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This audiobook is an excellent example that one should listen to the excerpt BEFORE buying it.
Unfortunately, I forgot to do so this time and was disappointed to hear that the reader read in American English. Not that there is anything wrong with American English as such, but it is incongruous with this very British novel. What's worse is that the French sounds decidedly strange and the German is completely unintelligible. I teach German and therefore have a fairly good tolerance of strange pronunciation of the German language. So, it is fairly bad if even I cannot decipher the German being spoken by Diana and Mary Rivers.
Of course, the book is mainly in English, but it does not reflect well on the publisher of this audiobook that they were unable to choose a reader who was able to pronounce the foreign languages used in the book. In the same vein, 'Jane Eyre' is a novel full of different dialects and sociolects. A British reader would probably have been able to give each of these characters their own unique sound. This diversity is sadly entirely lacking in this version.
In short, beware of buying this audiobook. Buy it, at your own peril.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I too forgot to listen to the clip of this before buying. I agree, the French and German is so badly read as to be virtually impossbible to understand, even though I speak both. The recording is of poor quality and I had to force myself to listen to it. A great shame, as this has spoilt one of my favourite books of all time.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Although written over 150 years ago (first published in 1847), this is a timeless story of triumph, love, and strength of character that is at once captivating and heart wrenching in its poignant portrayal of the life of it's heroine Jane Eyre. The English language being much different now as it was then there are times that it is difficult to follow what is being said, however, I think that this is where the audible format makes it possible to finally enjoy stories like this for those of us who would like to be so intellectual as to actually READ a classic like Jane Eyre but who find the written account of it a bit dull. Nay, dear reader, you will not, I daresay, find this book by any means dull if you appreciate a well written book and a good story. I sampled the various readers of Jane Eyre before choosing this one and I also feel that I picked the best one even though she didn't have an English accent--I thought she did a fantastic job of it.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
I was so sad when this book finally came to an end.
It was a wonderful experience and made the long drives that I take for my job just fly by. I may make this a once a year listen. It's that good.
The reading was very good, as well.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful