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Maybe it would be more useful once you're well into the book or when you finish it. I wouldn't want to spoil or bias your own experience! Would you like to keep us posted on your progress and questions?
But I don't want to hype it up too much you might find the language and writing style a bit difficult to get into at first. Persevere and you will soon be in full flow.
I just loved the banter between Mr Rochester and Jane.
But look out for that Grace Poole! All is not what it seems.
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The recording of Jane Eyre by Libri-Vox is here:
You probably want the MP3 version, unless you have software to allow you to play Ogg Vorbis or other versons.
I liked Jane Eyre a lot. Have fun!
It has always annoyed the daylights out of me. I'm not sure if it's the writing or the conventions of the time but reading it always leaves me cranky. Even Sharon Shinn's reworking in a SF setting (Jenna Starborn) didn't make a difference. Mostly it's the aspect of women (and men) having no control over their own lives that bugs me the most and this story has that many times over.
It has always annoyed the daylights out of me. I'm not sure if it's the writing or the conventions of the time but reading it always leaves me cranky.
So does that mean that you can't stand most 19th century fiction? I think you could use that description for a lot of it. Or is there something specific about Jane Eyre that you find pernicious?
I liked Jane Eyre, but I can see why others wouldn't. I don't think the Brontes speak to the current reader very well. To enjoy them, I think the reader has to ignore modern expectations. While more happens in the Bronte's books, I think Jane Austen remains more relevant to today's reader. My opinion, yours may differ.
Edited to correct silly spelling error.
Then, when I finished I realized that I loved it- weird, I know! I love the questions it made me think about- please update me on your progress, I would love to talk about the book!
Obviously it's a story that speaks to many others, otherwise it wouldn't be as loved as it is :)
Reading it again, 15 years later, it is one of my absolute favourites!
I read JE when I was fourteen, and I've read it over twenty times. Sometimes I'd read it and flip back to the beginning and start the book all over again. It is about time to read it again, in fact. Whee!
In a speech class in college, we had actual show-and-tell (ha!) to warm us up to the idea of speaking in front of other people, and I brought in the old, ragged copy of Jane Eyre that my mother bought me way back in 1990. I probably bored my classmates silly gushing over a classic novel, but I scored major points with my instructor. I'm a great apple polisher.