Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Narrator: Thandie Newton
Length: 19 hrs 10 min
It has been 10 years since I have read this classic romance and it was just as enjoyable as I remember. We follow Jane through her childhood as an orphan, to her days as a governess at Thornfield Hall, to her experience with love and loss, and in finding her lost family.
Charlotte Bronte weaves the tale of Jane’s life and how it has made her a humble woman. I really enjoyed seeing the growth in Jane’s character. She goes from an orphan who desperately craves love to a strong independent woman who understands hard work and dedication. I appreciated the fact that she was able to return to her aunt’s house and try to mend the fences between them. It made her a better person. I loved that when she realized the truth of her relationship with Mr. Rochester she doesn’t allow herself to be pushed into an indecent position. She boldly refuses and leaves Thornfield with no employment lined up. It was bold and slightly foolish but I liked that she doesn’t bend. She knows her own mind and refuses to be trapped.
My only issue was the French sections in this book. As I was listening to the audiobook, I couldn’t actually look up what was being said. So I lost a lot of the conversation in the middle of the book with Adèle. It didn’t ruin the book for me but it was a minor annoyance.
The narrator, Thandie Newton, did an amazing job on this narration. She easily brought Jane to life and infused her story with a lot of emotion. She does a good job with the voices of the other characters in the story as well. I was never confused as to who was speaking and each voice was different.
Overall, this was a very good classic romance. If you enjoy classics, I would highly recommend this book.