I’ll be the first to admit that I avoided classics like the plague in high school and college. I just had no interest in reading them. Normally opting instead to read a more contemporary romance novel of some shape and size. It hasn’t been until the last few years that I have actually opted to start reading these classics. Having previously read/listened to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (loved it) and Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (hated it with every fiber of my being), I decided it was time to give Anne Bronte a try.
I had previously listened to Tenant of Wildfell Hall also by her and this time opted to listen to Agnes Grey. It is written very much like a autobiography of someones life and there is some evidence that suggests that AG is actually the story of Anne’s experiences as a governess. If that is the case, I have to admit that I pity her for her experiences. Having previously worked as a nanny, I can say that I would have been driven nuts by some of the antics of her charges, and I likely wouldn’t have been able to deal with them.
I do have to admit that when it comes to these classics, that my mind just does not do well when I try to read them, so I will normally listen to them if at all possible. When it comes to narrators, if I was picking any other kind of book, Nadia May probably would not have been a choice, because there is just something about her voice that doesn’t fit a contemporary type of story – yet, her voice is perfect for a classic such as Agnes Grey. I have previously also listened to her narrator several Jane Austen books, as well as Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. She has the ability to make me feel like, in this instance, I was in the school-room with Agnes as she was dealing with the spoiled children for whom she was responsible. I will likely continue to seek her out as a narrator for classics in the future and maybe see how she does on other stuff, but I’m not sure