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Jane Eyre

358 ratings

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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.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
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Jane Eyre

25 ratings

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The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

©2006 BBC Audiobooks (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection

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The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret. 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences. 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess. 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall. 'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811. 'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love. 'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love. Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie.  Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
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Jane Eyre

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Amanda Hale and Tom Burke star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, adapted by Rachel Joyce.

Orphan Jane learns at an early age that self-control is the surest means of retaining self-respect in adversity. It is a lesson that serves her well in the years ahead as she endures the misery of life with her cruel, uncaring aunt, followed by the harsh regime at Lowood Institution, a charity school for poor children.

After taking the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, she meets the master of the house, the brooding, enigmatic Edward Rochester, and finds herself falling in love with him. It seems as if happiness may finally be within her grasp - but a series of strange events leads her to believe that Rochester is concealing a dark secret. When the truth is revealed, the heartbroken Jane will need all her inner strength and resilience to face up to it....

Dramatised for radio by best-selling novelist Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry), this iconic love story stars Amanda Hale as Jane and Tom Burke as Rochester. Suffused with romance, passion, mystery and danger, it is a spellbinding tale that is as real and relevant today as when it was first published in 1847.

Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Jane Eyre [Naxos Edition]

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One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr. Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr. Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret, and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.

©2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Narrator: Amanda Root
Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
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Jane Eyre [French Version]

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Jane Eyre est un roman sur fond autobiographique écrit en 1847 par Charlotte Brontë, sœur d'Émily Brontë, l'auteur des Hauts de Hurlevent. Jane, orpheline recueillie par sa tante Mme Reed, est maltraitée puis envoyée à l'internat. À dix-huit ans, elle devient la préceptrice d'Adèle, pupille de M. Rochester. Commence alors une histoire d'amour impossible entre cet homme de quarante ans hanté par un lourd secret et Jane, qui finit par apprendre la vérité, et s'enfuit. Ce roman, qui met à mal le stéréotype de la femme victorienne - car ce n'est qu'une fois affranchie de la domination des hommes que l'héroïne pourra pleinement vivre sa vie et son amour - a connu un franc succès dès sa parution. C'est aujourd'hui un incontournable du patrimoine littéraire britannique.

©Domaine public (P)2012 Éditions Thélème

Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
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The Professor

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Exclusively from Audible The Professor is Charlotte Brontë's first novel albeit the last to have been published. Edited and distributed by Arthur Bell Nicholls, two years after Brontë's death, it is based on her experiences of living as a language student in Brussels. The only male narrator and protagonist in her stories, The Professor follows the career and love affairs of William Crimsworth, a reserved but compassionate aristocrat who has been ostracised by his family and left penniless. Well educated and eager to enthuse others, William becomes a teacher and leaves his scornful family behind to work at a boy's boarding school in Brussels. Unimpeded by his gender, unlike the female characters in her stories, Charlotte takes advantage of William's freedom to travel and delight in the pleasures of the opposite sex. Her hero becomes enamoured with the headmistress of a neighbouring girl's school and this tempestuous relationship is mirrored with the sweet and gentle bond he forges with pupil, Frances Henri. Described by Brontë herself as possessing more 'pith, more substance' and 'more reality' than Jane Eyre, this audiobook provides greater insight into the short life of the beloved author and reaffirms that her reputation as one of the greats of English Literature, is well deserved. Narrator Biography James Wilby trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later became an associate member of the institution. He is an English actor, celebrated for appearing in films such as Maurice, Gosford Park, Howard's End and A Room with a View. James' breakthrough performance was in the production of Privileged, in which he starred alongside Hugh Grant. This led to his being cast in the critically acclaimed Maurice, for which he won the Venice Film Festival's Best Actor award. His stage performances include Helping Harry, Don Juan, Less Than Kind, On Emotion and The Consultant. He starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival of John Osborne's A Patriot for Me, which was met with very favourable reviews. James has also worked on the making of various audiobooks and is widely considered to be one of the greatest voices of the British drama. His audio work includes Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind, Graham Greene's It's a Battlefield, Ian McEwan's Saturday and The Girl at the Lion D'Or by Sebastian Faulks.

©2005 BBC Audiobooks (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: James Wilby
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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Shirley

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Following the tremendous success of Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë returned to pen a novel every bit as romantic and compelling as her first, but with deeper, heartier themes as she captured the social and political currents of the newly industrialized United Kingdom of 1812. Set in a chaotic time in England, during the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Caroline Helstone's world is turned upside down when she meets the vivacious Shirley Keeldar. Shirley becomes a beacon of light for Caroline as the two become close friends. However, Caroline is soon shocked to discover that Shirley has won the affections of Robert Moore, the impoverished mill owner whom she loves. Fully representative of Yorkshire life at the time, Brontë's second novel is completely gripping, unrelenting and utterly wrenching in its portrayal.

Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Georgina Sutton
Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
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Villette

1 rating

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Brought to you by Penguin.    This Penguin Classic is performed by Charlotte Ritchie, best known for her roles as Oregon in Channel 4's Fresh Meat, Hannah in the BBC Three comedy Siblings, and as Barbara Gilbert in BBC drama Call the Midwife.    With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe, sets sail from England to find employment in a girls' boarding school in the small town of Villette. There she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, an initially suspicious headmaster and her own complex feelings, first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor Paul Emmanuel.  Drawing on her own deeply unhappy experiences as a governess in Brussels, Charlotte Brontë's last and most autobiographical novel is a powerfully moving study of isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
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The Letters of Charlotte Bronte

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The brief and tragic life of Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) is captured here in the beautiful letters she wrote to her best friend, Ellen Hussey, as she describes the long winter evenings spent in the bleak Haworth parsonage in the company of her sisters Emily and Anne. Having worked unhappily as a governess and lived abroad in Brussels, she returns to the moors, where she writes her most successful novel, Jane Eyre. She then enters the most tragic period of her life as her brother, Branwell, a vicious drunk, dies in September 1848, followed within 12 months by both of her sisters Emily and Anne. Charlotte then marries her father’s curate, only to die herself a few months later. The letters of Charlotte Bronte provide emotional insight into the wild, sad life and the beautiful character that grew out of it. In this production, Imogen Stubbs plays Charlotte.

©2010 Mr Punch (P)2010 The Copyright Group

Narrator: Imogen Stubbs
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
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Jane Eyre

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A young governess finds romance, mystery, and heartbreak when she accepts a position in the home of the brooding and arrogant Mr. Rochester.

Public Domain (P)?1996 / ?2019 Dove Audio / Phoenix Books

Narrator: Juliet Mills
Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
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Jane Eyre [French Version]

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C'est en 1847 que Charlotte, l'aînée des trois sœurs Brontë, publie Jane Eyre. Son succès est immédiat et immense. La petite orpheline, privée d'affection, élevée dans une institution pour adolescentes pauvres, entrant comme gouvernante au château de Thornfield, est en effet une des figures les plus fascinantes du roman romantique. Et Rochester, qu'elle aime et dont le destin la sépare, est sombre, sarcastique, le double du héros né de l'imagination de la sœur cadette, Emily, dans Les hauts de Hurlevent. L'amour et l'indépendance de la jeune fille, les préséances sociales et les revanches sur le passé, l'attirance pour les idéaux généreux, les messages de la passion triomphant du temps et de l'espace, les flammes de la folie, tels sont quelques-uns des thèmes qui se détachent sur un fond d'observation à la Dickens et qui sont emportés par un grand souffle romanesque.

© Garnier pour la traduction française© Musique : Sextuor n°1 / J. Brahms / Harmonia Mundi ; Sonate pour violoncelle et piano n°1 et 2 / Iserlis -Evans / Hyperion ; Sonate en la majeur D959 / Schubert / Michel Dalberto / Erato

Narrator: Fanny Ardant
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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Jane Eyre

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Brought to you by Penguin.   This Penguin Classic is performed by Anna Popplewell, best known for her leading role as Susan Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia films. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Stevie Davies.   Orphaned, Jane Eyre, grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she finds a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves?  A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre (1847), dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Anna Popplewell
Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
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Villette (Dramatised)

Summary

Catherine McCormack, Joseph Fiennes, and Harriet Walter star in this BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's last and most remarkable novel. Passion and perception run through this fascinating study of loneliness, love, and ultimate triumph over adversity.

©2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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Poets of Nature 2

Summary

Enjoy a deep woodland walk with these poets as your guide. Each poem has been carefully selected for its direct access to the heart of nature accompanied by the music of Beethoven, Debussy, and Grieg. This is the second book in this series.

©2019 BMA Audio (P)2019 BMA Audio

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Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

Summary

A fascinating collection of the Bronte Sisters’ most famous work. Offering poignant and eye-opening reflections on Victorian society, the works of Emily and Charlotte Bronte hold a special place in literary history and in the hearts of everyone who reads them. Deeply controversial in their time for their critical look at core parts of society - including religion, class, and the role of women - their work has transcended the 19th century to provide an often-forgotten glimpse into the struggles of the past. Now, over 150 years since their first publication, this collection brings two of their most famous books to modern listeners. Imbued with the same artful prose and gripping themes, this audiobook presents the Bronte Sisters’ classic books in an engaging audio format. Inside this collection, you’ll find: Wuthering Heights, a timeless classic which paints a stark picture of 19th-century England and challenges deeply held Victorian ideals Jane Eyre, one of the most influential and beloved romance novels of its time, which is credited with revolutionizing first-person writing Perfect for fans of classic literature, early female authors, and Victorian society, this collection is a must-listen for anyone who wants to know more about the Bronte Sisters and their legacy.

Public Domain (P)2020 Flâneur Media

Narrator: John York
Length: 30 hrs and 45 mins
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Jane Eyre (Adaptation)

Summary

Jane Eyre is alone in the world. Disliked by her aunt’s family, she is sent away to school. Here she learns that a young girl, with neither money nor family to support her, can expect little from the world. She survives, but she wants more from life than simply to survive: she wants respect, and love. When she goes to work for Mr Rochester, she hopes she has found both at once. But the sound of strange laughter, late at night, behind a locked door, warns her that her troubles are only beginning. An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Charlotte Bronté original by Clare West.

©1990 Oxford University Press (P)2008 Oxford University Press

Narrator: Ishia Bennison
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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Jane Eyre

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Attraction, desire and sex were not proper subjects for a 19th-century novel, and Charlotte Brontë's clear and open handling of all three in Jane Eyre was shocking, exciting and revolutionary. Jane Eyre - a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan - is abused by her aunt and cousins as a child; acquires role models during her education at Lowood Academy; becomes the governess of Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; spends time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End and Morton, where cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and is finally reunited with and marries her beloved Rochester at his house of Ferndean. Author Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) was born at Thornton, Yorkshire, to an Irish Anglican clergyman and his wife, Maria Branwell. When Charlotte was four, the family moved to the famed Parsonage at Haworth, which was to prove so influential in her and her siblings' writing. A year later, in 1921, her mother died of cancer, leaving five girls and a boy to be brought up by her sister, Elizabeth - 'Aunt Branwell'. She was the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters, whose novels have become standards of English literature.

Public Domain (P)2008 Silksoundbooks Limited

Narrator: Emily Woof
Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
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Jane Eyre

Summary

Sullo sfondo della brughiera battuta dai venti, una ragazza umile ma volitiva trova lavoro come istitutrice nella casa di un uomo aspro e malinconico. Tra di loro nascerà inaspettata una grande passione, che dovrà però fare i conti con un segreto scabroso. Un capolavoro di una modernità dirompente, un cult che continua ad affascinare generazione dopo generazione.

©2014 Neri Pozza Editore (P)2016 Emons Italia srl

Narrator: Alba Rohrwacher
Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
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12 Books to Read Before You Die, Volume 1

Summary

Sound interesting? The author thinks so too! Listen to 12 Books to Read Before You Die, Volume 1 and learn about these classic books:  Father Goriot - Honoré de Balzac The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll The Late Mattia Pascal - Luigi Pirandello Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne Call of the Wild - Jack London

©2020 La Gazza Edizioni (P)2020 La Gazza Edizioni

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