Jane Eyre

Thoughts  by Charlotte Bronte, 2016 (orig 1847), 19 hours 10 minutes

Narrated by Thandie Newton.

Challenge: Personal
Genre: Classics, Feminism, Gothic Romance?
Type/Source: Audiobook / Audible
 Why I read this now: #shrug

MOTIVATION for READING: Oh Jane. Jane, I feel like I know you. I have ‘known’ your story for what feels like forever. But, my memory fails me! I’m not really positive that I have met you face-to-face and heard your story from you directly. Perhaps I have only heard talk from other acquaintances, about your Mr. Rochester and his mad wife in the attic. I can’t remember if I was lying when I say I have read your book. Did I? or does it just seem that way because I know of the tale? (I have the same issue/question re: Wuthering Heights.)

I had to be sure. I decided that experiencing Jane Eyre via audiobook was the way to go (a first-read or reread – who cares? I suspected I would enjoy it – I love long classics on audio.) Lucky for me, I was able to select THIS edition.

WHAT’s it ABOUT:  Hmmmm, dare I spoil it? Have I already?!  EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT JANE EYRE IS ABOUT, right?

Actually, no. One of my best friends asked me yesterday, what is about? Crazy, huh? She’s such a good egg but is she plugged into the world of literature-mania like me? She is NOT.

And I had hard time telling her. How much to tell? I shrugged and told her she wouldn’t like it and would probably DNF it. I know her well enough.

WHAT’s GOOD: Thandie Newton is a dream. She is PERFECTION. She made every line beautiful and dreamy; she delivered the exact amount of emotion to every sentence. Fraught or loving, scary or forcefully independent.

Listen to Thandie’s voice and her thoughts on doing the narration:

What’s NOT so good:  Bronte can go on and on with descriptions but I enjoyed it. (I suspect my friend would roll her eyes in weariness. I also suspect she wouldn’t like the old language.)

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you want to audiobook a classic, choose this one.

RATING: Five slices of gooseberry pie.

“I have kept myself; and, I trust, shall keep myself again. What are you going to do with these gooseberries?” I inquired, as she brought out a basket of the fruit.

“Mak’ ’em into pies.”

“Give them to me and I’ll pick them.”

“Nay; I dunnut want ye to do nought.”

“But I must do something. Let me have them.”

She consented; and she even brought me a clean towel to spread over my dress, “lest,” as she said, “I should mucky it.”




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12 thoughts on “Jane Eyre

  1. An audio books version of this would be a treat, I dare say, and this one sounds very good. I’m rereading it for Classics Club sometime so maybe that’s the way I’ll go. Or do a combo read and listen.

  2. As you may have heard me say a time or 16,000, classics tend to intimidate me. Though when I actually get up the gumption to read one, I’m almost always reminded just how silly a notion it is to be intimidated (Jane Eyre being an example of just this phenomenon). But still I seem incapable of shaking the feeling. I have learned that audiobooks really make a difference for me when it comes to classics though. I was convinced that good old Jane Austen and I would never be friends–I tried and just could not get into a few of her beloved-to-seemingly-everyone-else books. But then I tried an audiobook, and found myself so surprisingly delighted to fall in love with Northanger Abbey. Okay, I shall shut up now. Well, not quite yet. First I must comment on the fact that I need to put my penchant for rambling into pen and paper mode and send you a long overdue letter. Okay, now I’ll shut up.

    1. Classics are just books that somebody ELSE made a fuss over. Pick the right “somebody else”es that you want to listen to and then consider those recommendations. NOT what some crazy lit society says a worthy classic must be read.

      I do think you’d like Miss Jane Eyre if you ever met her. Think of it like that. Think of it as a letter she wrote you and it got lost in the mail. Til now and not the 1800s?

  3. I am so glad you liked thisssssss! It’s one of my all-time favorite classics — I read it when I was a kid and felt extremely smug about reading above my age level, and I also just really really loved it and have ever since. If you are going to watch an adaptation of the book, may I recommend the 2006 (I think) BBC version with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson? It’s fantastic, by far the best Jane Eyre adaptation I’ve seen.

  4. This is one of my childhood favorites, not quite as high on my all-time fave list as Wuthering Heights but definitely among the top ten. I LOVE the fact that she chooses her own happiness first and that it does not involve a man. What a mind-blowing idea when you are ten years old, or even now!

  5. I read this one back in my 20s and remember very little, so I’m considering a reread, sometime soon. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. I’m more of an Austen girl than a Bronte fan, but maybe age will have changed things a bit. I absolutely couldn’t stand Wuthering Heights, though, and won’t give it a second go.

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