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.
I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.
I might at a later date. It is kind of depressing.
Kate Winslet's performance.
Any of the dominos playing scenes.
It made me angry mostly, because of the stupidity of some of the characters.
I love Kate Winslett! She didn't disappoint, but the book was agonizingly depressing!
She paints a picture with her voice and words.
What.....think twice about killing my husband????
Wish I'd known more about the subject matter before buying!
Yes, it is a classic
When Therese and Laurent let out their secret to their Aunt.
She is an outstanding reader and it was better than going to see a movie.
Yes - all of it.