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Drawing heavily from personal experience, Anne Brontë wrote Agnes Grey in an effort to represent the many 19th Century women who worked as governesses and suffered daily abuse as a result of their position.

Having lost the family savings on risky investments, Richard Grey removes himself from family life and suffers a bout of depression. Feeling helpless and frustrated, his youngest daughter, Agnes, applies for a job as a governess to the children of a wealthy, upper-class, English family.

Ecstatic at the thought that she has finally gained control and freedom over her own life, Agnes arrives at the Bloomfield mansion armed with confidence and purpose. The cruelty with which the family treat her however, slowly but surely strips the heroine of all dignity and belief in humanity.

A tale of female bravery in the face of isolation and subjugation, Agnes Grey is a masterpiece claimed by Irish writer, George Moore, to be possessed of all the qualities and style of a Jane Austen title. Its simple prosaic style propels the narrative forward in a gentle yet rhythmic manner which continuously leaves the listener wanting to know more.

Anne Brontë, the somewhat lesser known sister, was in fact the first to finish and publish Agnes Grey under the pseudonym of Acton Bell. Charlotte and Emily followed shortly after with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

As Anne passed away from what is now known to be pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of just 29, she only published one further title; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. As feminist in nature as Agnes Grey, Anne's brave voice resonates and permeates during one of the most prejudiced and patriarchal times of English history.

Narrator Biography

Emilia Fox is an English stage, film and TV actress, best known for playing the role of Dr Nikki Alexander on the BBC's crime drama Silent Witness. Having been involved in the programme since 2004, she is now its longest serving cast member.

Her other credits include Merlin, Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca, and her theatre background includes performances of The Cherry Orchard with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Emilia has also starred alongside Adrien Brody in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, beside Billie Piper and Dougray Scott in Things to Do Before You're 30 and with Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas in Keeping Mum.

She has voiced many audiobooks for Audible, including Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus and Victoria Hislop's The Island.

©2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kerry
  • 22/05/2010

Loved it

I loved Agnes Grey. Agnes is a young woman of incredible character, and her integrity, patience, prudence, forbearance, self-control, humility, forgiveness, tenderness, and compassion are to be admired. It is so important to read about people one would want to emulate and would aspire to be like, and Agnes Grey is one such person. The comparisons and contrasts between all of the book's characters was an insight into humankind, as well. And, the ending...

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Diana
  • 13/05/2011

I love anything Bronte

Agnes Grey read by Emilia Fox is charming and engaging if not predictable (but who cares its a Bronte!). I thought the narrators voice was angelic and perfect for the meandering mind of the protagonist. I feel that I go back in time, that these audio books of stories from that century, make me feel like I am in my own time ship. The verses, the words used at that time, make English a beautiful language to me again. I love listening to the story but also enjoy the poetic verses that are throughout the book. IA lovely listen.

12 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Darrell M.
  • 27/04/2015

Old recording of a classic story

In addition to Performance and Story, I wish there was an additional measure which these recordings could be graded: Quality.

Audio quality was good enough. Original "do overs" by the reader were barely noticeable, which is better than many audio books.

One edit I wish was made was removal of "this is the end is side x," obvious marks of older media technology.

There was a low frequency rumble throughout. I listened with ear buds on a cloudy day and kept pausing, thinking a storm was rolling in.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • M. Y. L.
  • 26/04/2016

Tame but good

After listening to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, I found Agnes Grey tame by comparison. However, I enjoyed Anne Bronte's quiet and thoughtful story of a level-headed woman who makes her way in the world with poise and grace.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joey
  • 30/07/2010

Excellent listen

The Bronte sisters sure did know what they were about!!! I doubt I would have picked this book up at a bookstore and by not doing so would have missed a chance to a wonderful story. While somewhat predictable, it never the less compelles the listener to complete the story. Wonderfully written and read.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Carole T.
  • 17/06/2012

The Unknown Bronte

Anne is often overlooked among the Bronte family, and this book shows why. It's hard to overlook the martyred tone. I read this for a book club and might not otherwise have finished it. If you can overlook the unpleasant heroine, there is some wonderful description in the writing.
I'd recommend this mostly for people wanting the entire Bronte experience. Anne is much better represented by "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall".

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Suzie
  • 12/02/2019

insight into life for women in early 19th century

I've been wanting to read the Brontë's works since the fabulous movie about them, To Walk Invisible. After reading about how overlooked Anne Brontë has been, I was especially interested to give Agnes Grey a chance. It certainly doesn't have the drama of the more famous Brontë novels, but it was an interesting read nonetheless. As a history nerd, I appreciated the insight it gave into what life was like both for governesses in the early(ish) 1800s as well as upper class women and children and even lower class people. I felt like it gave a more realistic look at daily life than most novels I've read. It does have some beautiful passages and really sweet lines, even if parts of it feel very Victorian in morality and plain in terms of the writing. The love story is sweet and I found Agnes's anxiety and shyness quite relatable. Overall, worth a read for classic lit fans and Emilia Fox had a very pleasant voice.

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  • Generale
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  • Sally Kalal
  • 03/11/2021

The best work if all the sisters!

I laughed aloud a number of times, and completely loved descriptions of the children and how awful they could be. I rooted for Mr. Qrston from the get go

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Heidi
  • 17/03/2021

Richer for having read...

Plenty of pastimes gobble up hours leaving nothing of lasting or even temporary value for the portions of life bequeathed them. “Agnes Grey” is not one of them. The hours I have spent in the company of Anne Bronte leave me feeling comforted, enriched and strengthened. This is a book that gives more than a entertaining diversion. In fact, I would say, to call it such would be a grave misuse. Rather like clapping or hooting in church. This work is enriching, and definitely worthy of its “classic” distinction. I love feeling my time invested in a book was not extracted with only empty entertainment as the exchange. I have been enriched. And I hope my future reading choices will serve me a greater sum of this quality of material. I could only be so fortunate.
Incidentally, I discovered this story after reading Anne’s poem: “Last Lines.” The heart revealed in the sentiments of its stanzas struck me deeply and I determined to read everything Anne had written. As “Agnus Grey” was the first volume she had published that was where I started. I am infinitely grateful to have discovered Anne. With these stories as her legacy she has had the “portioned task” among “the brave and strong” she wished for. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and trust that you too will be enriched for having spent time in Anne’s company.

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  • Generale
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  • Michelle
  • 31/01/2021

Short and sweet

Beautifully written and engaging throughout. I had an itch for more Anne Bronte after reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Agnes Grey made a nice epilogue. I recommend reading them back to back in that order.

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  • Generale
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  • Annie Oakley
  • 20/08/2013

Excellent Book

Where does Agnes Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far this is the first audiobook we have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I found that all the characters were really interesting.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

I felt that Emilia Fox was very well chosen to read this particualr book, her voice just seemed to work very well with the period and style.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times this book made me thoughtful, and at other times annoyed with what poor Agnes had to put up with. The descripitons of some characters and thier actions could be really amusing.

Any additional comments?

A good book to my mind is something you cannot put down, you just have to start reading or listening to it till the end. Not much could keep us sitting quietly for 80 mins, but this did.

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  • Generale
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  • Barbara
  • 17/06/2015

Agnes Grey.

This is a delightful story, very well read. The long moral discourses
I found interesting as they reminded me of my upbringing!

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  • Generale
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  • jcw
  • 11/07/2014

Very average

Do you have any additional comments?

A predictable story about a virtuous girl's hard life as a governess and the eventual change in her fortunes. All very nice, but it lacks the atmosphere, complexity and unexpectedness of other books by the Bröntes. The narration is fine, although nothing special. Also, I don't know whether I'm the only one to have had this problem but, when I listened using headphones, there was an annoying background noise as if the audio had been re-recorded from a tape.

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  • Generale
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  • Laura Fogarty
  • 28/07/2019

Anne Brontë

The saddest thing about this book is the knowledge that Anne died so young and she never knew how well her novels were received and spent the short time after their publication defending them. I find it particularly hard to stomach that her own sister is the reason she isn’t as well known. She is the stand out for me I love this book but I adore “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” even more, this, I feel, is the book that should be the most famous even though I have read and love all the Brontë’s novels. It’s also sad to think that Anne didn’t fulfill any longing that she may have had to be a wife or mother. Emilia Fox is excellent I hope to hear her again her voice suits this particular genre and era perfectly.

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  • Generale
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  • BackGardenMan
  • 22/07/2016

A feel good story

I loved Emilia Fox's reading of Agnes Grey. I have no problem recommending this. It is such a feel good story. The voice characterisations are excellent.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Rubee
  • 22/12/2021

Poor sound quality spoils the performance

Fairly simple story with predictable ending. Not sure why the sound quality was so poor? Don't audible check this before selling it to their customers? If not they ought to.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • London Bookworm
  • 25/09/2021

Dreadful audio!

The narrator does a great job with her reading, but unfortunately the audio is awful. Sound levels are all over the place, mics popping, buzzing sounds in the background, audio recording poorly edited (you can actually hear the narrator’s instructions on where to cut and pick up!)…
What a pity.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • stephanie staton
  • 01/02/2017

Unexpected deIight

Beautifully read in such a way that completely brought the characters to life. Anne Brontes novel is a joy of language, story line and construction. Something to savour.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Catriona
  • 15/04/2009

gentle rather than gripping

I don't think I'd have finished this if reading it on the printed page as I did find it rather slow to start.
It was difficult not to judge with a modern perspective. A modern heroine would be expected to show more backbone and resistance to her employers' unreasonable demands, but the author was writing either from the perspective of what was normal then, or what she perceived as the ideal reaction of a contemporary heroine. Perhaps this would have sat better if written in the third person; too often it came across as 'I have been hard done by, but am still a good person'. This might have been more interesting if we had viewed how Agnes was treated and reacted to that treatment from a separate perspective
It was clear that the love interest was the author's ideal man, gentle, perceptive, kind to the old and poor etc.
I would have liked more development of the mother's character, particularly from what we learn of independent attitude at the end.
The whole was very well narrated and brought life to the first person voice of the book.
Overall, enjoyable, but not one I'd listen to again

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  • Generale
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  • Strawberry
  • 23/08/2021

A Lovely Story Filled With Love, Depth & Wisdom

Anne Bronte wrote such a lovely story some of which was probably based on her own experience as a governess. For such a young age when she wrote this, she had so much wisdom, depth, understanding of life and human beings. Even in todays world people do not have so much depth and understanding. It's so true that beauty is the inner person not what lies on the outside. A beautiful person who forgives and sees the good in everyone. And has value in relationships.

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