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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: December 2009 ISBN: 9781593165215
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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!

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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 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 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 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 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed Ms. Kohler's style of writing very much. The story may not be an accurate (fictionalized) account of Ms. Bronte's life, but was an interesting perspective on the writing of Jane Eyre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayne Ray | 1/22/2014

    " I was drawn to this book because I adore "Jane Eyre" and was curious to read a fictionalized story of its creation, but ended up wishing I had picked up a Charlotte Bronte biography instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margali | 1/7/2014

    " I'm a longtime fan of Jane Eyre, and I loved how this book gave me a brief snapshot of the life of the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genie | 1/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed it. It inspired me to put Jane Eyre on my to-read list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/25/2013

    " This was a good read, but I don't think I liked it as much as The Secret Diaries. The content was very similar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/31/2013

    " purchased on a whim. "fictive" account of the bronte sisters. intriguing & hard to put down since they are my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/30/2013

    " The writing was beautiful and I enjoyed the way the author imagined how the book Jane Eyre came to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melyssa | 10/10/2013

    " The style of writing in this book was a little dry, but I enjoyed how the author wove Charlotte Bronte's real life into her fictionalized story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brynn | 9/28/2013

    " The most boring book ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 11/18/2012

    " A beautiful little book for fans of Jane Eyre. It's a novel about the Brontes, especially Charlotte. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 4/5/2012

    " Excellent book! An imagining of Charlotte Bronte's life as she is writing her gothic masterpiece, Jane Eyre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billie | 1/31/2012

    " I thought the book drug. I got tired of all the supressed passions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/8/2011

    " Guess I should read Jane Eyre now, huh? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/2/2011

    " purchased on a whim. "fictive" account of the bronte sisters. intriguing & hard to put down since they are my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eldra | 2/22/2011

    " I'm a sucker for anything Bronte so this is a great book if you want to put yourself in the Bronte parsonage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorik | 2/19/2011

    " Perfect book to read on an airplane ride. I read this entire book on my flight to Spain. Very easy to follow and it takes you away from the fact that economy sized seats are way too close for comfort. I love the book Jane Eyre, so anything relating to or stemming from is okay for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/5/2011

    " This was very well-written for a "how a famous author's life affected her work" novel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg Marie | 1/1/2011

    " I couldn't finish it, and not just because having a new baby has sucked away my brain cells. The book tries to be dark and sexy and interesting, but is just cheesy, stupid and overwrought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mosunflower | 12/29/2010

    " No real story here and I have to question how much 'fact' is just supposition. I think my time would have been better spent reading a biography about the family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mwbham | 12/6/2010

    " Nicely done - it gave me a real feel for Bronte's life and how she may have come to write the various characters and plot twists of Jane Eyre. The switching back and forth between Jane's and Charlotte's lives could have been confusing if the reader wasn't fairly familiar with the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brynn | 11/9/2010

    " The most boring book ever written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 9/18/2010

    " A light read. I wasn't anxious to pick up the book each night. Not sophisticated level of writing. Have enjoyed other author's biographies much much better than this one. "

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About the Author

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of fourteen works of fiction. She has twice won an O’Henry Prize. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Jen Taylor is an American voice actress best known for her role as Cortana in various Halo games, Zoey in Left 4 Dead, and the Xbox 360 game 1 vs. 100. In addition to her voice-over work, Taylor is also an accomplished stage actress and has appeared in a number of films and television series.