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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Lia Williams Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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This novel depicts a mill owner, Robert, whose business is struggling and in turn, rejects his attraction to an orphaned woman, Caroline, in favour of proposing to a rich landowner, Shirley.

In Charlotte Bronte's classic, Shirley rejects him as she loves Robert's poor brother, Louis, but has too much pride to admit her feelings. Caroline withers away due to the rejection by Robert until discovering Shirley's governess is her long lost mother which rekindles her life.

Robert's obsession with profits means he ignores his workers needs until he is shot by an opposing faction. His experience at relying entirely on other people lead him to realise his mistakes and as his business picks up he helps his workers and reignites his attraction to Caroline.

Shirley and Louis overcome their differences to begin speaking to one another in hope of an eventual marriage.

Lia Williams, a remarkable talent, reads this English classic. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rinabeana | 2/2/2014

    " I'd have to say that compared to Jane Eyre and Villette, Shirley took the longest to get into, but after a while I really enjoyed it. I read somewhere that it's not a romance, but whatever! Not one couple, but two! YAY! There was certainly a lot more social commentary than I'm used to and since I know nothing about British history during the Napoleonic wars, I had to rely on the notes quite a bit. Overall I really liked it. I really identified with Caroline (one of the central characters - not Shirley, who is introduced a third of the way into the book). She was very sad for most of the book, mainly due to a lack of communication, as seems to be the case in a lot of books set in this time period. However, her feelings and CB's writing were powerful nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Jensen | 1/31/2014

    " This is not a fast read, but it is worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 1/30/2014

    " It's not my fave, as it drags at times, but it's still a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pippa222 | 1/9/2014

    " As a story this was far inferior to Villette or Jane Eyre, but I have given it four stars because it was such a fascinating insight into women's lives in 19th century England - and also a passionate plea for their minds and talents to be developed. Sad, but well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ema | 12/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this tremendously. More mature than "Jane Eyre" for sure. I'm rather surprised that Shirley was the title of the book; frankly, I was more interested in Caroline and her love story was more engaging than Shirley's (which felt a bit thin and tacked on). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 12/23/2013

    " There is a lot of politics in this book that made it a bit difficult to get through at times, but the "romance" in it does become satisfying. If you liked Les Miserables, you may also like this. It is not written like Jane Eyre; not as intimate of a view into the characters lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 12/29/2012

    " Bronte says not to expect the book to be thrilling but the first few pages were so sharp that i didn't take her at her word. too bad...maybe it gets better (i'm sure it does) but i just can't read the whole thing to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 8/13/2012

    " Nice story from Charlotte Bronte. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 7/2/2012

    " Possibly one of the most perfect 'first chapters' I have ever read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 8/21/2011

    " I had a lot of trouble getting through this book. I found the characters uninteresting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa S | 8/2/2011

    " I really liked many of the characters. The plot was choppy. But, considering all the deaths that Charlotte dealt with, its to be expected. However, the ending was a little too Jane Austen for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melissa1lbr | 4/6/2011

    " I finally finished this book. I really enjoyed the story and plot, but I just found that there was too much extraneous material that detracted from the story - and just plain annoyed me :) Beautiful story with interesting and sometimes lovable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Vehar | 1/21/2011

    " Different then the Bronte books but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe Cox | 7/14/2009

    " so cute. just what i needed when craving a classic romance novel "

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