a formidable heroine, and though I really wanted better for her, I suppose the ultimate respect I can pay her is to accept her choices. So, look, Jane, if all you want is to nurse a cranky blind man who ruins everything he touches for the rest of your days, more power to you. May you have every happiness. Thandie Newton does a great job with the narration; I'm not familiar with her work outside of film, but I'm assuming she must have theatre background or RADA training or something, because there's clearly a lot of technical craft on display in a sustained performance of this length, with character voices being very skilfully delineated, etc. I will say that a lot of her servant woman voices seem pretty much identical, but there are a lot of servant characters in this novel and distinguishing them doesn't seem very important (I think servant voices are mostly dictated by the way Brontë wrote their accents, too). Overall it's an excellent reading that enhances the text.

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Jane Eyre

I like to make fun of this book with friends but honestly, it's a classic for a reason. When the book picks up, it's quite hard to stop listening. The narrator does an excellent job with the voice.

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Thandie Newton is brilliant

I've read the book, seen the movie, studied the book in fact, but this reading brought the story a new depth. I couldn't stop listening. Thandie Newton is truly captivating as narrator. I wish she had done more like this. Strongly recommended.

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Exquisite

One of the greatest stories ever written, exquisitely read by Thandie Newton. I highly recommend.

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  • Andrea Frazee
  • 31-10-2016

Thandie Newton is INCREDIBLE!

I am completely blown away by Thandie Newton's performance! There were so many times I had to remind myself who was narrating because here voice changed so seamlessly with each character. What a talent! Not to mention this book is a classic and a superior one at that. Well worth the 19+ hour listen.

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  • Helene
  • 04-08-2016

Ms Newton was an Audible Tour de Force!!

I never got around to reading Jane Eyre but I finally decided to listen and I am glad I did. I loved this book immensely and I thought knew the story thanks to PBS - Masterpiece and the like but I found "I know nothing" and now I know all. Ms Newton gave true voice to every character man, woman or child with such skill that I was enthralled. At once I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation while riding an emotional roller coaster to the end of the line with her Jane. She breathed life into a story that could have been tired.
I apologize if I sound like I am gushing but I speak only the truth of my experience with this book and this extraordinary performer. Never a big fan I liked her in films and respected her work. I am now a fan and I look forward to seeing and hearing all of her work in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-2016

Perfect!!

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!!

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  • Gillian
  • 19-04-2016

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! For more reviews, of all genres, check out AudiobookAccomplice.com

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  • Maddy Churm
  • 10-11-2016

Sensational way to experience Jane Eyre

Having never read this classic before, I was excited to purchase this on Audibles. And I must say: this audiobook went above and beyond my expectations! Thandie Newton was an absolutely phenomenal reader, and brought the characters to life in a vibrant and movie- like manner. This is certainly one of the best if not THE best book I've ever listened to on Audibles. Audibles, keep bringing in wonderful narrators: it makes these classics come to life.

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  • bluestocking64
  • 08-11-2016

Newton is a wonderful narrator

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her bring the novel alive. I hope to hear more works read by her.

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  • Robbie
  • 24-10-2016

Gets even better each time you read it!

Outtanding narration makes this classic even more compelling and addictive! This story is a "must read"!

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  • Tangled
  • 25-04-2016

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.

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  • Alysa O.
  • 26-04-2019

Not the Depressing Story Hollywood Tells Us It Is

I had seen the movie with Michael Fassbender in it, having no idea what the book was about. I knew that Charlotte was the sister of Emily Bronte who had written Wuthering Heights. It never interested me either. Mostly because upon reading the truly awful novel Twilight, it was discussed so often. I still haven’t read Emily Brontes book. I watched a BBC production of it starring Tom Hardy. It was dreary, stupid, cruel and in the end, completely pointless. It’s no wonder a hokey writer like Stephanie Meyer chose the most shallow “classic” of the regency era as Bella’s favorite. Jane Eyre is nothing of the sort. It’s not even as gloomy and hopeless as various movies or mini series have made it out to be. Despite any bad in Jane’s life. Despite numerous tragedies, Jane is a force to be reckoned with through out the tale! She’s what every writer should aspire to make of their lead female characters. She’s bold and independent. Her flaws are endearing but still present. Her love and compassion in the face of many heartless characters brought me to tears multiple times! It’s her choice to love Mr Rochester. Her choice to be the wife he both wants and needs. The way they tease and trust one another felt true to the successful relationships I’ve personally witnessed. There were trials, all great books have them, but they were overcome with poise and understanding. This book holds a great deal of hope through out and I wonder if those who produce the live action dramas are just too unwilling to show this, because it’s all owed to God? The heroine’s reliance on moral and divine conduct is a large plot point and yet most of what I’ve seen never mentions it. If anything they seem to push Jane into rebelling against the ideals of the regency era’s definitions of a Godly woman. I have to say, I truly didn’t expect to become so absorbed in this novel. Thandie Newton’s performance is spectacular and well done. I’d listen to her read just about any classic, I think.

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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • 20-05-2016

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!

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  • Philip
  • 13-02-2017

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-2017

Great reader

The best part about this book is the reader, she really brings the story to life with her different accents and voices. Jane Eyre will always be one of my favourite books, I can't fault it!

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  • Elizabeth B
  • 10-03-2017

Sublime

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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  • Michelle Farmer
  • 06-02-2017

Thandie Newton's performance is amazing!!

If you could sum up Jane Eyre in three words, what would they be?

Captivating
Love
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What other book might you compare Jane Eyre to, and why?

Havent listening to a period novel read so well

What about Thandie Newton’s performance did you like?

Was totally amazing. Could not stop listening. She puts her great talent into many voices for many characters, Stunning

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If it wasnt so long yes. Was brilliant

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  • Barbara Wharton
  • 18-09-2016

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!

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  • jules
  • 27-05-2016

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.

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  • zoe martin
  • 23-01-2017

Beautifully Read By Thandie Newton

What made the experience of listening to Jane Eyre the most enjoyable?

Thandie Newton is the PEFECT narrator for this story. I loved listening to her.

What other book might you compare Jane Eyre to, and why?

Pride and prejudice.

What about Thandie Newton’s performance did you like?

Loved it. The perfect tone, she made every character come alive seamlessly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend you get this version. Loved it :)

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  • Judith
  • 17-05-2016

Great narration

Loved this! really recommend this version narrated by Thandie Newton as she does it so well : )

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  • Caleta
  • 08-08-2017

Outstanding Book, Outstanding Narrator

Having watched the film many times, I decided it was time for the book. Thandie Newton was brilliant and brought every aspect to life. I was decorating a bedroom and the book was being read in the background. I smiled, I laughed, I cried and I was so absorbed that it came as a big surprise to discover that I had finished the room! I really didn't want this book to end, it is excellent. Would highly recommend.

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  • Mrs Clare Moses
  • 01-08-2017

Elegantly narrated masterpiece

The sensitive and fluent performance of this classic novel made it difficult for me to stop listening. The male voices were handled expertly without any pastiche growling and the rather convoluted syntax used in the time of the Brontes was smoothly and intelligently expressed. The performance was so engaging that I found myself crying at one point (not something that comes easily to me). A wonderful partnership between a brilliant book and a superb vocal performance.

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