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.
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The narration of this classic made the entire experience PAINFUL. Although capable of reading, the narrator was not capable of dialogue -- something experienced Audible listeners have come to rely upon. So what happens is this: is it a man? is it a woman? which character is it, pray tell? Only those who have read the book in the past and are familiar with the plot line are able to tell.
I hope Audible will avoid these disasters -- I am wondering how it was selected.
It's a solid, though occasionally depressing, story. However, the production or audio quality is poor with frequent changes in sound and voice modulation. It does not seem professionally produced as most Audible titles.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
I am glad that I listened to this book, it was more than I expected. Bronte wrote like she thought. You can't do anything while you read this or you don't get the wonderful mental pictures she writes for you. She is not my favorite author of this timeframe but as a classic, this one is worth the time you will put into it.
Yes, to remind myself of the capacity for dignity and courage in difficult situations.
I am moved by the journey and courage of the heroine, Mrs. Graham -- a woman caught in an abusive marriage - that finally finds the courage to free herself and her child through dignity and art.
The narrator captured the bittersweet emotions, gut-wrenching tensions and difficult realities of this time through her restrained passion and warmth of tone. She seemed to really understand what the characters were going through.
Have no improvements on the title.
This is one of my favorite classic books, though not so well known.
With material that is so well known the reader should check the material. There were so many mispronounced words that I could hardly follow the story in places. Ms. Agliotta needs to get a dictionary and learn how to use it.
As a proto-feminist story, where a woman over-rides a jerkwad husband in order to direct the course of her own life and is not eternally punished by the Invisible Hand, this book was probably quite the scandale in its day. And I adore scandale, so I wish I liked the whole thing more. But by modern standards, it really seems to be the story of a headstrong prig and the twerp (not her husband) who loves her. Reading it through a historical lens, it's a very interesting look at a woman verging on independence, and her effect on a small rural town. And it's not a painful read.
It is however a painful listen. Lordamighty. Shaky use of character voices and bizarre attempts at differentiating regional accents. Can't tell if it's a bad microphone, or she just moved around too much for the sound tech to compensate. Weird cuts that repeat the same line over. Sloppy. Kind of a disaster. If you can get this cheap, and really want to hear this story, go ahead, her voice quality is at least good (hopefully she'll get some coaching before she tries this again). But 12 or so hours is a long time to be driven nuts by this one.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Audible sort of, um, lost my first review. I know they got it because on Day 2 when I checked, they said it was being looked at. That was over a week ago. Now, the best they can do is tell me to rewrite it! Mary Sarah Whatzername is still a terrible reader who is still in a hurry and doesn't know how to pronounce paroxysm and a number of other good English words! I agree with the other reviewer who suggested this narrator had to "use the facilities" and they wouldn't let her out of the recording booth until she finished the book! It's two hours shorter than the other version I just finished listening to.
So here you are, audible! I will give dear Anne Bronte's masterpiece a good review under the other version. In listening to that version with male and female narrators including Ms. Agutter, a number of new truths came out that I completely missed in Ms. Agliotta's breathy, hurried rendition. Every word is beautiful!
This was $1.95 absolutely wasted!
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!
I really appreciate the women I follow on Audible. Thank you all for your recommendations, and have a very Happy New Year!
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.
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.
Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey - the style and stories have similar elements.
Davina Porter or have Juliet Stevenson do the unabridged version. Mary Sarah Agliotta kept mispronouncing words and does not have an English accent.
It has been made into a very nice TV mini series.
It was impossible to listen to this audiobook as the narration was so awful. What a shame.
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