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Author: Charlotte Brontë Narrator: Lia Williams Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780001555
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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 favor of proposing to a rich landowner, Shirley. 

In Charlotte Brontë’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 realize 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. 

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About the Author

Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855) grew up in the isolated parsonage at Haworth, Yorkshire, where her father was curate. She and her sisters Emily and Anne thrived in fantasy worlds that drew on their voracious reading of Shakespeare, romantic, and gothic fiction. Charlotte was employed as a teacher and a governess before she began writing with her sisters. The Professor, her first novel, was rejected for publication until 1857, although Jane Eyre, published in 1847 under a pseudonym, achieved great success.

About the Narrator

Lia Williams is a noted stage, film, and television actress. She is best known for her role in the feature film, Dirty Weekend, and for her lead performance in the 1996 production of the play Skylight, which earned her a Tony Award nomination.