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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Review
Gr 5-7-The opening spreads in these retellings introduce main characters through short descriptions accompanied by small portraits. Colored-pencil illustrations scattered throughout the narratives take the place of lengthy descriptions in the original works. Tavner carefully re-creates the original plots and characters as well as the authors' styles. Editor's notes provide background information on the stories and explain the process of retelling a classic, which includes omitting some subplots and details, combining some events, and changing dialogue to allow ease in reading. Short lists of related movies and discussions of themes and style will spark interest in the originals. Clarifying the plot and character interactions, these retellings are good introductions to the novels.-Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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
Horn Book Review
Plot point follows plot point in these fast-paced adaptations. With scant space allotted for character development or setting, the tales seem to be little more than a collection of elaborate coincidences. Jane Eyre holds up best. Les Miserables is simply too large for such a brief treatment, and Martin's propensity for choppy sentences makes a hash of Oliver Twist. [Review covers these Stepping Stone Book Classic titles: Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and Les Miserables.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Grandes clásicos de la literatura universal.