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3.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 5 3.18 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Bronte Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Written when women---and workers generally---had few rights in England, Agnes Grey exposes the brutal inequities of the rigid class system in mid-19th-century Britain. Agnes comes from a respectable middle-class family, but their financial reverses have forced her to seek work as a governess. Pampered and protected at home, she is unprepared for the harsh reality of a governess's life. At the Bloomfields and, later, the Murrays, she suffers under the snobbery and sadism of the selfish, self-indulgent upper-class adults and the shrieking insolence of their spoiled children. Worse, the unique social and economic position of a governess---beneath her employers but above their servants---condemns her to a life of loneliness. Less celebrated than her older sisters, Charlotte and Emily, Anne Brontë was also less interested in spinning wildly symbolic, romantic tales and more determined to draw realistic images of conditions in Victorian England that needed changing. While Charlotte's Jane Eyre features a governess who eventually and improbably marries her employer, Agnes Grey deals with the actual experiences of middle-class working women, experiences Anne had herself endured during her hateful tenure as a governess.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol jinx~☆~ | 2/11/2014

    " Vivid picture of the Victorian era based on Anne Bronte's own life. I love the Bronte sisters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Tarry | 2/3/2014

    " Another old fashioned book so it was kind of hard for me to get into the style of writing but the overall story was nice even if it is kind of predictable what's going to happen in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 2/3/2014

    " I'm surprised this isn't in the same "must read" category as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights by the other 2 sisters. It's just as well written and an interesting story too, at least for the times. Maybe a little dated now, heh heh. Those Brontes sure had it goin' on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Evans | 1/28/2014

    " The Nanny Diaries of the 1800s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 1/27/2014

    " I love Anne Bronte. She's my favorite of the Bronte sisters. Agnes Grey is a governess tale but is considered to be more upfront and realistic in its portrayal of a 19th Century governesses life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 1/6/2014

    " Not a bad read and commentary on the precarious position of middle class educated women during the time period, but its easy to see why her sisters overshadowed her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meggie | 12/30/2013

    " I chose to listen to "BBC Radio 4 Extra - Full-cast dramatisation" of this short but well written novella of young Agnes Grey who chosen to have an idealistic mind about being an governess in Victorian society. The quality of this audio work was excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sariah | 12/22/2013

    " A nice little story but Miss Grey was way too passive for my taste. I like my heroines with a little spunk. I felt the same way about Fanny Price in Mansfield Park. Both were just so good, so sweet, so noble....so boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Weather | 12/14/2013

    " I can understand why she is underrated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 11/28/2013

    " I enjoyed this book a great deal, but it definitely lacked development. It seemed like the first crack of a young author. It's a worthy read, but reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall shows a writer who has matured much more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke | 11/7/2013

    " In one word: boring. I think the point she was trying to make is, "Spoiled children turn into unhappy adults," but louder than that, was "Whatever you do, don't become a governess!" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandria Darcy | 10/11/2013

    " I've read the first two chapters, but as I am neither a fan of teaching, nor children, I decided that this novel isn't for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ferris | 9/1/2013

    " Audiobook...........Although this novel was a bit too preachy for my taste, it was enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kt | 8/30/2013

    " Very cute little love story. Not as painfully passionate as other Bronte books but still very fun to read. I kept thinking throughout, thank goodness I'm not a governess... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 1/17/2013

    " Baby sister Annie could do the book writing thing, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 10/3/2012

    " As a homeschool mom of three, I found I could sympathize and even be inspired by young Agnes Grey. An enjoyable read, for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 5/24/2012

    " This book is by Anne Bronte, the youngest of the Bronte sisters. Her writing style is different than her sisters, a little more simplistic. I found it sweet and engaging. Reminds me more of Jane Austen writing then the Gothic style of Emily and Charlotte Bronte. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Hill | 4/8/2012

    " Not sure why she's the least famous. She is definitely the most ballsy. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 11/2/2011

    " 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 Joey | 10/27/2011

    " I thought I'd give Anne Bronte a try. Glad I did, but I see why she's the uncelebrated sister--she's so much less dramatic and dripping in major depths of emotions, yet she still comments on the social classes and societal rules. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy N | 2/21/2011

    " A true classic! Love the old fashioned dialogue and descriptions of the English countryside. A sweet love story. Not action packed or fast paced but so enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Bravenec | 12/31/2010

    " A great novel and fun to read. Anne Bronte is such a great writer...I wish she had lived longer! "

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