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The Professor is Charlotte Brontë's first novel albeit the last to have been published. Edited and distributed by Arthur Bell Nicholls, two years after Brontë's death, it is based on her experiences of living as a language student in Brussels.

The only male narrator and protagonist in her stories, The Professor follows the career and love affairs of William Crimsworth, a reserved but compassionate aristocrat who has been ostracised by his family and left penniless.

Well educated and eager to enthuse others, William becomes a teacher and leaves his scornful family behind to work at a boy's boarding school in Brussels. Unimpeded by his gender, unlike the female characters in her stories, Charlotte takes advantage of William's freedom to travel and delight in the pleasures of the opposite sex. Her hero becomes enamoured with the headmistress of a neighbouring girl's school and this tempestuous relationship is mirrored with the sweet and gentle bond he forges with pupil, Frances Henri.

Described by Brontë herself as possessing more 'pith, more substance' and 'more reality' than Jane Eyre, this audiobook provides greater insight into the short life of the beloved author and reaffirms that her reputation as one of the greats of English Literature, is well deserved.

Narrator Biography

James Wilby trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later became an associate member of the institution.

He is an English actor, celebrated for appearing in films such as Maurice, Gosford Park, Howard's End and A Room with a View.

James' breakthrough performance was in the production of Privileged, in which he starred alongside Hugh Grant. This led to his being cast in the critically acclaimed Maurice, for which he won the Venice Film Festival's Best Actor award.

His stage performances include Helping Harry, Don Juan, Less Than Kind, On Emotion and The Consultant. He starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival of John Osborne's A Patriot for Me, which was met with very favourable reviews.

James has also worked on the making of various audiobooks and is widely considered to be one of the greatest voices of the British drama. His audio work includes Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind, Graham Greene's It's a Battlefield, Ian McEwan's Saturday and The Girl at the Lion D'Or by Sebastian Faulks.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • ilene
  • 26/12/2016

Beautiful

This beautiful story and impeccable narration makes you feel as if you were a participant in a beautiful concert. Everything comes together in such a beautiful way- you won't experience such poetic writing or plot anywhere else. It's a loss for anyone who doesn't experience this joy .

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Allyson
  • 11/05/2020

A Positive Bronte!

Having been stung by Villette, and finding Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights very frustrating, I was reluctant to try another of the Bronte sisters' efforts, but this is quite different and has its appeal. The performance is masterful and literally made the listening experience one toward which I looked forward with anticipation as I sat down each evening. The values are solid, if a bit given to a female's flight of fancy when philosophizing on behalf of the male protagonist. Worth a listen.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Douglas
  • 31/07/2016

A Charming Romance...

this posthumously published novel is every bit as good as the best of 1800s romance. Bronte at her best!

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M
  • 19/01/2015

The perfect narrator for Charlotte's great book

The professor is so underrated!! I adored it. The narrator was perfect and I found myself absolutely entranced.
Must listen!!!
You won't be disappointed

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Richard Asbury
  • 19/12/2018

Virtuous, steady living brings blossoming love.

The reading was supurb! The professor and Frances are an ideal happily ever after. I wish I knew Victor's life. It would have been a nice sequel.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Vincent
  • 28/04/2022

Disappointed

Based on the reviews I was expecting a good read, unfortunately it was not

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Margery R
  • 31/05/2021

Charlotte Bronte's experiment with words

The budding authoress tries her hand with French and English in the city of Brussels. The linguistic tour de force requires rapt attention.


  • Generale
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  • Christina
  • 16/01/2021

The Professor- pure joy

I can’t believe this Bronte book has not gotten more covers- delightful. Would love the movie

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • abbey goldstein
  • 15/07/2020

no wonder it was originally rejected for publicati

Written with precision and elegance, the story itself is predictable and maudlin. The main female character is faultless to the point of saintliness. Other characters, for the most part, are also lacking in any verisimilitude and are one dimensional. The narrator is excellent. In sum, anyone who enjoys the Bronte sisters will find this worthy of reading so long as expectations are not great.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Virginia Sanden
  • 19/05/2020

Exquisite

Beautifully written and beautifully read. The Brontë sisters all write with such pathos. Not to be missed!

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Danielle
  • 20/04/2007

Beautfil use of the English language

I love the use of the English language, so flowery and descriptive. The story gives great insight into the minds of men and women from that period, and the codes of conduct and protocol. Unfortunately, I don't speak a word of French, so some passages get lost on me.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 30/12/2021

Great if you speak French

I love the Brontes but I’m sad to say that I gave up on this book in the end. I found the characters unlikable but that usually isn’t a reason for me to quit a book. However, the sections in French were so frequent that I felt I was missing whole conversations and I felt like I was wasting my time listening to a book I didn’t understand whole chunks of. Such a shame for me but I’m sure it’s great if you do speak French!

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Pamela
  • 25/12/2021

James Wilby is an excellent narrator.

The story follows William Crimsworth from his humble beginnings, to his career as a teacher and eventual marriage to the woman he loves. Though intended to be a sympathetic hero, Crimsworth is a very judgemental and xenophobic character and goes on at some length about how superior he is to absolutely everyone. While this book did lack the underlying passion and angst that Bronte became so brilliant at writing, later on,
This is the third audiobook I have listened to narrated by James WIlby and he really does an excellent job of catching the feeling and flavor of the story.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Lisa
  • 19/08/2021

need to be French speaking

Couldn't finish it, first chapters good but far to much French spoken in latter chapters

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Mrs R Samways
  • 09/08/2021

A Compelling Story

I found this book hard to put down. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly are all found interwoven into the story.
However the narrator, ie the Professor, is rather twee, almost too good to be true. It is a quieter story than some of the Bronte novels, but the passion and romance are there and it is a good "listen".

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • ET
  • 17/05/2022

Performance

This performance was good. But again the volume isn’t constant. It fades in and out.

  • Generale
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  • AMum
  • 06/05/2022

I was gripped 1 1/2 hrs to the end but...

I was gripped 1 1/2 hours to the end because I knew how much of the book was to go and it seemed everything was wrapped up too neatly, way too early. Clearly (I thought) Charlotte has a surprise/shock coming for the reader and also for the arrogant twat William! What would be the equivalent of the mad wife in the attic? How would Hunsden sweep Frances off her feet and steal her from William? .....So you can imagine the disappointment of the ending that went on and on in an even more self-congratulatory way. Ho Hum.

  • Generale
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  • mouse
  • 29/04/2022

Working in teaching

The narration was excellent and I really enjoyed the French extracts. If you don't understand spoken French, you will miss a great deal of the backstory. I thought the relationships depicted showed that Charlotte Brontë was younger when she wrote it than when she wrote Jane Eyre and that she had a massive crush on her professor! Uncomfortable references were made to attraction between male teacher and female staff and pupils. I enjoyed the original, believable characterisation but this came with woefully inequal expectations of male and female roles, including subservience and domination. Modern, it is not. There is a reason this has not been as successful as Jane Eyre. It touches on too many difficult topics and is too old-fashioned to translate well to film.

  • Generale
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  • Anonymous User
  • 26/04/2022

Beautifully read, almost performed

Amazingly well read by James Wilby, who brought the story alive and did a remarkable job of using his voice to distinguish between characters.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Parissa
  • 06/04/2022

So-so book made interesting by amazing reader

I now understand why Charlotte Brontë’s best known book is Jane Eyre. The Professor is moderately interesting. It’s important to bear the historical context in mind when listening to this book. Still, the author’s prejudiced references to the Flemish made me wince…
The whole thing is made interesting by James Wilby’s amazing reading. I cannot say enough good things about James Wilby as a narrator. Could he please narrate many many more books? He could make tax manuals fascinating…