Thanks for the reviews, I read them and chose this version based on them and was not disappointed. This has become the definitive Wuthering Heights experience for me, although it was the first and only time I've heard it. The quality of the prose and the performance together, by actors with genuine accents made it all that I imagined the Wuthering Heights experience can be. If you're new to Wuthering Heights, I strongly recommend this version.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
Heathcliff and Catherine survives the cruel tests of time, I found myself perplexed by the lack of likability of these two protagonists. Catherine is flighty and immature while Heathcliff is surly and mean. They both did things to hurt each other; is that true love? The fact that they love each other through the difficulties of their lives doesn't assuage the hurt they cause each other during their lifetime.
The setting is certainly luscious and the supporting characters are interesting. But, rather than find Heathcliff's undying love for Catherine as overwhelmingly romantic, I couldn't get past how cruel he was to everyone around him. It made me sad.
As a young woman, I was thoroughly entranced by Heathcliff's dark, brooding and romantic nature. But he is much less attractive to me now.
I know I will be cast aside as a renegade and maybe even a fraudulent English major. But, there are more intriguing protagonists who are brooding and romantic in literature that I found more likable -- Mr. Darcy and John Thornton, for example.
The narration by Janet McTeer and David Timson was luscious and wonderful, particularly Ms. McTeer's. It was a delight to the ears and I loved hearing every second of it.
The book itself is intense and powerful, emotionally draining but well worth reading.
One comment about this audiobook version; it is good but one should have the text nearby while listening. Janet McTeer reads the dialogues with tones of voice that exaggerate too much of the characters' personalities. This is normally good, but the characters of Wuthering Heights have strong, often despicable personalities: Heathcliff is hateful, Catherine is petulant, and when that hatefulness and petulance are accentuated in not only what the characters say, but also how they say it, the dialogues become for me too emotionally revolting and I much prefer to read the text.
For instance, Janet McTeer's Heathcliff speaks with a very low rumbling raspy voice, muttering almost every word with spite. Her Catherine is shrill, maudlin, forceful. Their exchanges sound unnatural and unbearable.
The reading is nevertheless very good. Wuthering Height is very hard to read and current rendition, despite (what I think are) its faults, is commendable.
I must be getting old or intelligent. Probably just old. The classics are getting better and better and I am enjoying them far more than some of the supposedly good new writing. I struggled through Wuthering Heights as a student, I had other things on my mind. This time it was swift, powerful and fascinating. It is now obvious why the novel is prescribed in most literature courses (either university or school). Bronte tells a story of outcasts and obsessions – rural England: wind-swept, harsh landscape sculpting cruel and sociopathic creatures who are as violent as they are passionate. Heathcliff, the foundling, is shunned by all except his adoptive father. He spends most of his adulthood wreaking revenge for the ridicule and pain inflicted by his siblings and servants. Bronte draws her story beautifully through the eyes of a servant, Nellie Dean, and through the naive city dweller Lockwood. They are allowed to peer into this weird world and to observe how a childhood friendship can become an adult obsession that can destroy several lives. Truly great writing with dense imagery. It raises important, fundamental questions about the rights of women and the power of men.
The performance and the unexpected.
The most interesting part was that it was in no way a "normal" romance novel but more about love gone wrong.
Love Gone Awry
Interesting that it is a "classic" IMHO
The producers' decision to cast two narrators--a woman to read Nellie's inset tale, and a man to read Lockwood's framing narrative--does wonders.
This classic, which I had not thought about since 8th grade, is mesmerizing because of the almost gothic characters who inhabit the house of the title.
During the entire length of the audiobook, I kept marveling at the brilliant narration of Janet McTeer. David Timson is fine, but he has relatively little to do compared to Janet McTeer, who embodies all the characters with absolute mastery of dialects and personalities. I don't think I will ever get over her narration of this book, which held me spellbound for so many glorious hours.
This is perhaps the finest read of all the many Audible books I have devoured over the past four years. Highly recommended !!
classic non-love story anout a dysfunctional family
character and personality. i felt as if i were there.
Reading is one of my great loves, but as a busy mum to 4, I seldom have the time to sit down with a good book. Audible changed that for me.
Wuthering Heights is one of those books that you don't forget. If you love the classics, then you will be familiar with this story. Brutal and sad, it is a strange love story - if you are looking for something different to the hundreds of 'predicatable' romances available to read, then this will satisfy. This story will make you think and analyse and ponder, long after you have finished reading it.
What I liked about this particular reading is the dual narration. David Timson as Mr. Lockwood is good, but Janet McTeer who has the bulk of the reading as Nellie Deans is brilliant in her narration. You forget that it is one woman reading the many voices and interpreting the many and diverse personalities in this story. I have read Wuthering Heights many times - I know it inside out, but this is my favourite 'reading' of it.
Wow, having read all the Wikipedia info on the Bronte family I can see where some of the darkness of this artwork comes from. It aint all Kate Bush and happy ending Hollywood versions, but very enjoyable.
The only reason I gave a 4 for the excellent performance is because there has to be a little room for the absolutely masterful reading of, say, Juliet Stevenson with Emma, or the popular versions of Ulysses and Don Quixote on Audible.