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Thérèse Raquin | [Emile Zola]

Thérèse Raquin

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.”

Thérèse Raquin is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.


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What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Mike Corinth, MS, United States 04-08-12
    Mike Corinth, MS, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging,once I started I had to finish."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Reap then sow.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I want to read more books by this auteur


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, each character was developed well. The story was a moral tale.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I did not.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Berwyn, PA, United States 04-07-12
    Teresa Berwyn, PA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful performance"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia United States 04-06-12
    Julia United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic! Not to be missed."
    What did you love best about Thérèse Raquin?

    The story is gripping and difficult to stop listening to. This was a near perfect character study. Nothing says I love you like murder.


    What does Kate Winslet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 04-05-12
    Ruth United States 04-05-12

    rtbabb

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    "Couldn’t finish it - painfully drawn out."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps lovers of Zola’s writings would enjoy this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unbroken


    Any additional comments?

    Too verbose and slow for my liking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy San Rafael, CA, United States 04-04-12
    Peggy San Rafael, CA, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Better than reality TV...a truly wicked romance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thérèse Raquin to be better than the print version?

    With Kate Winslet reading it, I'm sure that it is! I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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?)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had three....the opening stage of Mother/Aunt and cousins and her determination to stay


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia S. Luyendyk 04-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Compelling and sad"
    What did you love best about Th??r??se Raquin?

    The interplay between characters. The psychological build up between the 3 main characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an unusual dramatic story.


    Which character ??? as performed by Kate Winslet ??? was your favorite?

    Therese


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The murder scene and the moment when the mother hears what Therese and her lover did to her son.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Buda, TX, United States 04-03-12
    James Buda, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "My kind of twisted"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Til Stephens 04-02-12 Member Since 2010

    mother hen

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    "Kate Winslet captured me at the first sentence."
    What made the experience of listening to Th??r??se Raquin the most enjoyable?

    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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    Holly Southport, NC, United States 04-02-12
    Holly Southport, NC, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2012

    knitting holly

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    "outstanding"
    Would you listen to Thérèse Raquin again? Why?

    yes....performance was excellent, a classic


    What other book might you compare Thérèse Raquin to and why?

    body heat


    What about Kate Winslet’s performance did you like?

    her expression, ability to change characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no...never have time for that


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ludia roma, Italy 04-02-12
    Ludia roma, Italy 04-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Kate winslet has a great voice and a brilliant performance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    therese


    Which character – as performed by Kate Winslet – was your favorite?

    Laurant


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Madame Raquin, paralyzed who has to listen to the murderer's confessions without being able to speak a world, nor to cry, or make a move.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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