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"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 Thandie 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 Thandie 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-04-21

Perfect!!

I could not stop listening, even when I should have been asleep. I read Jane Eyre as a teenager and found the story painfully romantic even though extremely tedious. I had mostly forgotten about it, but hearing Rosamund Pike read Pride and Prejudice (another absolutely perfect performance) prompted me to explore other classics that I struggled with in book form.

Thandie Newton enthralled me! I could swear that I too was living the story. She gave this book the timelessness it deserves! I will definitely keep this audiobook set aside for my future daughters and the young women I influence. Jane Eyre herself inspired in me greater self respect and love. What a wonderful character!

DO NOT HESITATE TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK!!
I have listened to quite a few audible books so far and I think this is the first one that had me insatiable. I could not stop listening!!

55 of 57 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 2016-04-19

Superb Narration of a Fantastic Book!

This is the third version of "Jane Eyre" I have, the other two narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Emma Messenger, and I can say without a doubt in my mind that Thandie Newton makes this the best listen of them all. Her accents are impeccable, her ability to convey drama and emotion is sublime, the fact that she can carry off Jane as a child and then move on to Jane as a young woman is astounding and glorious to listen to.
We're treated to the four separate lives of a truly remarkable literary character: Jane as an easily ruffled and sometimes histrionic child, Jane as a smooth yet lovelorn governess at Thornfield Hall, Jane as a content yet suddenly challenged young woman at Moor House, and finally, Jane in her final life, the life the story has been building to, the life she was destined to lead. And Ms. Newton handles each situation, each character therein with perfect ease and grace.
The only, oh so minor, difficulty I had with her performance was that Mr. Rochester was a tad growly. But then again, the man is a tad growly, a tad crotchety and challenging. But she carried off his bouts of passion, his deadpan humor, his utter earnestness, so very well that I was totally swept away.
Nineteen hours go by quickly if you're utterly absorbed by a fantastic story with a character who has such a brilliant character arc. I was honestly and truly sad to hear those words: "Audible hopes you enjoyed..."
But, boy, was I tremendously satisfied! I can't recommend this version of the inimitable "Jane Eyre" highly enough. Charlotte Bronte had a lot to say, and she said it very, very well!

88 of 98 people found this review helpful

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  • Tangled
  • Kennebunkport, Me, United States
  • 2016-04-25

A truly Epic performance

I listen to hundreds of books each year, and read even more.

Rarely have I enjoyed a book more. This was not a reading, but a masterful performance.

I have read the book countless times, and listened to several other readings, but listening to this narration was even better than reading it for the first time.

It sounded as if a very talented actress was giving voice to her favorite story of all time, not for money, but for love.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016-05-20

WONDERFUL NOVEL...FANTASTIC NARRATION!

I thought I was an Emily gal...Wuthering Heights has always been my go-to book for English romanticism. Because I love Wuthering Heights so much, I never read Jane Eyre...until now.

This book is so beautifully written, so deep in its emotions, so raw in its power...I want to start on page 1 and read it again. You know the story: Jane is a badly treated orphan. She rises from this abusive childhood to become an educated and caring young woman who finds true love, only to be dashed in her hopes of marrying him due to a mysterious secret of his past. Jane is forced to forge a new life but her soulmate, Mr. Rochester, is never far from her heart. Eventually, she finds her way back to him. He is now a damaged figure but has never forsaken his love for her.

This novel is beset with hardship but it is romantic and hopeful.

Thandie Newton does a PHENOMENAL job narrating this story. Her characters are clearly delineated, the voicing is pure and easy to understand. She is a treasure as a narrator!

I loved her narration...just as I loved this book!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • PharmGirl
  • 2016-05-09

Absolutely the Best!

Thandie Newton brings this book to life. I have always loved this book and have read it many times, but Ms. Newton's performance is a masterpiece. I noticed things in her reading of this book that I had never paid attention to before. Truly she made a beautiful book even better. I can't wait to listen to this again and share it with my friends.
I am so grateful to Ms. Newton for narrating this classic. Her performance is itself a work of art. This is definitely a must listen.

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  • Christiane
  • 2016-12-03

Extraordinary narration!

Probably the finest example of why I believe audiobooks have made me a better reader. The narrator's timing , accents, and emotion are perfect. This book truly came alive for me.

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  • Astrid
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 2016-12-09

Thandie Newton is amazing

What made the experience of listening to Jane Eyre the most enjoyable?

I'm only a few hours in, but I must say that I love Thandie Newton's reading. She has such a lovely, clear voice and her character voices are just wonderful.

What did you like best about this story?

Everyone has read Jane Eyre...I've read it several times. Listening to it brings to the fore the parts that the actor finds most interesting and important. It's like reading it with fresh eyes.

What does Thandie Newton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's a fabulous reader--I'll be looking for other audio books that she's read.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Lies and loss and the love that overcomes it all." Ugh. I guess there's a reason I don't write tag lines....and, really, does Jane Eyre need it?!

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  • Mike Campbell
  • Greenville, SC USA
  • 2016-12-03

classic story, faultless read

Thandie Newton's reading of this book is near faultless. She has to be ranked among the first order of readers. And I have read/listened to quite a number over the years. The story itself is a classic and deservedly so.

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  • Margaret
  • 2016-06-18

A truly moving literary experience

Jane Eyre is a timeless classic of English literature and there is nothing I could add to what has been said about it since its publication 170 years ago. The character, especially the heroine, come to life with this narration. Anyone who loves a great story will enjoy this audiobook.

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  • Janie
  • 2016-05-02

Thandie Newton was amazing

The book, of course, is beyond wonderful, but this version read by Thandie Newton, was breathtaking. The nuances that she added to her performance gave it a whole new perspective. I loved it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful