This story make Edgar A Poe look like a comedy writer. It was about a couple of lovers who plotted and executed the death of her husband and then the rest of the book dealt with their regret. The author could have said it all in a couple of chapters. Don't read this unless you need to come down off of a high. Good narration, however.
This is not a story for the faint hearted. It is a dark and sinister story that steadily builds suspense right up to a dramatic end. The reading by Kate suits the story perfectly. Apart from a slow start it held my attention all the way to the end.
I listen to ebooks while commuting in the car. I found myself sitting in the car in the car park after arriving at work listening to the story. Eventually I dragged myself away.
The old woman who had to watch the deteration of the husband and wife shhe knew had murdered her son without being able to express anything directly to them.
her voice is captivating, she does a good job of distinguishing different characters
I can not imagine this as a film since it is so psychologically focused
It got off to a really slow start, if it had not been for Kate Winslett's wonderful reading I would have quit. The author did a great job of describing the scenes, the characters, and their thoughts.
This is my favorite 'classic' and I have read it many times, but hearing it in this recording made the characters really come to life. One could almost smell the Seine and hear the cacophony of sounds coming from the Arcade.
I don't think any of the characters were particularly likeable, but all were full blown, flawed human beings and as such were interesting and tragic.
Kate's reading of this conveyed her love for the novel and her various intonations, rhythm and emotion for the words and the story really brought it to life. She really drew me in to the story and made me feel a part of the novel. She truly breathed life into these tragic characters.
This is one of best read books I have bought from Audible. I can't wait to listen to it again.
I haven't read the print version
I don't think I have one
I found her storytelling voice to be calm, smooth, soothing, and relaxing.
When Therese Raquin came to life when she first met and got involved with her lover
You have Kate Winslet's wonderful storytelling voice to thank for me sighning up for audible.com :)
Zola's novel is gritty, dramatic, and highly interesting in its portrayal of the deprivations experienced by its out-of-luck characters and the emotional turmoil their situations produce. But Zola seems especially interested in exposing us to every twist and turn in the guilt and cruelty that ultimately destroys nearly every vestige of their humanity. I could have done with 20% less of this novel. However, Kate Winslett's brilliant reading made up for a lot.
Great character portrayal. But the story is so dismal, and the characters so unlikeable that it became miserable to endure. Much like all of their lives. I guess that was Zola's point. But the last half was tough going. Winselt is excellent but cannot overcome the oppressive story.
Kate Winslet is a wonderful narrator. She does a fantastic job with this beautifully written book!
My incentive in purchasing this audiobook was because Kate Winslet was narrating and had loved the book. The story takes place in France during the 19th century and centers on Therese Raquin who is forced into an unhappy marriage to her sickly cousin Camille. They live with Camille???s mother and overbearing Aunt. Therese has a torrid love affair with Laurent, Camille???s childhood friend. This love affair leads to murder, jealousy and guilt.
The recording is about 8 hours of which I thought would never end. After the murder of Camille (which is about 4 hours into the story) it is constant repetitiveness between Laurent and Therese of being haunted by the Camille to the point of driving them both mad and hatred for each other.
The narration of this book was superb and the only reason I got through this book ??? the story itself did nothing for me. I do wish I could have collected a dollar each time the author called Camille the "drown man"
Definitely one of my top listens due to Kate Winslet's narration. Enjoyed the book overall.
The glimpse into another period in time and how that shapes the outcome.