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Jane Eyre

Written by: Charlotte Brontë
Narrated by: Thandiwe Newton
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Publisher's Summary

"I think the reason we're so struck by [Jane Eyre] is how Charlotte Brontë manages to relate, expertly, what it means to be a human being...and that never changes." (Narrator Thandiwe Newton) 

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety. Performing the early Victorian novel with great care and respect, actress Thandiwe Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness) draws out Jane Eyre's intimacy and depth while conveying how truly progressive Brontë was in an era of extreme restraint. 

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What the critics say

"Narrator Thandie Newton gives a delightful performance of this beloved classic. She delivers the voice of Jane from childhood to adulthood with elegant conviction, breezing through the dense sentences as if they were part of a contemporary novel." (AudioFile)

"[Thandie Newton’s] taut British diction makes a one-woman play out of the orphan girl’s love story, which starts out with all the young-adult tropes - the poor, good-hearted child abused by the spoiled, wealthy boy and his classist keepers, each distinguished by his or her own idiosyncratic cadence - but progresses into what many consider the prototypical Victorian novel. Written in 1847, not long before the start of the American Civil War, the novel makes repeated comparisons between Jane’s captivity, as an impoverished girl in a rich family’s home, and slavery. Newton’s exasperated and aptly melodramatic delivery of Jane’s accusation that her cruel stepbrother is 'like a slave-driver' is a knowing contemporary wink at this timeless yet dated classic." (The New York Times Book Review)

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A Love Like Never Before ....

I've read and watched this Charlotte Brönte book in several different editions and movies. it never bored me. This time I listened to it through Audibles, narrated by Thandi Newton. I loved it. Ms Newton is a true actress through her voiced performances. She made this amazing book come alive through painting the characters in their different accents and delicate nuances. She has done a superb job, accolades to her.
I know I will listen to this book again and again and will always discover new shades in the characters through Ms Thandi's personification. A job very well done!

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Charlotte Bronte & Thandie Newton, a winning pair

I knew this was going to be a good listen and I was not disappointed. This classic was brought to life by this fantastic actor. I honestly forgot all of these characters were being done by one person. Bravo Thandie! And thank you Charlotte!

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A Gorgeous Reading

This enduring novel was made alive by the Ms. Newton. I'd reccomend this audiobook to anyone interested in Jane Eyre or any of the Brontë books.

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A lovely story well-narrated

Thandie Newton is an amazing reader. Her accents of the servants are truly marvelous.

I should admit that I did not find the story especially gripping, which may be why it took me over two months to drift through it. It is slow moving, with long conversations, and to me does not really have a high point. Still, it’s worth a read.

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A Fully Realized Performance

This is much more than an accomplished reading. The marvelous Thandie Newton single-handedly creates a full dramatic performance of the novel. The range and depth of her characterizations are simply astonishing. Even the most minor chaeacters are completely individualized. The two protagonists are brought to life so compellingly, they are fully present to the imagination. I don't believe you could find a better "reading "of Jane Eyre than this.

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A classic novel, wonderfully performed

I already knew this novel was a very well regarded classic and was prepared to enjoy it from the start, but Mrs Newton’s reading was an unexpected gift. It is a superb performance; she brings to life each character and setting, and made this listening experience twice as enjoyable as I could have expected. A true classic, masterfully executed, a true pleasure to spend time with both.

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struggled to finish.

The narration was amazing, but I found myself struggling to finish. I was very uninterested in the story and I was rolling my eyes most of the time. I have read quite a few books from this period, some that are in my top favorite reads, but this is by far the worst of the bunch. Jane is just SO annoying and naive. Just glad that it's done so I can cross it off my list.

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Most beautifully read.

I have listened to a previous reading of this amazing love story. Thandie Newton gives it another layer of drama and emotions. I'm thankful #Audible1 gives us many options for a book.

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Beautifully Read Classic

Such a wonderfully emotive narrator reading one of my favourite classics with a happy ending. Would highly recommend this one! #Audible1

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Best Version Ever!

Thandie Newton has such a talent to provide multiple accents and skills! She has redone an old classic in a wonderful way. This is definitely among my favourite versions of Jane Eyre.

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