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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Karen Cass Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls's boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings: first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel. Villette, Charlotte Brontë's last and most autobiographical novel, is a powerfully moving look at isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Oschmann | 2/17/2014

    " I loved this book and I look forward to reading it again soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 2/12/2014

    " Charlotte Bronte has held a place in my heart ever since I read Jane Eyre as a girl and couldn't shake it out of my subconcious- Vilette is even more haunting. It is the last of her four novels, largely a re-write of her first novel The Professor, which was rejected many times for publication (it was written from a not entirely convincing male PoV) and it's a masterpiece. Lucy Snowe is the definition of an unreliable narrator- she is reluctant to ever admit in so many words that she feels unrequited love, or loneliness, and yet it comes across so poignantly and clearly in her descriptions of events that it is heartbreaking. Anyone who has ever felt unrequited love, been a foreigner in a strange land, had to rely on oneself without the benefits of a good family to fall back on- anyone who's been the "quiet one" is bound to empathize with Lucy's courage, depth and stoicism. The narrator, and novel as a whole, has a way of winding its quiet way around your heart. Unforgettable characters. And as even more incentive to read it, George Eliot and Virgina Woolf both endorsed Villette as Charlotte Bronte's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 2/9/2014

    " The story is not as compelling a Jane Eyre "

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

    " the only novel i read in 2009 that wrung more than a few cursory tears from me. i bawled unceasingly through the final hour i spent with it. i hated it most of the way through but ended up finding it truly rewarding and i was finally happy that i saved it until i'd read shirley. i had always heard that this was her most accomplished novel and i found that it gave me a kick that her others didn't. this novel has a meticulously constructed surface and pure heartbreak lurking beneath in a way that is much easier to ignore than it might seem. i recommend this penguin classics edition by helen cooper for its notes. the final note to the novel is unbeatable, especially if you don't read it until after you've finished the novel, the way i did. i can't imagine reading the novel without that note. but it was lucy snowe who enriched my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vero | 1/14/2014

    " So freaking boring, I thought I'd never get to the end of it. And it's definitely not better than Jane Eyre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Princesschaos Brutile | 1/11/2014

    " i very much enjoy this book but i do not think it is better then jane eyre "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M.J. Fiori | 1/4/2014

    " Villette is known as Charlotte Bronte's "psychological" novel. As a fan of Bronte's Jane Eyre-brand dark glimpses into dark psyches, I picked this up with some excitement. But I expected rather too much. Simply put, Villette is dull. And angst-ridden. I can endure a good amount of angst-ridden dullness if the payoff is big. But, alas, Villette offers no payoff whatsoever. In Villette, unless you are looking very, very closely, nothing whatsoever happens at all. If you are a Bronte fanatic and are interested in learning more about her stint as a girls' school teacher in France (the experiences on which this is based), or if you love reading about even the most unilluminating internal spiritual battles (which religion is truer: Catholicism or Protestanism?), then read Villette. Otherwise pass it by. You won't have missed anything. Three stars because this is, after all, fine writing by a master of the novel form in English; and also because of all the references to Tales of the Arabian Nights, which piqued my curiosity so much (evidently an English translation had just appeared during this period in C. Bronte's life) that I finally read those stories in their entirety, much to my pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley Linfield | 12/14/2013

    " By far, this is Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece. It is more mature, more thoughtful, and far deeper than Jane Eyre. My insides feel as if they'll burst when I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.J. | 11/21/2013

    " hadn't read a 19th century classic in quite some time. How they do go on. A bit long-winded but charmingly so. Lots of french in the book. Made me think of how bilingual Europeans are as compared to we Americans. Luckily, I have some French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyra | 10/2/2013

    " The book moved really slowly for me. It would help if I spoke French, since there was a lot of it in the book. Overall, a pretty good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tocotin | 7/6/2013

    " I enjoyed Lucy's character and the atmosphere of the town and school were great. Of course the author's dislike of anything NOT English/Anglican, and her Francophobia, are very pronounced, but I have yet to see a 19th century book which would not display this kind of attitude toward things foreign. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 shirley | 6/4/2013

    " A wordy long laborious book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/31/2013

    " An intensely sad book with a melancholy heroine. Lucy is a complex character with whom it is not difficult to sympathize, but who still keeps the reader at bay. Her narrative invites the reader in and then deceives her in a way that is fascinating and puzzling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Chambers | 4/10/2012

    " I loved this novel. I deem it one of C. Bronte's best. I read a review that also deemed it one of her best, and that is why I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Morrison | 10/24/2010

    " This one is so tragic. I had to read the ending twice to believe it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pseudonym | 5/14/2010

    " Contrived, boring, and filled with frustrating narrative devices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Vales | 5/2/2010

    " This book reinforced Charlotte Bronte as my favorite author. It's a shame her volume of work is so small. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 4/15/2010

    " I found this so incredibly deep and moving that I would have to write an essay to express all my thoughts and impressions, so I will just stop here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zacnical | 2/6/2009

    " Tough enough read. Really felt like giving up at times. Really enjoyed it at the start but it's just drags on and on... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 10/13/2008

    " This was not what I was expecting...but I think that was a good thing! Very strange in parts and I often had absolutely no inkling of what was going to happen next but this created a truly surprising and entertaining narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi Klaiber | 1/31/2008

    " After reading Jane Eyre, I was excited to read another book by Charlotte Bronte. I did not enjoy this book as much as Jane Eyre. It was much more difficult for me to relate to Lucy Snowe, and I just didn't like her as much :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Hailer | 1/3/2008

    " Soooooo slow going. I must have been 2/3 through the book before I started to enjoy it. I almost stopped reading it a hundred times. But in the end, it's one of my all-time favorites. "

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