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I don't remember reading this as a youngster. I must have. And I have visited the Bronte home in England -- a sobering experience indeed. There are only two really nice people in the whole book -- the first old master and the housekeeper narrator. I kept watching for potential, for kindness or love or caring. But it was all ego, pride, greed, cruelty, tantrums and resentments. Suddenly I realized how far we have come, baby, with our New Age teachings that it is in everyone's best interest to cultivate gratitude and grin at the other guy and try to act like you like them! And our current notions of rehabbing child abuse victims, of redeeming past wrongs. For someone seriously depressed or grieving, unless this is a class assignment, listen to something else first. Then again, an individual might just use the tale to feel better about his own circumstances. Alas, I am too much reminded of the folks in my senior housing complex!
The narration is marvelous. It is possible to forget you are not listening to a couple of neighbors catching up on the community. I was going to say that Janet McTeer sounds too upscale to be a rural housekeeper, but her voice is lovely and perhaps we can agree that that housekeeper should have had more power in her little world. At least the ending is fairly happy.
I wanted to reread this because I'd first read the book when I was much too young to appreciate it. I never got around to it and knew I wouldn't, so I got the book from Audible--a great decision! I enjoyed this recording far more than I would have enjoyed a reread. Audiobooks are the ideal format for first-person narratives. I chose this recording because I'd seen Janet McTeer on screen and stage and knew what a terrific actress she is. (She happens to come from the north of England, too, so she knows all the accents.)
This recording kept me riveted to my iPod. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to hear more and see what came next, even though I knew the story! The novel has a propulsive force that really comes through in McTeer's performance. (Her character narrates 90% of the book.) If you want to make Wuthering Heights really come alive, get this recording.
This is one of my all time favorite books! The reader is phenomenal and makes you want to listen to the story in one setting. Definitely worth the money :)
If your only familiarity with Wuthering Heights is from the 1939 movie, then be assured that you have only scratched the surface of this story. So rich in detail and character is this novel that it will leave you wondering why anyone ever attempted to make it into a movie. Oh, I agree that the film is entertaining unto itself, but it is merely the tip of the iceberg. Highly recommended.
Reading Wuthering Heights in high school and again in my early thirties, I never could lose myself in the characters. Although one of the great "stories" in English literature, I never thought of it as a classic "novel".
However, after listening to Ms McTeer's narration, I have become much more appreciable of this story. Her ability to tell the story, I got lost in the characters; in fact, I thought Ms McTeer was Nelly at times. She brings you back to the time when your mother read to you before bed. Her timing between silences and emphasis of phrases (her overall intonation) was superb.
Mr Timson's narration is also superb. The way he introduces the book and allows "Nellie" to tell the story is a classic approach. I wish audio books would use this method more often. It made the book and narration more exciting. It's as if I was Mr Longwood (Timson's character) listening to Nellie. They made a great narrating team.
A definite 5-Star narration I highly recommend. This is only the third 5-stars rating I have assigned to audio books (out of more than 100 audio downloads).
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I really enjoyed this book. The story is not hardly a romance, so those searching for it will probably not like this book. It is not a warm and fuzy feeling tale. The detestable characters in this book are what make it different from many other Brittish classics. It leads one to consider at length how a few specific moments can alter the course of the future, and determine the person we will become as adults.
The ending in my opinion gave good and appropriate closure for this book. I also recently watched the PBS film and was disappointed that they greatly altered Catherine's role and did not truly flesh out the magnitude of Heathcliff's disturbing behaviours. Overall, the book is a great and worthwhile tale.
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This is one of those books that I had to work at to complete; in the end however I am glad that I did. I did not like many of the characters and it was necessary to keep in mind that their lives were very limited, they did not meet many different people and did not travel far. The author demonstrates a great understanding of a strange mind.
Ok, so maybe it's not lighthearted and bright, but this is a fabulous story. Told wonderfully by Bronte and narrated incredibly! I definitly recommend this to anyone interested in a good story in the Victorian era. And I'll admit I chuckled a good number of times so there is some lightheartedness, just not a whole bunch.
Couldn't put it down. I even avoided my friends during the lunch break in order to listen to it. Janet McTeer's interpretation adds an unimaginable realism. I'm very disappointed that Audible doesn't have more books read by her.
An excellent, spellbinding reading of a complex, dark classic. David Timson and Janet McTeer give brilliant performances, he telling Mr. Lockwood's part of the tragic tale, and she Ellen Dean's. Their voice characterizations of the other characters are perfectly done, both actors shifting easily from the King's English to authentic Yorkshire dialect. (McTeer's clear rendering of Joseph's nearly unintelligible dialect is particularly laudable.) Highly recommended.