Penguin Classics presents Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley, adapted for audio and now available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Juliet Stevenson.
Alas, Experience! No other mentor has so wasted and frozen a face as yours: none wears a robe so black; none bears a rod so heavy....
Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline, who, bored and desperate, lives as a dependent in her uncle’s home with no prospect of a career. Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert’s brother, an impoverished tutor - a match opposed by her family. As industrial unrest builds to a potentially fatal pitch, can the four be reconciled?
Afforable, collectable, quality production - perfect for on-the-go listening.
What members say
- J. Johnson
definitely worth getting the full version
I started with this shorter version mainly because of the narrator but as soon as this ended, I grabbed the full version. It makes much more sense and the characters are more developed. This was not bad by any means, but the full version is better.
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Surprisingly feisty heroine
Interesting story, unexpected outcomes. Not quite up to Jane Eyre, but much better than anticipated.
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