Jane Eyre

  • by Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by Amanda Hale, Tom Burke
  • 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Wonderful leads

This is a short adaptation but it works because the script and the two leads are excellent. Amanda Hale is superb as Jane and Tom Burke is a wonderful Rochester. Because they are both so good, I wish more of the exchanges between Jane and Rochester from the book had been included, however the big exchanges are there and although everything is radically cut back, enough remains to be true to the original. The script generally reminded me a bit of the Ruth Wilson/Toby Stephens TV version, only with a post 'wedding' scene closer to the original.

Probably no adaptation of such a favourite novel can be 100% to my liking, and I find the music in this one intensely annoying. The performances are well able to carry the story and the emotion that goes with it, they don't need wailing violins to constantly support what they're doing and I found them intrusive and distracting.
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- M. Lindley-Thompson


If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

There is too much Narration throughout & far too much of the plot left out which leaves me rather cold. I prefer full drama with as much near to the full plot as possible, for me that is warmth.

What other book might you compare Jane Eyre to, and why?

The reason I wanted this apart from the Jane Eryre story which I like and have read and watched in many versions and enjoyed, was for the actress Amanda Hale a favourite of mine whom I have enjoyed viewing in many wonderful films and television work. Amanda is diverse and works hard to bring out each character in what ever it is she is doing. She is very good in this production, which is the ONLY reason why I could tolerate listening to the end. This version reminded me of 'Villette' a story which fits perfectly into the narrated style along with the included drama.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the scenes when Jane is with her cousins. Her character is more solid and we see Jane for who she is, her true self and she holds herself well against the lunatic male cousin who lives in a fantasy world with his God and takes it upon himself that "He' wants Jane to be 'His' wife & go to India" with him because this is what 'He' wants. He then attemps to morally & emotionally blackmail the girl like some which hunt.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Both actors Amanda Hale & Tom Burke are good professionals whose works I enjoy in other genres on TV & radio. I can see that this narrated version of Jane Erye will appeal to those who appreciate narrated style of work, it is still good.

Any additional comments?

I will probably listen to this again on a day when I am in the right mood to listen to this style. The play is well produced with a kind subtleness which suits the Jane Erye theme. I do like variations of literature, but must be in the right mood. I prefer to be as near to the original work as possible when it comes to drama.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2016
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.