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)
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.
I can see why this book was considered scandalous in 1867. It contains violence, adultery, domestic abuse, and many other disturbing facets in a relationship that was supposed to be loving. The main characters' descent into their own level of madness was masterfully portrayed by the author by switching viewpoints between all the main characters. This allowed you to see through each character's eyes as well as see how others view them.
I cannot say this is a book that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. It was necessary for me to take breaks due to the intensity of the story. Kate Winslet's performance made the experience even more spectacular. Her inflections and characterizations brought the tale to life. I will be looking for more of her narrations.
The story is gripping and difficult to stop listening to. This was a near perfect character study. Nothing says I love you like murder.
Kate Winslet reads this book perfectly. Her voice is lovely and becomes a great foil for the grim unfolding story. She was a perfect selection for this book.
This was my first audio book in a very long time. The production was flawless and Kate Winslet was a perfect fit. I am not hooked to audio books!
Perhaps lovers of Zola’s writings would enjoy this book.
Too verbose and slow for my liking.
With Kate Winslet reading it, I'm sure that it is! I have not read the print version.
The originality of Emile Zolde's take on the world's oldest tale of passion and obsession gone bad. You feel yourself going mad with the characters...(or was that Kate Winslet's doing?)
I had three....the opening stage of Mother/Aunt and cousins and her determination to stay
The interplay between characters. The psychological build up between the 3 main characters
It was an unusual dramatic story.
The murder scene and the moment when the mother hears what Therese and her lover did to her son.
Is he a dot, or is he a speck? When he's underwater does he get wet? Or does the water get him instead? Nobody knows, Particle man.
I would never have listened to this book had I not heard the sample of Kate Winslet's reading. Just those few minutes gave a sense of the depth of her talents and so I decided to take a chance. I had feared that I would be hearing Madame Bovary all over again, a book that I appreciated but did not actually enjoy when I read it. This was far from that. Yes the details Zola uses to describe his characters and their world brought them to life in my mind, and Winslet's reading make such pleasure of it all. Still, it would have been merely a delightful read had not the story taken such a wildly perverse turn.
The consequences of bad choices made out of love are taken to depths that caught me by surprise. I thought I was reading a tragic romance at first and only gradually realized I was caught up in a nightmare, and a fantastic one at that. The characters by the end of the story bear no resemblance whatsoever to those at the beginning and little in common with any decent human being, but the transition played out so smoothly for me that I marveled at it. I became both utterly repulsed by them as I was simultaneously drawn more into the story. To enjoy this story I think it takes sheer interest in literature of this period, in stories of love gone wrong, or just fascination with the twisted lengths to which the human condition can be pushed. The first two maybe still require the later. I can only say this story deeply appealed to my darker side.
I picked the book because of Kate Winslet but was also interested in Zola. An oddly contemporary feel because of the isolation of the characters. Kate rocked it.
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