Jane Eyre (version 2)


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.9 stars; 1322 reviews)

Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre is narrated by the title character, an orphan who survives neglect and abuse to become a governess at the remote Thornfield Hall. She finds a kindred spirit in her employer, the mysterious and brooding Mr. Rochester, but he hides a terrible secret that threatens their chances of happiness. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) (18 hr 36 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 13:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 02 17:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 03 21:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 04 35:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 05 30:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 06 17:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 07 22:47 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 08 19:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 09 21:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 26:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 38:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 25:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 24:25 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 32:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 31:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 23:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 48:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 34:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 22:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 33:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 49:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 15:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 24:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 24 41:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 25 28:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 26 25:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 27 1:01:57 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 28 43:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 29 27:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 30 23:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 31 19:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 32 27:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 33 28:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 34 53:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 35 26:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 36 22:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 37 46:19 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 38 11:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

Tres Bon!

(5 stars)

This is the fifth or sixth novel I've listened to that was read by Elizabeth Klett. While I still prefer the tactile feeling of the printed page I must say that listening to Ms. Klett has been an eye-opener. The first and last work I listened to was John Irving's Garp which if I remember correctly was some twenty audio cassettes. I was underwhelmed. I don't think of Elizabeth Klett so much as a reader but rather as a performer who clearly deserves an Oscar or a Tony for her readings. In this particular novel she is indeed Jane Eyre come alive. Notice I have not said anything about her mastery of French pronunciation which if standing alone would be a bravura performance. I am in awe.

An absolute pleasure and delight!!

(5 stars)

I was searching for a classic I had not read or listened to, when I stumbled upon this book. I'd never heard Eliabeth Klett narrate a book before. I can honestly say, I don't think I've ever enjoyed a narrator more, save my childhood stories from loved ones. (And I have very much enjoyed another librovox regular, so this is high praise indeed!) Every character had a perfect accent and voice. I told my elderly parents about it and expressed that this was better than reading the book, because the voices were so vivid, it was like they were in the room with me. And yet it was better than a movie, because it held every word of the book. Thank you so much for your dedicated reading of this book. I look forward to searching for other books you have read to us!

Fantastic

(5 stars)

Jane Eyre is my favourite novel and I am British and a massive Bronte fan, so I would be highly critical of a sub standard version of this audio book. However, Ms Klett gave a fantastic performance. Her British accent is very authentic and her pace was perfect. Her understanding of all of the subtleties of the book shines through in the way it is presented so I cannot decide whether Miss Klett is an actress or a scholar of English Literature in her day job. She could be either...and it's interesting to speculate. The old slight inaccuracy was that her rustic South Yorkshire accent (Hannah) is decidedly very Irish - which was amusing but well done all the same. In conclusion Bravo Miss Klett and long may you volunteer. I have started to listen to Pride and Prejudice recently largely be

Good read

(4.5 stars)

Ms Klett's reading of this great classic is a pleasure to listen to. Her vocal adaptations to the characters she portrays is impeccable. Her enunciation is superb, and the flow of her narrative is very pleasing to the ear. The discerning listener will hear her American accent only when she announces the formalities of authorship, title, etc. It is quite remarkable how Ms Klett manages to assume a "British", and sometimes even Northumbrian accent! It is, however, regrettable, that she persists in giving an American pronunciation to at least two words that stand out in my mind: perSEverance instead of perseVERance, and INqueries instead of enQUIries. On all other accounts, though, her pronunciation is faultless.

Good book but why the fake accent?

(3 stars)

I would like to preface this with point that I thought the quality of the recording and the consistency as very good and like the story already. For some reason, however, the reader has taken it upon herself to do the entire reading in a weird fake British accent. As a British person it's very off putting to listen to, so much that I had to stop barely a quarter through listening and I would have much preferred hearing the entire recording in the readers true voice which from being able to hear it in the various chapter intros ect is much nicer to listen to then the adopted one.

Good Version and Thought Provoking Story

(4 stars)

Ms. Klett performs wonderfully again; every reading from her has had me entranced in a way a physical book will never have. I have always understood older books better in audio; Jane Eyre is no exception. The characters and their relationships are believably human, the plot is more dramatic because of the gothic genre, and the tone seems rather subdued compared to Austen and Dickens (etc). All together these varying literary aspects make the story unique and unlike others in its era. Only 4 stars because I felt the themes were weak. Themes are harder to convey in a narrative but Bronte could have done a better job weaving them in.

Exceptionally well read an beautifully written!

(5 stars)

I can't recommend this reader enough. She breathes life into Jane and all the other characters. The best reader I've heard on LibriVox. Many kudos to her. Jane Eyre is written vividly and unexpectedly draws the reader in as though we are living in her world. The story sweeps us away on a train of beautiful prose. A desperate loneliness shines through the descriptions of Jane's life. All the makings of a formulaic romance are present in this novel. It begs to wonder if Emily Bronte set the standard for a classic romance here. Much recommended for anyone.

Great narrator who IS Jane Eyre

(5 stars)

I tried to read a "Jane Eyre" novel few times but somehow couldn't get through first few pages. When I found it here on the LibriVox I decided to give it a final chance. I was caught in the story from the very beginning and that's thanks to excellent reading. That and first person narration of the story makes you feel like you actually listen to real memories told you by young governess Jane. Voice choice is excellent, and all parts of different characters are read distinctly different but without getting it overdone. I fully recommend this version.