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The Bell Jar

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Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. 

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously. 

Sylvia Plath's groundbreaking semiautobiographical novel offers an intimate, honest and often wrenching glimpse into mental illness. The Bell Jar broke the boundaries between fiction and reality and helped cement Sylvia Plath's place as an enduring feminist icon. Celebrated for its darkly humorous, razor-sharp portrait of 1950s society, it continues to resonate with readers today as a testament to the universal human struggle to claim one's rightful place in the world. 

©2015 Sylvia Plath (P)2015 Faber & Faber Ltd
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Beautiful

A challenging read, captivating. Beautiful language. Felt her pain and her struggle. An interesting look at a different time period as well.

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in love

Such a beautiful voice and acting joined with a captivating story. I can only recommend

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  • MGB
  • 21/08/2015

Esther whispering into your ear

I've always struggled to finish reading the Bell Jar, but this was disturbingly fascinating.
You are treated to Sylvia Plath's words, delivered flawlessly by Maggie Gyllenhaal, perfevt incarnation of Esther.

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  • emilie boivin
  • 26/03/2019

Great book

I purchased the book by curiosity. I never had the chance to any of Plath's work before, and I always thought of Maggie Gyllenhaal as a great actress, so I went ahead and downloaded The Bell Jar. There a lightness about the heroine's descent into madness. The narrative is almost a casual chatter describing on despair and disillusionment. It allowed me to take it all in, let it sit, then fully appreciate the richness of Plath's work.

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  • Nakota
  • 05/12/2015

Weird

I'd like to know why did they cut the first paragraph about the Rosenbergs? weird

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 26/09/2019

Loved it!

I absolutely loved this audiobook! The feelings of the main character are relatable to a lot of people, I think. Plath’s writing is beautiful and Gyllenhaal voicing the main character is a perfect match. After completing the novel I missed Gyllenhaal’s narration so much that I also purchased her take on the 35h Anna Karenina (which I just finished and loved). I warmly recommend this novel!

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  • Anca
  • 06/08/2018

Brilliant

The book is an amazing study of the life of a depressed young girl who cannot cope with the important decisions in her life.
Maggie Gyllenhaal does a superb job, absolutely perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/03/2018

Low intensity, beautiful, well read

Low intensity, beautiful and well read. Enjoyed the performance and got things to think about.

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  • Sam Black
  • 07/12/2017

Relatable and Melancholy

I think I got more out of this book with Maggie’s performance behind it. Sometimes I felt rubbed the wrong way and I don’t know if it was the words or the way Maggie said them. Maybe I was supposed to react that way. The first hour or so into it I couldn’t understand why it was a classic - but I’m glad I listened the whole way through. Even in today’s setting you can relate to the topics of mental health, societal pressures and feminism. Good purchase! Might listen again if I’m in a melancholy mood :)

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/08/2017

Loved it..

I was surprised by how much I loved this book as I usually stick to non-fiction and reading to gain factual knowledge. However this book surprised me - I'm so glad I found it. Perhaps I connected to it having suffered from depression and anxiety for periods throughout my whole life.

I adore Maggie's voice and think she was a perfect match for reading this book. Also the writing was incredibly well done.

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  • Juliana Maziero Castro
  • 22/06/2017

good book and audiobook

good quality book and audio book. Plaths book is deep, sad and smartly written. Maggie does a very good job reading it.

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  • Karen
  • 29/05/2017

Powerful

I finally listened to this novel after so long. It was intense, and raw with emotion. It's as close as I've come to reading poetry, as the genre confounds me. If only Plath had lived into the 21st century. I think she would be both pleased at the progress we've made with gender equality, yet disappointed with how far we have yet to go. I found much in common with Esther Greenwood. But in 2017, it's much more acceptable to be Esther Greenwood. Maggie Gyllenhaal was absolutely perfect as narrator.

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  • Patrick Niess
  • 14/12/2018

maggie gyllenhaal

Sylvia Plath is an amazing author and this classic is one that has to be read! I stumbled upon this because of my english major and read the book in university, but what really blew me away this time is Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s performance! She does not read, she acts with so much emotion and talent i would definitely recommend listening to THIS version! (:

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  • Nina
  • 07/08/2018

not a book to make you happier

It felt like I lived it myself. The description took me into the world of this girl. Also the voice of Maggie Gyllenhaal made it surreal. Although it was an interesting experience this book is not one which will leave you feel happy afterwards.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 26/01/2020

Disappointing

I used to love this story when I first read it 15 years ago but absolutely hated this interpretation of Plath‘s original. The music added between the chapters and sections caused me to eventually mark the audiobook conpleted mid book.