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  Library Journal Review

Everyone knows about poor Jane Eyre. First, her aunt (and guardian) dislikes her, her cousins abuse her, and not even the household servants have a kind word for her. Sent away to school, she soon finds herself out in the world, companion/governess in another unhappy household. Naturally, she falls in love with the morose Mr. Rochester. Happiness, unhappiness, conflicts, and drama, this classic Victorian Cinderella story has it all. Read by Thandie Newton in gentle, clear tones that perfectly express Jane's meek personality, this is a very charming performance. Other characters are equally well distinguished by accent and inflection. It is, however, only fair to note that there are a number of other recent recordings of Jane Eyre currently available and this does not include the (usually lower-quality) copyright-free readings. Warmly recommended for classic novel readers. VERDICT Definitely not an essential purchase for any library that already owns one of the other audio versions of Jane Eyre.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Ames, IA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

The Classical Comics series presents great literary works in multiple volumes, each written in text of varying simplicity to suit a wide range of readers' abilities and interests. This Original Text edition features the more challenging language of the two versions of Jane Eyre (the other being an abridged Quick Text), with sentences drawn directly from Brontë's classic novel. Words printed in bold indicate the rhythmic emphasis in each sentence and will help guide readers through the skillfully abbreviated text. Burns' artwork suffers somewhat in the fine detail; faces sometimes appear distorted in their lack of definition. The scenes' compositions are excellent, though, and Burns ably conveys the dramatic action and romance and even extends the story in wordless panels that portray the characters' thoughts. The extensive back matter includes a long prose biography of Brontë, a chronology of her life, a Brontë family tree, and an interesting spread describing how the dual graphic editions of this classic were created. A solid, accessible graphic adaptation of a novel that teens continue to read for pleasure as well as for assignment.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist
Summary
Introduction by Diane Johnson <br> Commentary by G. K. Chesterton, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Rigby, George Saintsbury, and Anthony Trollope <br> <br> Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read <br> <br> Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre erupted onto the English literary scene, immediately winning the devotion of many of the world's most renowned writers, including William Makepeace Thackeray, who declared it a work "of great genius." Widely regarded as a revolutionary novel, Brontë's masterpiece introduced the world to a radical new type of heroine, one whose defiant virtue and moral courage departed sharply from the more acquiescent and malleable female characters of the day. Passionate, dramatic, and surprisingly modern, Jane Eyre endures as one of the world's most beloved novels.<br> <br> Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide
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