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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (983 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Syrie James Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781461813620
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“I have written about the joys of love. I have, in my secret heart, long dreamt of an intimate connection with a man; every Jane, I believe, deserves her Rochester.”

Though poor, plain, and unconnected, Charlotte Bronte possesses a deeply passionate side which she reveals only in her writings—creating Jane Eyre and other novels that stand among literature’s most beloved works. Living a secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire with her sisters Emily and Anne, their drug-addicted brother, and an eccentric father who is going blind, Charlotte Bronte dreams of a real love story as fiery as the ones she creates.

But it is in the pages of her diary where Charlotte exposes her deepest feelings and desires—and the truth about her life, its triumphs and shattering disappointments, her family, the inspiration behind her work, her scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have . . . and her intense, dramatic relationship with the man she comes to love, the enigmatic Arthur Bell Nicholls.

“Who is this man who has dared to ask for my hand? Why is my father so dead set against him? Why are half the residents of Haworth determined to lynch him—or shoot him?”

From Syrie James, the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a powerfully compelling, intensely researched literary feat that blends historical fact and fiction to explore the passionate heart and unquiet soul of Charlotte Bronte. It is Charlotte’s story, just as she might have written it herself.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doria | 2/20/2014

    " I liked this book far more than I thought I would. Well written, an honest but sympathetic look at the life of the Bronte family, through small triumphs and tragedies. I found it illuminating and interesting, and truthful, and I appreciate having a better understanding of the real life behind the author of "Jane Eyre". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 2/15/2014

    " I received this book as a gift for Christmas (In ultra gigantic print by accident), but the first time I cracked open this book at 3 in the morning after finishing the "Fault in Our Stars" I couldn't put it down. Whatever anyone else says about this book being bad, THEY. ARE. WRONG! I've grown an even greater respect for Charlotte Bronte, and although the story may not be completely completely true, it was based on a TRUE FACTS! The romance between Charlotte and Arthur made me that happiest, giddiest, fan-girl out there and the story of Charlotte's past left me on the edge of my seat! If you loved Jane Eyre or any other books like Villette, Shirley, or the Professor, you will be sure to love this book! You will be hearing yourself yell "Forget the Rochester, Bring on the Nicholls!" haha, but no matter what happens in this book, Syrie James manages to bring the best out in every character and their thoughts. If you still haven't bought your own copy and started reading, go out and do it now!!! You will never regret doing so. ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 2/3/2014

    " Syrie James has done a tremendous job capturing the life of Charlotte Bronte and the love between Charlotte and Arthur. A beautiful love story with passionate dialogues. A great book for romantics! "

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

    " I'm like charlotte bronte, so this was very interesting to me. If you're not a fan, not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/18/2014

    " I could almost give this book 5 stars because I was impressed with how taken I was with it from the very first page. This is impressive because I've never read a Bronte novel and was expecting this to be really long and boring. But it wasn't. I don't feel like I missed anything by not reading Bronte works before. I felt like the author did a great job weaving this history of Charlotte Bronte together and making it interesting and a page turner. I loved the telling of her love story and the tenderness of her husband. I hated the pain she had to go through in losing so many loved ones, but the author told it in a way that made it painful yet riveting. If you are interested at all in any of the Bronte works, I think you would really like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/13/2014

    " I loved this book! I love Jane Eyre, and this is Charlotte Bronte as I wanted her to be. It seems Charlotte's life was as interesting as that of the characters she created. "

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

    " pretty good, a tad cheesy. did inspire me to read a biography of Charlotte Bronte, as well as her other books and her sister Anne's book. These three sisters are truly inspirational and loveable. It really made me want to read Jane Erye again, which is one of my most favorite books of all time. "

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

    " Charlotte Bronte's life story was as worthy of a novel as any Victorian novelist's fictional characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/6/2013

    " Any book by or of the Bronte Sisters is a great book to me. I enjoyed revisiting the Parsonage in Haworth and seeing the sisters there with their father and brother. The story of their look at the various curates and how Charlotte eventually marries one, Arthur Bell Nicholls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dora | 11/20/2013

    " I am really enjoying this so far. It makes me want to reread Jane Eyre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Pauff | 11/10/2013

    " I don't know how true to life this book is, but it was an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Hooker | 8/2/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. It made it even more interesting that it was based on mostly fact, and it made me want to read the books that were talked about in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/23/2012

    " While I enjoyed some of the historical aspects of this novel, I was not quite enthralled with it. I do think that if my high school students read it first, they might actually read the Bronte novels with more openness. It definitely has it's place as a historical novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carfig | 7/10/2012

    " This was fabulous. I liked it better than the Jane Austen diary, possibly because I know less about Charlotte. I thought the tone was dead-on, and the story is utterly engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 6/19/2012

    " Loooooved this book. Made me want to research the Bronte sisters after and see how much was true! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/23/2012

    " Overall quite good. Did get a bit slow here and there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/19/2012

    " I never wanted this book to end! Syrie James is a brilliant author. This book is now added to my list of "Must Read In A Lifetime". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 2/15/2012

    " I'm about 3/4 through this book and am loving it. I'm ready to re-read Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Villette....all of the Bronte books again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CynthyB | 1/17/2012

    " I loved reading about Charlotte Bronte's life and found it to be inspiring and revealing. Highly recommend this book to fans of all Brontes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari Skuse | 1/2/2012

    " This was my second book from Syrie James. Another very enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/26/2011

    " I'm generally not one for "period pieces," or historical novels, but I liked the author's approach, which involved creating her novel out of actual letters written to/from the Brontes. An interesting look into the mores and constraints of the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 11/7/2011

    " After reading this very interesting story about Charlotte Bronte, it makes me eager to reread Jane Eyre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/5/2011

    " Actually learned some things about Charlotte Bronte that I hadn't known before - such a tragic life for such a talented lady. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/24/2011

    " Having recently re-read Jane Eyre, it was very interesting to read about the life of Charlotte Bronte. Her own life makes such a fantastic story. The way her life ends is so heartbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 5/12/2011

    " Enjoyed this insightful (although perhaps not very accurate) recollection into the life of Charlotte Bronte. If you can take abit of literary licence then you would enjoy it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 4/29/2011

    " Fun read! I love period books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/19/2011

    " I'm like charlotte bronte, so this was very interesting to me. If you're not a fan, not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 4/17/2011

    " Syrie James has done a tremendous job capturing the life of Charlotte Bronte and the love between Charlotte and Arthur. A beautiful love story with passionate dialogues. A great book for romantics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carfig | 4/11/2011

    " This was fabulous. I liked it better than the Jane Austen diary, possibly because I know less about Charlotte. I thought the tone was dead-on, and the story is utterly engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. | 4/8/2011

    " April 2011 selection for the MSJA Book Club. Everyone enjoyed this fictionalized memoir of Charlotte Bronte. I was inspired to re-read Jane Eyre and read Anne Bronte's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 1/31/2011

    " I thought it was o.k., just o.k. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J | 1/14/2011

    " Very disappointed with James' second novel. The author's first foray into the secret lives of women writers (see: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) was much better as it captured Austen's personality and style of writing. I couldn't "feel" Charlotte Bronte in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhhodge | 1/2/2011

    " An easy way to learn more about the bronte sisters - a great weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/26/2010

    " I kinda loved this...and am about to read James' other book the Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Though I found she rushed some parts, it is a lovely depiction of her life and her strained and then realized love with Arthur Nicholls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 11/4/2010

    " I really don't like the idea behind the book. A supposed "lost" diary of Charlotte Bronte. It read just like a novel, not a diary. Oh well, that's my only issue with the book. It was a fun read and I loved learning a little more about her life. "

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About the Author
Author Syrie James

Syrie James is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, Nocturne, Dracula, My Love, and Forbidden. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato is an actress and narrator born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002. She is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards and Audie Awards.