With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls's boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings: first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel.
Villette, Charlotte Brontë's last and most autobiographical novel, is a powerfully moving look at isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.
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keep turning the pages until lucy crosses the channel ..
... and you will finally be hooked. and you will understand why george eliot liked it more than jane eyre.. if you take to this novel, you will want to re-read it all your life.
It's no Jane Eyre
The story line was pretty slow and after listening to Jane Eyre, I was anxious for another great novel; however I felt like it took about half of the book to really become engaged. Karen Cass on the other hand did a wonderful job narrating. Some reviewers give praises to a narrator who "does different voices" for the characters. I, on the other hand, believe that can get a little excentric and detract from the story. Cass executes poise and fluency in her speech while she differentiates between characters without distracting you from the plot. She also does an excellent French and Scottish accent as well as speaks French with a native-sounding tongue. A little pricy for an "okay" novel, but I am going to look for more Cass audiobooks! 5 stars for the narration, 2/3 for the book.