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)
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.
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.
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