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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Audiobook

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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Publisher's Summary

Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Amy MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 05-29-13
    Amy MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States 05-29-13
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    I really enjoyed this book, and the way that it was read. Mary Sarah brought much depth to the reading and her voice was so easy to listen to, I just couldn't "put it down." I will definitely be listening to more of her work!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 01-13-13
    bluestategirl Vermont 01-13-13 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "Narrator ruins this classic"

    Ms. Aliotta reads as if she needs to use the facilities and cannot go until she finishes the book. Listening to her rapid fire delivery actually sped up my heart rate. Not worth the $2.00 it costs or the space it takes up on your ipod.

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    Kristina 12-20-16
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    "Great novel."

    Stick with it while the author delicately and elaborately lays the groundwork and backdrop for this marvelous and intimate experience in the lives of these characters. The development pays off and the story gains momentum. Beautiful story.

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    Karen kettering 11-21-16
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    "Disappointing narration"

    I love gothic romances, and being disabled, I depend on audible for my reading pleasure. This specimen however was extremely disappointing. The narrator determined that to add drama all she had to do was talk faster or louder. She mispronounced so many words it was distracting. Her reading was clipped and without any true passion. I would advise this director in the future to go over pronunciation of words( some as simple as pronouncing draught-the Brittish spelling of draft-as drought. The meaning being the exact opposite of the author's intent) prior to recording the book.

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    Zuri, 05-15-16
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    "Most entertaining"

    Liked it. the narrator was engaging. However, some times it was a bit wordy, if one could use the term... :-)

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    Amazon Customer 05-11-16
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    "Fantastic book"

    I loved this book and the narrater it was awsome. It is sad that other say that the narrator is bad i think she makes the book.

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    Jennifer 08-06-15
    Jennifer 08-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Mostly dismal story, unremarkable performance"

    It seems that I have established a pattern with Bronte... As when I have last read the novels by the other sisters, the reading if this took me three times longer than it aught to have. It was slow to get into, and remained that way for much of the first half - and even when I did finally become more interested, I was never so gripped that I couldn't put it down nor was I tempted to do nothing but read hour hours at a stretch as is typical of me.

    The goings on were dismal 90% of the time, and there were few characters to like. I wasn't even particularly fond of the narrator, and I can hardly forget his violent outburst at one point. And though he repents of it, he is prone to passions, and there was something in him that I did not like overmuch. And I felt only pity for Helen much if the time. What an awful lot, and merciless cruel people bedeviled her life.

    It was difficult to bear, and witnesses will attest to my indignation and horror and anger at the ingrates! I was moved to tears even, at one juncture of vile mistreatment towards her. But alas, I held little hope that this Bronte novel would leave off on any happier a note than others like it, but alas, it was a dash more cheery. Those whom we have known to be blagards and villains have met deserving fates, those of repentant or constantly good natures are seen to pass brighter futures and proportionate happiness. Thank goodness, all was set right for Helen, after she endured so much.

    The performance was unremarkable. Much of the time the narrative and dialogue were indistinguishable, nor were the voices of most characters throughout, which lead to no little confusion during multi-person exchanges several times.

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    annett russell 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertainment, well written in my opinion ."

    l was caught up in the story right to the very end. Old fashion yet modern some what. Enjoyed tremendously.

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    myz 10-28-14
    myz 10-28-14 Member Since 2011

    myz

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    "Disappointing narration for a brilliant classic!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would wholeheartedly recommend the book, as it is one of my favourites. However, I would recommend reading it, or finding a different audio version.


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

    Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey - the style and stories have similar elements.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Sarah Agliotta?

    Davina Porter or have Juliet Stevenson do the unabridged version. Mary Sarah Agliotta kept mispronouncing words and does not have an English accent.


    Could you see The Tenant of Wildfell Hall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been made into a very nice TV mini series.


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    Kristin 05-18-14
    Kristin 05-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Overall enjoyed the story, definitely worth listening. Part of my decision to "listen" to the classics and glad to include in my collection and recommend.

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