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Wuthering Heights | [Emily Bronte]

Wuthering Heights

The novel begins with Lockwood, a tenant, taking up residence close to Wuthering Heights. His landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, proves to be surly, unfriendly and rude. When Lockwood discovers a mildewed book with the names Catherine Earnshaw, Catherine Heathcliff and Catherine Linton scratched on its cover he begins to read and starts on a strange tale that proves irresistible .
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Publisher's Summary

Wuthering Heights is the story of love turning on itself and of the violence and misery that result from thwarted passion. A book of immense power, it is filled with the raw beauty of the moors and a deep compassion for the conflicting destinies of men and women. Emily Bronte lived out her life in the wilderness of the moors and died a year after her extraordinary novel was published.

The story of stubborn Cathy and wild-as-the-wind Heathcliff has been a favorite since its original publication in 1848. The novel begins with Lockwood, a tenant, taking up residence close to Wuthering Heights. His landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, proves to be surly, unfriendly and rude. When Lockwood discovers a mildewed book with the names Catherine Earnshaw, Catherine Heathcliff and Catherine Linton scratched on its cover he begins to read and starts on a strange tale that proves irresistible . .

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    Steve Denver, CO, United States 12-19-08
    Steve Denver, CO, United States 12-19-08
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    "Awesome!!!!!"

    This is an amazing Book. It is a sad story involving hate, bitterness, revenge, and love. The actors who read it are amazing. I love the use of the two actors. I Highly recommend this audio book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    B Linköping, Sweden 11-19-12
    B Linköping, Sweden 11-19-12
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    "Emily must be turning in her grave!"

    This is of course a wonderful story, but the female reader is dreadful! While trying to speak "British" English her American accents comes through again and again and is distracting. And Oh My when she tries to do Joseph's Yorkshire dialect, it is diabolical, not even recognisable as such. It's a shame since it spoiled my enjoyment of the reading

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2002

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    "I decided to read this book because....."

    ....I had seen so many people review it and, of course, Bella Swan deemed it her favorite book and I figured if a 16 year old girl could love it....than why not give it a try....HA!


    This book was a bit hard for me to get into at first, mostly because of the 18th century English language.....it's hard to go from a modern day English written book to this type of book without a bit of a struggle at first.


    Heathcliff was absolutely a deplorable retch of a human being and I had gotten it into my head that he was some kind of romantic wonderful person before I started the book so I was a bit confused in trying to work this thru my brain. Kathrine was essentially a spoiled brat that really only thought of herself and what would she get out of everything she did. So listening to this on audio and the horrible mental and physical abuse that went on.....I really was wondering why this was such a well-loved book....when the characters were anything but loveable and the story was soooooo dreary and dark.


    Well....I admit.....I got sucked into the story and I began to really look at the characters and why they did the things they did......and it was that aspect that made me start to really like this book.....I enjoy a read that challenges me and makes me really think about the story line and this is exactly what I enjoyed about 'Wuthering Heights'...I think the fact that after 80% of the book being so severly depressing and dark there was some happiness that was found at the end and that made me feel there was hope in anything that happens in your life.....you just have to believe in it.


    After having such a hard time getting into the book in the beginning and not feeling the same love of the book that the rest of the world did......When the book ended....I was in love with it.....and had a special respect for Emily Bronte having the courage to write such a novel.....and for me having the capabilities of being able to enjoy it in my lifetime. This IS a book that deserves to be loved and re-read many times. I'm glad to become a member of the "Wuthering Heights" club!....

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    carla 12-08-13
    carla 12-08-13
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    "Like listening to a play wonderful"
    Any additional comments?

    I wish all books were read like this one. It really brings the book to life. I feel all audio books would be more popular if they were read like this one. Brings the books to life. you need to listen to this book. very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 12-09-14
    Jennifer 12-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Tragic, Unsettling Masterpiece"
    Would you try another book from Emily Bronte and/or Michael Page and Laural Merlington ?

    Well, if there were other books by Emily Bronte I can't say I wouldn't try it, but as this was her only published novel, we will never know. The narrators were satisfying enough that I wouldn't avoid other books they've read, but nor were they exceptional enough for me to seek them out for their voices alone.


    What about Michael Page and Laural Merlington ’s performance did you like?

    I liked the use of two narrators for this work, as it help set off Bronte's structure, though the narration as a whole wasn't without it's flaws. I recall when I read a hard copy in high school, I was often bewildered to remember who was talking, and this solved that issue to an extent, by giving our narrator Lockwood the voice of Page, and his storyteller Nellie the voice of Merlington. The trouble still arose within Nellie's tales because Merlington hardly used any variation in her narration to distinguish between dialogue and narration within Nellie's story and Nellie outside of the flashbacks (so that when Nellie would switch from retelling speech to someone or commentary in the past to suddenly addressing Lockwood in the present, it could sound as if he were in the scene in the past). The issue eased up when Nellie's story began to catch up with the present day of Lockwood's visit.


    Do you think Wuthering Heights needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I feel absolutely no need for a furthering of the saga. Leave those poor folks in peace and take me no more to those depressing moors.


    Any additional comments?

    A classic, and well written, but tragic and awful tale of the inhabitants of the Heights. It took me so long to get through because it continuously depressed me with each new development Nellie regaled upon Mr. Lockwood. The epitome of the Gothic style, the original tragic soap opera.

    Never have I come across a more tortured and cruel soul in literature than that of Heathcliff, and while I can comprehend the sources of his motives, I have no sympathy for this anti-hero.

    It was hard to understand some of the thick accents like Joseph's but otherwise was gripping and heart wrenching... I nearly gave up hope before the end... Such ghastly episodes and doomed creatures... and though a masterpiece of fiction, I hardly think I will have the inclination to revisit such dark pages again anytime in the near future. True, the last 20 mins or so made me feel a little better for the two young folks, but still... Unsettling is the only word for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Wauconda, IL, United States 10-04-12
    Nicole Wauconda, IL, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story...okay performance"

    I bought this as a part of a buy one get one classics sale. I am glad that I purchased it but also glad that it was only a half credit. There are two narrators and they are both okay...but the editing was fairly annoying and the long pauses and odd breaks really took me out of the story. If you can look past that though it's still a pretty interesting (if dark) story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila WEST HARRISON, IN, United States 01-05-10
    Sheila WEST HARRISON, IN, United States 01-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wuthering Heights"

    I really liked this book. It was a little hard to keep up with all the characters, because sometimes there were days I could not listen. Loved the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "A disaster"

    Don't be fooled by the nice and appropriately English sounding voice of the male reader on the sample... Most of the reading is done by a woman (narrating the bulk of the book, Ellen Dean's narrative) in the most ridiculous voice I have ever encountered on an audiobook. A strange mix of American, posh English and Cornish olde worlde speak. Entirely wrong for Yorkshire, all but incomprehensible when she attempts to tackle the dialogue sections in the book (which seem way beyond her understanding even) and generally ugly and poorly read anyway. So bad it almost entirely destroys the enjoyment of a classic book. Awful! Awful! Awful! Avoid!

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