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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (980 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheila Kohler Narrator: Jen Taylor Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A beautifully imagined tale of the Brontë sisters and the writing of Jane Eyre. The year is 1846. In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster. A mother and two children dead. A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members. A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates. And three strong, intelligent young women, reduced to poverty and spinsterhood, with nothing to save them from their fate. Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent. So unfolds the story of the Brontë sisters. At its center are Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction’s most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler’s Becoming Jane Eyre will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore Jane Eyre. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Well-written. Kohler gives us a more multidimensional, passionate and temperamental Charlotte than most biographies…connecting the writer with her heroine is intriguing. This novel will likely send fans back to the originals and should inspire those who know ‘of’ the novels to finally read them.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kohler offers an imaginative recreation of the woman who created this once-scandalous, now beloved classic. Sensitive, intelligent, and engaging… A beautiful complement to Brontë’s masterpiece.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Sheila Kohler moves with assured ease between fiction and biography, between the inner life of Charlotte Brontë as she composes Jane Eyre and the comedy of professional rivalry among the three Brontë sisters.”

    J.M. Coetzee, author of Disgrace and Summertime

  • “Bravo! I couldn’t put it down and finished it in the depths of the night.”

    Lyndall Gordon, author of Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life

  • “Becoming Jane Eyre is lush and filled with dark sensuality and the tension of unsaid things. The style is quite different from Charlotte Brontë’s in Jane Eyre, yet the tone and imagery and spirit remain in the same realm. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books and Sheila Kohler one of my favorite writers.”

    Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/19/2014

    " What life might have been for the Bronte family. An easy read bringing back the memory of characters and authors I have not thought about in over a decade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoy novels about the Bronte's life, and this one has a great cover and lots of beautiful and intense emotion throughout. I thought from the title this book would be mainly about Charlotte Bronte, but all except the brother are narrators here, why she didn't include him I don't know. Too drunk and off his rocker I guess? The ending was rushed, with little mention of Charlotte's marriage. I couldn't believe she didn't include that. That's the best part of her story. Her happy ending, just like her Jane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Britney | 2/16/2014

    " I'm not finishing this one. I haven't read anything the Brontes wrote, and this book is just not interesting enough for me to want to finish it. Charlotte's father is sick. The nurse narrates part of the story and she was just let go. Charlotte had an inappropriate relationship with her mentor. So far none of the other sisters have had more than mentions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/8/2014

    " part of me is slightly loathe to enjoy these sort of author-inspired books - mostly because they usually don't turn out very well - but I enjoyed this one for the most part... "

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