Agnes Grey: Penguin Classics

Written by:
Anne Brontë
Narrated by:
Louise Brealey

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2020
8 hours 42 minutes
Brought to you by Penguin.

This Penguin Classic is performed by Louise Brealey, known for her roles in Sherlock, Clique and Death in Paradise. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Angeline Goreau.

When her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess in order to contribute to their meagre income and assert her independence. But Agnes's enthusiasm is swiftly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield children and then with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray family; the only kindness she receives comes from Mr Weston, the sober young curate. Drawing on her own experience, Anne Brontë's first novel offers a compelling personal perspective on the desperate position of unmarried, educated women for whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career open in Victorian society.

© Angeline Goreau, 1988, 2004 (P) Penguin Audio
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The story is simple and there is much introspection on the heroine's part. It is obvious from the start how the plot will evolve but the book is of its time and it is charming in its own way. The narration didn't do the text justice - I found the reader too hesitant with poor continuity, although she gained confidence as the story progressed

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