Jane Eyre is a young governess who takes up a position at Thornfield Hall. Before long, she and her employer, Edward Rochester, fall in love. But everything is not as it seems when strange events occur: a mysterious fire, a random attack and eerie noises sound from the top-floor of the country manor.
Charlotte Brontë's extraordinary novel is a coming-of-age story about one of the most enduring female characters of all time.
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It's impossible not to root for the heroine of this moody, gothic romance. Jane Eyre is a tenacious and independent woman striving to overcome the bleak circumstances of her childhood, which left her orphaned and unloved. Jane takes a job as governess in the household of Mr. Rochester, a hero as secretive as he is alluring. Both Mr. Rochester and the ghosts that seem to plague his house take an interest in Jane—and we held our breath as we watched her uncover the secrets surrounding her enigmatic employer.
Whether one treasures this classic piece of literature as an old companion or has no acquaintance with it at all, the listener is in for a treat. Reader Bentinck draws us at once into the trials assailing the orphaned and ill-treated 10-year-old Jane. Bentinck's soft voice, flawless rhythms, and cultured British accent are exactly what's needed to guide listeners through this heroine's wild history of tribulations and jubilations. She portrays men, women, and children of different classes quite convincingly, and illuminates a wide range of nuanced emotions as Jane encounters hunger and cruelty as well as tender friendships at school, then a world of anger, fear, defeat, humor, sarcasm, affection, and exaltation as teacher and governess. The remarkable plot, the carefully delineated characters, and Bentinck's acting facility make the journey an intriguing and memorable experience.