Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.
Thérèse Raquin is the story of a young woman forced into an unhappy marriage to her dull, sickly cousin and smothered by her overbearing aunt. When her husband’s childhood friend enters her life, it leads to a torrid affair that sets her spirit free for the first time, but with shattering consequences. Steeped in the atmosphere of 19th-century France and with a darkly rich foreboding, it is a story that brings out the best of its narrator’s incomparable talents.
“It is challenging, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun as well,” said Ms. Winslet of the recording experience. "As a listener, being able to tune out and be taken into another world, an atmosphere, an environment that is being created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice is really a wonderful, magical thing.”
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“Kate Winslet reads as though she is relishing every morsel of the drama…She clearly loves the book, and her pleasure in the text is infectious…she grabs listeners and doesn’t let go.” (AudioFile)
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.
This tragic account of love, yearning, loss, murder which culminates in horrific sado-masochistic behavior (abuse). It was disturbing yet oddly compelling. The overall revue would be to spend your time in a better place than with The Raquins. Ugh!
No favorites in a book that was 'barely bearable'.
Certainly written with prose. One could feel the dank oppressiveness and deep sadness of the situation. The skill of the writer and the times were reflected well.
In this case, no doubt about it, the audio edition truly enhanced the print version. Would that I could hear more Zola read by high quality readers.
Well, Therese Raquin is my favourite character. She's, I think, a complex liberated woman and not, as she is seen by many, a libertine. The things that she is led to do in order to sustain an affair with a man she sees as exciting, are without doubt terrifyingly immoral but given other circumstances would she behave so callously - I don't think so. To Therese, monetary gain is a far second place to the excitement of her relationship with a man who facilitates her feeling fulfilled.
I'm ashamed to say that I like many am hopelessly in love with this celeb so, I was surprised that when I stopped listening for The Winslett in the performance, I found that she was an incredibly good reader. It may also be the case that she settled into the performance after about 20 minutes or so.
I absolutely love Zola and, I mean, who does not love Kate Winslett? It took me about 20 minutes to settle into hearing the Zola because I was trying to hear the Winslett in the production. Anyway, Therese Raquin was a favourite when I read it years ago and this production really cemented my relationship with the writer and the novel. I don't understand why there is not a lot more Zola in Audible. Perhaps the popularity of this production will give impetus to further releases.
have not read this book so don't know
I have not read other Emile Zola books
Kate Winslet was terrific with her narration and her narration was what kept my interest in this book
no extreme reactions
I think this is probably a great book and I would have been more satisfied with it if I had read it. I just did not have much appreciation for Emile Zola's style of writing. the story is very good and engaging, the narration just seems to be too much in a number of places.
Reap then sow.
I want to read more books by this auteur
Yes, each character was developed well. The story was a moral tale.
I did not.
I would recommend this book.
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