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.
I had tried to read this book before but didn't finish it. However, it always kept coming up in my thoughts, so I decided to get this audiobook and read along, and I'm glad I did.
The reading is fantastic. Janet McTeer does the bulk of it, and she is immensely talented, deftly weaving through the voices of men and women, young and old, passionate misanthropists and semi-literate zealots. David Timson has a less challenging part, but also does an excellent job, and I'm looking forward to some of the Dickens books he's done.
My only gripe would be the characters themselves, who are vile and selfish almost to a man. That's not to say they're not compelling and very vividly written - they are. But the famous misanthropy of this novel was one of the main attractions for me, and, having previously believed that I was something of a misanthropist myself, I left this book feeling like a positively sunny optimist! Sometimes it was all a bit overwhelming, but in this case it's also a testament to how powerful the novel is.
If you're interested in reading Wuthering Heights, this audiobook is an excellent way to do it.
Over and over again. It is such a compelling story.
I was pretty horrified by it. In the films based on this book Heathcliff is presented as lovelorn and obsessed, but in the book he is rather a fiend. The ending was very compelling.
For the story as a whole, I did not like it. For the readers, there are two; a male and a female. The male has a perfectly normal British accent and is easy to understand. The female reader is easy to understand when she is speaking a female part; however, when she reads any of the male dialogue, you can't understand a word she says. It's really distracting.
Such beautiful narration by Janet Mcteer and David Timson, I've fallen in love with this book all over again. You've got me hooked up to audible.
I hadn't read this in many years and had forgotten most of it, but this audio version brought it back with new lustre and was beautifully read with great emotion and intensity. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a different take on some of the characters than I did when I was younger! I'd never thought of the importance Nelly played in the story, but she was often the catalyst. A wonderful story with exciting characters.
The narration team of this book, made the story come off the pages, as if you there with the characters yourself. They have done Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights justice, in every way. What a story, enjoyed it lots.
I believe a previous reviewer said it best when he said the book should be called "What a bunch of a**holes." After listening to the Audiobook I ended up watching the recent PBS film adaption of the book. Mostly to get a different perspective on this classic story. I honestly felt that the book was a bit of a downer. Janet McTeer has a nice voice but her vocal impersonations of some of the characters made them sound so miserable, wretched and incredibly annoying, and as a result I felt no connection or sympathy with ANY of the characters.
I read all the books
This is the one to get. I could listen to Janet McTeer all day! Her voice is just lovely--and she does a fantastic job with all the different characters she's called upon to voice. Her men actually sound masculine, in sharp contrast to flighty, girlish Cathy.