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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Bronte Narrator: Nadia May Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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Written when she was 26, Agnes Grey is Anne Bronte's first novel. It tells the story of a rector's daughter who has to earn her living as a governess. Drawing directly from her own experiences, Anne Bronte set out to describe the immense pressures that the governess' life involved: the frustration, the isolation, and the insensitive and cruel treatment on the part of employers and their families.

Too often, Anne Bronte has been portrayed as a saintly, self-effacing shadow of her elder sisters. But clearly she possessed resources of courage and determination equal to theirs, together with a sweetness that was all her own.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquie | 2/19/2014

    " I had never read any of Anne's work before and I was pleasantly surprised to find it very level-headed, straightforward, and honest. Nothing at all crazily romantic like her sisters'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lalita | 2/19/2014

    " I liked this book, but not as much as I loved "Jane Eyre" or "Whuthering Heights". It's a more of a quite romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 2/17/2014

    " More evidence that the Bronte sisters could sure write. This account of working as a governess wouldn't make anyone want to take on the job. Anne Bronte talks about religion in a moral rather than judgemental way that shows how to determine whether or not one has character. Her emphasis on the way one treats animals and people of a lower class should make this required reading today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cami | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoy all the Bronte sisters books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moana Fullmer | 2/13/2014

    " This book was written by the youngest of the Bronte sisters. It was a fascinating look into the world of a governess of the early 1800's. I feet like this book should be read by anyone going into or studying early childhood development since this book examines the days child rearing practices. It wasn't the most riveting book as a novel but for me it was more interesting as a look at the early 1800's and the social practices of that time period. The introduction was also interesting since it gave amazing information about the dynamics of the Bronte sisters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timara | 2/10/2014

    " This was fun to read. Agnes Gray goes out as a governess to be able to help her family with failing finances. She finds governessing a thankless position but learns and grows through it. The story really picks up where, by the fireside of a sick, elderly woman, she meets the new vicar. One of the girls for whom she is a governess decides to pay particular attention to the new vicar when she take note of Agnes' preference for him. THe story plays out from there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 HRH | 1/25/2014

    " It's like Anne Bronte just sat down and starting writing. She wasn't sure where she was going or what the point of the scene she wrote had to do with anything -- she just wrote -- or so it seems. The first third of the book has nothing to do with anything. The latter two thirds are about Agnes Grey hanging out with extremely forgettable characters and taking a really long time to fall in love with a boring curate. Agnes Grey herself is rather dull. She's always doing what is right, and while that is great, it is boring and the character even admits she is very unhappy. It's not quite reaching it's point when the happy people are the "wicked" ones. By the end I was thinking -- wow, I'm really lame if I can't get a guy but a chick like Miss. Grey can. It's definitely not the well-plotted, point-filled writing of say J. Austen and the whole thing is entirely forgettable, unless one is discoursing about awful books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 1/24/2014

    " Agnes Grey was a bit slow-going for the first half of the book. Consisting mostly of descriptions of her charges as a governess for two different families. Once she meets the young curate, Edward Weston, things become a bit more interesting. Overall, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/20/2014

    " Listened to the audio--quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alycia | 1/1/2014

    " This small novel does not share the same depth and complexity of characters and of plot of most of the Bronte sisters' works. However, it is still enjoyable enough. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bish Denham | 11/20/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book. But after getting a third of the way through I have set it aside. So much telling and I was never able to connect to the main character. Sigh.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 11/20/2013

    " This was a sweet romance, but it just didn't have much to grab the reader. I would venture to say that Anne is the weakest writer of the Bronte sisters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 8/17/2013

    " having my only other "classic" read about governesses be by another bronte sister, this was an interesting comparison. a bit dry, and not a lot of action, but definitely interesting to see the relative harsh treatment of a governess, in comparison to the cinderella story of jane eyre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherilyn | 8/31/2012

    " A nice story. Lovely and very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 5/17/2011

    " it started off rather dark and interesting, and i was excited to see where she went with it (hadn't read any of anne's works up until this point). i was slightly disappointed that the book followed similar plot/story lines as it unfolded; nonetheless, still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Godley | 12/19/2009

    " a gentle book.The first Bronte book I have read since reading Jane Eyre many years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Barbeau | 7/20/2009

    " This book was rather depressing and boring. The ending was somewhat happy but it was not happy enough to make up for the majority of the depressing/boring parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sofie | 2/8/2009

    " It is a good book, a very sober look at the rich people of its time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauretta | 6/30/2008

    " I listened to the audiobook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 12/30/2007

    " Realistic, though maybe too... Conservative and pious. Still, beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaci Carpenter | 10/6/2006

    " Finished this book and immediately went to find the BBC movie. There isn't one. Tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 10/4/2006

    " A quiet little classic from one of the Bronte sisters. Not as developed or as involved as the works of her sisters but enjoyable all the same. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yearning To Read | 6/14/2006

    " I tried...I really did. It just wasn't working for me. When there's no driving plot, it's hard to stick with it. :/ "

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