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.
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.
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.
This was Anne Brontë's only novel, and it's very well written, and makes some very surprising and interesting statements regarding marriage and women's rights, and lack thereof. Her protagonist is not perfect, and of course that makes the book even better. The flashback within the plot by means of the reading of a journal was also interesting. I was frustrated by the fact that a plot summary here included things that happen very late in the book. Basically was a spoiler.
If you're thinking about listening to this book, choose one by another reader. I had listened to an Anne of Green Gables book read by Mary Sarah, and was so not pleased, that I remember her name! But this version was I sale, so I chose it. Never again! I don't care if they offer a book for a penny, I will NOT get it if it's being read by this reader. She has an odd accent, and reads very quickly, so that voice inflection and emotion are lost to efficiency. I got the impression that she didn't understand what the characters were feeling sometimes. She also mispronounced several words... really odd.
This novel ideally should be performed by 2 readers. A man for the narrative of Gilbert, and a woman for the narrative of Helen's journal. I was very confused as to why a woman was reading a first person account written by a man, and it really took away from several passages.
Overall, this is a well-written, interesting view into 19th century perspectives on marriage and morality, with some lovely turns of the English language, but, choose another narrator.
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!
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.
It was impossible to listen to this audiobook as the narration was so awful. What a shame.
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