Library Ed. ISIS Audio Books 2007
CS ISBN 978-0-7531-3732-1 $117.95 Twenty-two cassettes
CD ISBN 978-0-7531-2698-1 $139.95 Twenty-four CDs
Performances like this solidify the notion that much of classic literature translates beautifully to audio. Brontë's rich language and multi-layered plot fairly sing in the care of talented narrator Anna Bentinck, whose clear tones enliven each character, no matter how small his or her role. With an added lilt, a quickened pace, or an altered enunciation, Bentinck moves gracefully from one character to another and makes any bit of narration sparkle. Words that might seem stilted or stuffy on the page become as energetic as the social interactions of Brontë's Yorkshire. Growing industrialization is juxtaposed with relationship woes as the title character yearns for love. All in all, this audiobook is full of plot twists and memorable characters. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
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