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Jane Eyre (The Classic Collection) [Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Charlotte Bronte , Susan Ericksen
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Book Description

May 25, 2005 1596009403 978-1596009400 Unabridged library
After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor. The moody Rochester, however, rebuffed her attempts to find out about the woman, and ordered her to keep quiet about strange noises she heard at night. One night in the garden, Edward Rochester embraced Jane and proposed marriage. But the quiet ceremony in the village church was shockingly halted by a stranger who claimed that Rochester was already married - to the raving maniac Jane had heard crying in the house. Grief-stricken, Jane left Thornfield, feeling that her life was over before it had really begun. But life had many surprises in store for our heroine, and among them there just might be a happily-ever-after.

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''At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte.'' --Virginia Woolf --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: The Classic Collection
  • Audio CD: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged library edition (May 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596009403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596009400
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,280,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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162 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only edition to buy August 28, 2006
Format:Paperback
This review is aimed more toward the Norton edition than to JANE EYRE. We all know this is a classic. Bronte was simply a genius and a harbinger of romantic, dramatic, gothic, and horror writing. (However, it still irks me that she couldn't end a simple sentence with a period. Every declarative statement, it seems, must be qualified with a colon or semi-colon. Oh well. Sign of the times.)

As for the Norton edition, it's the only one to buy. Bronte makes the assumption that you have read the Bible cover-to-cover a zillion times, and for those of us who have not read it through once, Norton's annotations are more than helpful---they're essential to understanding the novel's Christian allusions. This edition also provides the reader with critical essays, contexts of Bronte's life, Bronte's reactions to critics of her day, etc.

Bottom line: you can get the Dover Thrift edition for a couple bucks, but, if you are interested in giving this classic more than a cursory read, this edition is worth the extra money.
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355 of 398 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss out on this book... February 28, 2000
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You know all those 'classic' novels you read in high school? How many of them do you actually remember? Well, if Jane Eyre was one of those long-forgotten books, pick up a copy. To read it as an adult is a joy: it's a sweeping, disturbing, intense, thrilling, very romantic gothic love story, written in the voice of a very intense, almost claustrophobically self-aware young heroine. Jane is no Ophelia - she's a complicated, remarkable character, and a very strong female character in a genre that usually draws women as beautiful victims at best.

There's something for everyone in this book: Windswept castles, difficult and neurotic family members, dark secrets about tragic former lovers, good triumphing over evil, all that good juicy stuff that makes a great romantic story. What elevates Jane Eyre is Bronte's remarkable style & skill and her sharp and complex characterizations.

Trust me on this: If you don't remember it from your teens, you should give it a try now. Here is one novel that more than lives up to it's 'classic' status.
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492 of 556 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Among The Damned February 25, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Published in 1847, WUTHERING HEIGHTS was not well received by the reading public, many of whom condemned it as sordid, vulgar, and unnatural--and author Emily Bronte went to her grave in 1848 believing that her only novel was a failure. It was not until 1850, when WUTHERING HEIGHTS received a second printing with an introduction by Emily's sister Charlotte, that it attracted a wide readership. And from that point the reputation of the book has never looked back. Today it is widely recognized as one of the great novels of English literature.

Even so, WUTHERING HEIGHTS continues to divide readers. It is not a pretty love story; rather, it is swirling tale of largely unlikeable people caught up in obsessive love that turns to dark madness. It is cruel, violent, dark and brooding, and many people find it extremely unpleasant. And yet--it possesses a grandeur of language and design, a sense of tremendous pity and great loss that sets it apart from virtually every other novel written.

The novel is told in the form of an extended flashback. After a visit to his strange landlord, a newcomer to the area desires to know the history of the family--which he receives from Nelly Deans, a servant who introduces us to the Earnshaw family who once resided in the house known as Wuthering Heights. It was once a cheerful place, but Old Earnshaw adopted a "Gipsy" child who he named Heathcliff. And Catherine, daughter of the house, found in him the perfect companion: wild, rude, and as proud and cruel as she. But although Catherine loves him, even recognizes him as her soulmate, she cannot lower herself to marry so far below her social station. She instead marries another, and in so doing sets in motion an obsession that will destroy them all.
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129 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wuthering heights editions April 9, 2003
Format:Paperback
Rather than delve on the contents of this strangest and strongest of English novels, so intensely poetic in its haunting darkness and otherness, I'll comment briefly on the best editions available for a good first contact:

A) Text oriented editions (that is, editions with few materials added: normally an Introduction, annotation, and perhaps Charlotte's Peface and Biographical Notice and some bibliographical indications).

1. Oxford World's Classics: authoritative text, good annotation,
excellent introduction.

2. Penguin's Classics: same as above, everything looks a little shorter but is excellent nonetheless.

3. Wordsworth Classics edition. This would be a rather fine edition as befitting this collection, if it had a good 1847 text and not the heavily tampered-with Charlotte's 1850 edition. The text itself reflects accurately that of the 1900 Haworth Edition -a careful one-. The wording changes aren't perhaps so worrying nor is the toning-down of the dialectal tirades -although funny and useless-. What is worrying is the disappearance of more than six hundred paragrapph entries (I mean just the paragraphing, not the contents itself!), that makes for a different -and worse- reading experience. Very good and full -if brief- annotation. Mass-market, glued paperback.

4. Heather Glen's for Routledge. One of the finest text-oriented editions, especially for the excellent Introduction and Epilogue together with its good annotation, out-of-print for rather obscure reasons. If you find still a very good to fine copy at amazon Canadian branch (or at abebooks.com, it would be a good buy.

5. Orchises two-volume facsimile reprint of the 1847 edition. No notes nor any additional material. the books are well produced if a little expensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved how much I hated everyone
When I started this novel I didn't really like it that much, I was a little confused as to what was going on, whom was whom, and why I was even being told this tale. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Dan Harlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and great price
Excellent book. I have been waiting to read this for so long. It was very nice to find it on Amazon for free.
Published 1 day ago by M5eickhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great classic always a great read.
The governess in this story is the main character.
She works for a rich aristocrat. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ann
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The author was amazing at articulating scenes, interactions that helped you know the pain, the struggles, the gift of true friendship, the love & respect she came to know from... Read more
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Published 3 days ago by Denise Lareau
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Wonderful in every way! Why I never read this is beyond me, but finally I did. Now every other book I pick up suffers by comparison. Read more
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fascinating narrative, captivating and well written.
Published 4 days ago by David Njibamum
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, Great Literature.
Love this book....
Published 4 days ago by B. Ybarra
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can't resist a classic like this one
Who can't resist a classic like this one. Hopefully it will always be available for the pleasure of future générations. Loved it.
Published 4 days ago by MADMAX
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