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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (643,196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Emma Messenger Publisher: Trout Lake Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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Set in early 19th-century England, "Jane Eyre" follows the coming of age and entry into adulthood of Jane Eyre. Jane is an orphan who finds herself at the mercy of an era when social class, a woman's marital status, prejudices and superstition played major roles in determining the lives of people as they struggled to find a means to survive.

Jane is a bright child and a ready learner, although not a beauty. The few options for a young woman of her time would be marriage or serving as a governess for a family of better means. The novel traces Jane's time as a ward in the home of an unwelcoming, even cruel family as well as her time spent at the Lowood Charity School, whose conditions are far from wholesome. Jane endures and eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield for the darkly mysterious bachelor, Mr. Edward Rochester, who has a ward of his own, Adele, who captures Jane's heart.

Jane is an excellent governess, but she is also a woman. It doesn't take long for her to realize she is romantically drawn to the dark, brooding Rochester. A love affair and marriage is not to be, for forces totally beyond her control continue to get in the way, preventing her from any possibility of a relationship deemed far above her in every way.

Author Charlotte Bronte is one of three sisters who wrote novels during the Victorian period. The character of Jane Eyre is partially autobiographical, drawing elements from the early life of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë as they grew up near Keighley, in Yorkshire. All three women wrote poetry and novels, and published under the pseudonyms Acton, Ellis and Currer Bell. Charlotte published "Jane Eyre" under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847.

"Jane Eyre" was one of the early books that dealt with the issues of women's rights and was ahead of its time. It attracted some criticism as a literary work, but its popularity, both then and now, has far outweighed any such criticism. It remains one of the best-selling novels of all time.

Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marijke | 2/17/2014

    " Loved it! Beautiful story and very well written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 2/16/2014

    " At risk of retroactive revocation of my English major -- I've never read this. I'm enjoying it -- it's my current reading for the times when I'm just walking on the treadmill. "

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

    " really good, but the atmosphere is a bit too grim for me to completely lose myself in it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beccy | 1/26/2014

    " An amazing use of the English vernacular! One of the most awe-inspiring description known. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 1/24/2014

    " I had a hard time getting into this book at first. My son Legend had to read it for school, and I wanted to read it at the same time he was so we could discuss it. I ended up listening to it on an audio book on my iphone, and got so hooked I would go get the book and re-read chapters. I loved the plot, and the mystery that develops in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Fuller | 1/16/2014

    " One of my most favourite books!!!! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mallorie | 1/14/2014

    " Long winded at times, but otherwise fantastic. It pretty much lived up to the hype and expectations! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordaline Vulva | 1/9/2014

    " This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. Jane Eyre is possibly the most complex character I've read about. And I love Mr Rochester! He's devious but it's easy to see how much he loves her! Ugh, I sobbed at the end of the novel. READ IT, LOVE IT, CRY ABOUT IT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janiner | 1/6/2014

    " Hope for us plain Janes... Tbc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 12/31/2013

    " Of course, any classic is a classic for a reason! No criticisms for this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selma Touati | 12/2/2013

    " The best book of all !!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zannah | 11/28/2013

    " A classic well worth reading :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandy | 11/20/2013

    " The book has a cute romance to it, and although I enjoy to read romances this one did not really suit to my liking. It is a classic, but I found it boring really. It's a good book for some especially for those who like a classics, but doesn't go to my favorites at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 11/7/2013

    " I think this was one of the funniest books I've ever read, but I fear I will go to my grave never knowing if the humour was intentional or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanna Runyan | 10/19/2013

    " I absolutely fell in love with the character Jane Eyre and her constant need to do what is moral and right, often at the expense of her own happiness. The novel itself, however, drags on at some points and just gets downright weird at other points. Despite this, I could hardly put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 8/22/2013

    " This book was was really good at the start but in some parts it was really slow and when some people were talking it was really long. But the endng was good too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Zemko | 5/17/2013

    " So glad I finally read this #wish-I'd-read-it-sooner :- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talia Lizany | 4/22/2013

    " My favorite book in the world (not an understatement). I read Jane Eyre at least once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Lisker | 3/22/2013

    " So great a re read. Highly recommend. Jane is so gutsy and yeah I'm sorry spunky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/24/2013

    " I thought that this book was going to be a long winded, boring classic; a pathetic and trivial love story. But it was absolutely amazing. I LOVED it. It might take a bit of persistence at the beginning if your not used to the style but, once I got into it, i couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delores | 11/24/2012

    " Great read! Unfortunately, it took me a while to get through simply due to lack of time. I loved Jane's character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany Carter | 11/23/2012

    " A must-read for anyone that wants to read a true love kind of book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 11/22/2012

    " Loved it, even cried in the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe Cook | 11/14/2012

    " Just wonderful! A must for all bookshelves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 10/8/2012

    " Too beautiful to describe. <3 "

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