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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: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Hailed as Charlotte Brontë's finest novel by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck's school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love - twice - and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time. Download and start listening now!

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

    " I have a real problem rating some books that I appreciate without necessarily enjoying. Villette falls into this category. Bronte makes good and innovative use of a heroine, who, in suppressing her feelings, becomes an unreliable narrator. As a character study of determination in the face of loneliness and disappointment the novel works; as a description of the vulnerability of a single working woman in a nineteenth century foreign environment, it is without doubt, very accurate. As a well-structured dramatic novel with engaging characters and interesting plot, it falls down in my eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mara Gaulzetti | 1/29/2014

    " I'm reading this on my Kindle along with a few other books. I like this book because of all the French language in it, but sometimes the descriptions are overly ornate and long and frankly boring. Overall it is a good read, teehee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlee Naylor | 1/27/2014

    " I thought this book started out slow and then picked up about halfway through the book. I loved the second half of the book. I loved the characters and the surprises. A lovely book. Interesting ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/26/2014

    " Readers of Jane Eyre might prefer the former to this book. Villette has some interesting characters and a lot of dialogue in French. The text sometimes feels rambling and meandering in plot. I enjoyed this book, but it made me want to read Jane Eyre again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 1/25/2014

    " My favorite from all the Brontes; I think this is Charlotte's triumph. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Penny | 1/25/2014

    " Gave me a chance to refresh a bit of French. A good novel for rainy days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/15/2014

    " I like the book so far, except for all of the parts in French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/14/2014

    " Really quite good. My professor described it as Jane Eyre on crack, which seems apt. A very emotionally charged book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Yates | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting read but a bit grim. Lucy Snowe is a great character - very stoic and independent for the time. Descriptions quite florid in places. Found some characters very irritating, probably because I can't switch off my modern eye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette Edens | 12/21/2013

    " Very similar to Jane Eyre, only this one has no happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 12/1/2013

    " What a good read, have never read a book like this one. Absolutely unique "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K. | 9/22/2013

    " Charlotte Bronte flung it at me, I grasped and at first I had a good hold but alas, I lost grip and Villette fell, forever lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Harris | 9/19/2013

    " A wonderful book well worth taking the time to read :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harmony Ingraham | 8/24/2013

    " If you don't know French, you may miss a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paddington | 5/11/2013

    " Rather cumbersome to read. I was not as engaged as with her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 January Bodlovic | 11/11/2012

    " It's a great book, quite long but worth it. However, to me this novel is not better than Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/20/2012

    " my favorite Bronte book, the one almost no one has heard of....the despair and hope were riveting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan Cooper | 4/2/2012

    " I found this book quite engaging at the beginning of reading it but then it slowed down. I think I may pick this book up again in the near future and will eventually finish it but until then I give it a two star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/24/2012

    " Overblown and Romantic(capital 'R'); that said, if you skip the pages of hysterical description and feelings, a pretty good lil story. It's no Jane Eyre, but then, what is? "

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