Charlotte Brontë

  • by Claire Harman
  • Narrated by Claire Harman
  • 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Charlotte Brontë: A Life, written and read by Claire Harman.
Raised motherless on remote Yorkshire moors, watching five beloved siblings sicken and die, haunted by unrequited love: Charlotte Brontë's life has all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels it inspired.
Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium.
In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential. This is the definitive biography of one of Britain's best loved writers.


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Customer Reviews

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Charlotte Bronte's true memoir

I thought Claire Harman's portrayal of Charlotte brought fresh new insight into the main protagonist. Through her characterisation I was able to understand and empathize with Charlotte with clearer insight.

Very sincere narration enabling me to 'want to keep listening' all the way through.


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- a.hopewell


What did you like most about Charlotte Brontë?

The revealing information about how she and her siblings lived and coped. People often ask how they could write so imaginatively when so remote - but I think this book shows they had to make up a life for themselves to keep going

What other book might you compare Charlotte Brontë to, and why?

None at present

Did the narration match the pace of the story?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Charlotte came back to Howarth after both Emily and then Ann had died - and the house seemed so lonely. Prior to that I was distressed at the violent side of Emily when she attacked their dog Awful

Any additional comments?

I did not like the way the narrator spoke - in a 'sticky' way so you could hear her lips sticking together Have always hated this!

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- Mrs. S. E. Binns

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-10-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd