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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Charlotte Brontë's Shirley, adapted for audio and now available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Juliet Stevenson.

Alas, Experience! No other mentor has so wasted and frozen a face as yours: none wears a robe so black; none bears a rod so heavy....

Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline, who, bored and desperate, lives as a dependent in her uncle's home with no prospect of a career. Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert's brother, an impoverished tutor - a match opposed by her family. As industrial unrest builds to a potentially fatal pitch, can the four be reconciled?

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderful novel by Charlotte Bronte. I'm surprised it's overlooked... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa S | 2/8/2014

    " 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 Zoe | 1/23/2014

    " I want to be Shirley when I grow up. Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 1/9/2014

    " Read this about a year ago. Why does everyone like Jane Eyre so much and no one knows this one? This is much better as far as that goes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 1/3/2014

    " Yeah, I'm a ways in and I can't finish this one either. It just isn't gripping me like Bronte usually does. I'll pick it up again one day. "

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

    " Less high-brow than Villette, still suffers from the same repressed feminism, but the heightened romance helps overshadow any pretensions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 12/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but of the three books of hers that I've read, it's my least favorite. If I didn't have the "must finish every book I start" rule, I may not have continued reading; the beginning moves entirely too slow for my taste. About half-way through the book, I was thoroughly enjoying it, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelyn | 12/15/2013

    " 1995 edition (different cover - paperback) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Acacia | 12/10/2013

    " This is another good one by Charlotte Bronte. Definitely not in the same league as Villette or Jane Eyre, but infinitely better than anything Anne or Emily Bronte wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/13/2013

    " It's good after you make it through the first chapters... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saraid Dammerel | 10/17/2013

    " took a while to get into, and was something I really had to concentrate to follow. Still highly enjoyable though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 10/9/2013

    " Finished, finally. Towards the end I just never felt like picking it up and reading. Her writing is beautiful, but... "unromantic as a Monday morning" - my ass. It's twice as romantic as Jane Eyre, and slow as a result. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 9/26/2013

    " Lovely, I suddenly feel obsessed with Charlotte Bronte. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clari | 7/2/2013

    " A moving look at the position of women in the early nineteenth century which captures the pain of loneliness and the fear of having no purpose in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pippa222 | 3/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey | 12/18/2012

    " I love this book! All of the characters are fun and it's just great. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 9/3/2012

    " My absolute favorite Bronte book. Not as well known and actually was hard to get into, but once I persevered through the first 4-5 chapters, it was well worth it. You just have to read it for yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nara | 7/17/2012

    " Enjoyed it a lot better than Villette, for sure. "

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