Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.
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I am glad that I committed myself to listening to the whole of Jane Eyre, as I find it incredibly difficult to get through prolix, tedious chunks of text that are so typical of literature from this period, and I find audiobooks a great solution to the limits that come with dyslexia.
Jane Eyre is obviously regarded as a classic for good reason, and indeed between evocative descriptions and characterisations, high tension and emotional stakes, it is easy to see why, and I certainly see listening to Brontë's work as time well-spent.
I don't know if I'll be reading/listening to any more of Brontë's works, as I don't think hers is a style I get along with, nor am I particularly understanding of her taste in men.
While her English accent isn't awful, it sounds very forced and her slips into American pronunciation here and there are very jarring. What's more, the portions read in French belie a lack of experience with the language that is pretty hard to overlook. But what I really don't like about the performance is that the tone often feels completely wrong, with the emphasis on certain parts seeming very unnatural and failing to convey the real emotions of the characters at all accurately. I'd put this down to the distraction of having to put on an English accent, but it often feels like the narrator has misjudged the tone and flow of the text before she launches into it.
I think Jane Eyre is absolutely worth reading/listening to, but I probably would not recommend this particular audiobook.