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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Bronte Narrator: Anne Flosni Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Ann Evans | 1/28/2014

    " The Nanny Diaries of the 1800s "

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