Roger May's narration of one of Charlotte Brontë's lesser-known novels embodies the voice of her sensitive protagonist, William Crimsworth. Although he's a hardworking young man, Crimsworth finds himself unhappy being a clerk in his brother's service. To escape, he journeys from England to Brussels to be a teacher. May portrays Crimsworth with a gentleness and kindness that echo his sincerity. He smoothly navigates between French and English as he delivers scenes of dialogue, and his vocal characterizations are convincing. Crimsworth's older brother, who has Northern British accent, sounds abrupt and commanding, while Frances Evans Henri, who has a soft French accent, sounds slight and earnest. May's attention to the protagonist's delivery of his own story renders a delightful listening experience. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2020]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2020
DD ISBN 9781781982488 $31.00
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