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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall | [Anne Bronte]

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

This is the story of a woman's struggle for independence. Helen "Graham" has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter.
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This is the story of a woman's struggle for independence. Helen "Graham" has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter.

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    02-02-07 Member Since 2003
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    "highly recommended"

    This is an inspiring and beautifully written book and one I will probably re-read, as fresh today as when it was written over 150 years ago; English prose at it's height. The narration is as well superb. This ranks with Jane Eyre as one of my all-time favourites.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-04-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "My favorite Bronte book"

    Despite being lesser known than her sisters' works, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" may be the best of the Bronte books. Anne is a good writer; terrific at description, and there is humor here and richness of character development. I really loved this listen. The story is long and, I will admit, tedious at times (it's a Victorian novel after all!), but this edition of the audio book has handled the strange structure of the book very well. Both Alex Jennings and Jenny Agutter render their portions of the narrative beautifully.
    A word of warning, however. This claims to be an Unabridged version, but it is not so. Because I was listening to the book as a book club assignment, I followed along with the written version and found some puzzling omissions. Just why they chose to abridge some parts -- especially in the central, diary portion of the book -- I can't imagine. The cuts are small and not terribly important, but nevertheless are there. Anyone wishing to experience the entire work should be aware of the abridgment.
    But it's a fine trip! I'm very pleased to have learned that there is more to the Brontes than "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights".

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothea Chicago, Israel 02-11-08
    Dorothea Chicago, Israel 02-11-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Brilliant"

    This under-the-radar Bronte book is a cautionary tale. It is wonderfully narrated by both narrators.

    It is an important book and stands easily with Wuthering Heights as a study in unfortunate marriage. It makes one long to read the definitive Bronte biographies.

    Don't miss it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-11-11
    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Another wonderful listen"

    This book was alot of fun. I loved the characters. Both narrators did a great job, but I especially liked Jenny Agutter. Her voice is beautiful and she did the characters very nicely. The story is lovely.

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    Karen Cayce, SC, United States 05-30-10
    Karen Cayce, SC, United States 05-30-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Good reading for all women considering marriage."

    I never read this book as a teen or twenty-something. Enjoyed it so much, I just read (listened to)it twice - back to back.

    Was a little slow starting out the first time around, but then I was hooked.

    Beautiful story-telling, surprises, romance, folly of youth, good vs evil, mystery, feminism, spousal abuse, double standards are all elements found in the remarkable book.

    Some of the themes must have been shocking when it was published in 1848.

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    Kimberly United States 09-04-12
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    "Perfect performances!!"
    Would you listen to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall again? Why?

    Yes. The narration was so compelling--Alex Jennings and Jenny Agutter complimented one another perfectly. That alone will bring me back to this rendition. But the story itself is also very compelling. It is a shame that it is often overlooked by modern audiences. Ironically, the issues it addresses are more relevant today than many other highly praised gothic novels.


    What other book might you compare The Tenant of Wildfell Hall to and why?

    In my mind, it is on equal footing with the more highly touted books of her sisters, Emily & Charlotte Bronte (Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre).


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    Cindy United States 03-04-12
    Cindy United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I liked it"

    I do like to revisit that classics but this one was a first visit. And . . . I liked it! Good characters, pleasant times, and good writing. If you do not expect too much and you like classic victorian England, you will enjoy this one.

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    Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    10/18/09
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    "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"

    Another book I studied for English Literature. I liked this one! I liked the fact that two different narrators were used: one for Markham and one for Helen. Jenny Agutter excels. Very enjoyable.
    My only criticisms are you can hear a tiny bit of background noise very briefly, but it is acceptable. Also, at the part where Markham starts to narrate again, one has just got used to J.A's reading which is superior, and I don't feel he did justice to their agonising meeting. This rather spoilt it for me. I think it would have been better to dramatise it with the two readers at that point.
    Other than that this is a fine narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    7/22/13
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    "Performance better than the material"

    This book has been on my read/listen list for many years. I have recently been using Audible to get me through some 'classics' that I've avoided in the past so this was one of these books.

    I enjoyed it just enough to give it 3 stars, a low score for me, though I rate the reading as 4 star value.

    I understand that it was a ground-breaking work when it was written and I did listen to it in that context, but I simply didn't enjoy it as much as many of the classics I've been catching up on recently. It lacks the humour of Dickens and the depth of Trollope, for example. I wasn't fully engaged by any of the characters and the plot is weak - even halting.

    There is too much moody striding about on the moors for my taste, but without the compensating Wuthering passion - the drama fizzles out. The end is trite and far from feminist even by the contemporary standards of the day.

    The narration by Alex Jennings is faultless and lifts those parts of the recording. That by Jenny Agutta is perhaps not as good but her reading did somehow suit the subdued - borderline boring - persona of her character. So I think they both made the most of what they had to work with. This narration saves the book from being too dull to go on with.

    I am quite glad I listened to it, though once or twice I considered just starting something new. It has filled that 'gap' in my reading history. My mind tended to wander off here and there but it didn't matter - I didn't miss any crucial action.

    I would not really recommend this listen - but it's not terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
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    1/18/14
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    "Poor direction."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately several parts of the narration were inaudible due to low volume. When Alex Jennings was speaking some of Helen's dialogue he did it in a whisper. No doubt this was for dramatic effect, however without increasing the volume it is inaudible. This is irritating and inconvenient. This is by no means a criticism of Alex Jennings narration, it is a criticism of direction/production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siobhan
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Plenty of drama!"

    An old favourite, beautifully rendered. Thank you so much, I really enjoyed listening. I am sure you will too.

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