The wild and passionate tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's impossible love for each other and its phenomenal setting on the blasted Yorkshire moors has to be one of the best-known love affairs in literature.
When it was first published in 1847, Wuthering Heights was greeted with a fair degree of outrage, not only for the open description of desire and disaster but for the almost unheard of method of telling the story using unreliable witnesses whose tales and points of view open out from each other, leaving the audience to piece together the truth of the story.
Only such novels as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein had previously attempted to challenge the reader in this way, and it is only in the last century that the true genius of Emily Brontë's work has begun to be appreciated.
Prepare to be as swept up and buffeted by the extraordinary power of Brontë's storytelling as Cathy and Heathcliff are by the winds of Wuthering Heights.
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Well, Heathcliff remains a psycho for me, but having listened to this book as an adult, I see that there are more reasons than just his sociopathic nature for his awfulness. Cathy is a tragic character who did love both Heathcliff and Edgar Linton, for such different reasons, and chose the safer, reliable life with Edgar, to the torment of both herself and Heathcliff... This is beautifully written, with rich, deep characters, but sheesh, what a dark and narrow world! Juliet Stevenson is brilliant as always, and I loved her short commentary here after the completion of the novel. Good stuff.
Juliet Stevenson is an incredible narrator and this is as good as any performance she has given. I recommend her performance without hesitation. She inhabits each character fully and gives such depth to every line they say.
As for the book, it's a classic. It's much darker than I anticipated and in places I struggled with the impulse to strangle almost every character in the book. In the end, I'm very glad I read it and enjoyed it a great deal.
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I'm not a big fan of Wuthering Heights ... for me, the story is, for lack of a better term, a "downer" as we said back in the day - lol. The overriding theme of malevolence and cruelty is woven through every chapter, and the only real redemption, from my perspective, are the finely-drawn and sometimes amusing characters.
However, to listen to Juliet Stevenson narrate this work is to be lifted out of our surroundings. Each character is given his/her own voice and accent - they come to life in such a way that I feel as though I'm attending a theatrical performance. Her dialects are spot on ... Joseph, Heathcliff's servant, is highly amusing when brought to life by Ms. Stevenson.
In any case, if you're new to Wuthering Heights, stay with it - after the first chapters the narration will draw you in, and hold you captive.
Michelle my Belle
Juliet Stevenson perfectly sums up my feelings about Wuthering Heights at the end of her narration. I loved and romanticized the book as a young girl, but as an adult I see the tragic selfishness of the couple that leads to so much misery. Stevenson does s beautiful job as narrator.
Unveiling the magnificent romance and struggling expressions underneath the wild wretchedness and solitary soul, the narrator depicted the delightful yet simultaneously anguish people with a grey tongue, real agony, and a subtle nuance of satisfaction apropos of the fulfillment of reading the prevailing love story entirely at first time.
Unfortunately I have not read the print version since I am not a good reader. However, I have seen the movie that starred Tom Hardy and I quickly fell in love. He really made the movie.
The most memorable moment was when Heathcliff and Edgar Linton got into a fight in the kitchen of Linton's home. Edgar finally put his foot down to Heathcliff visiting his wife because he knew they had a secret love for each other which infuriated him. This moment was almost a breaking point of the story. Catherine became very ill after the incident and was never the same again.
Heathcliff was my ultimate favorite. So mysterious and cruel but deep down inside, you knew that he had a kind heart.
The moment where Nelly Dean found Heathcliff dead in his room. It gave me chills!
Great book and I'm glad that I finally got to read/ listen to it. I thought the story would be told by the lovers but it was actually portrayed mainly by the maid, Nelly Dean. Juliet Stevenson did a great job at bringing this story to life and gave each character its own voice and accent. Some of the accents were so strong that I could hardly understand what she was saying, could be because I am not so familiar with British accents. Nonetheless, it was great and well worth the listen. Thinking about starting it up again and making my drive to and from work suspenseful again.
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I came to this novel expecting something more romantic and not nearly so dark. In fact, the book is much more interesting than the maudlin romance I'd set myself to plow through. The reader is amazing and really brings the book to life.
Always a wonderful text but Juliet Stevenson inhabits the characters with empathy and compassion, bringing the story to a level of connection which is unsurpassed.
"Better than any film adaptation"
What a fabulous narration of a brilliant book. I was mesmerised by the story and the wonderful voices of the characters from Juliette Stephenson. Having read Wuthering Heights in my youth, I thought I knew the novel, but this adaptation has shown me something new. I remember Heathcliffe as a romantic character, but my goodness he was cruel!
Wuthering Heights is an epic novel that I have read previously. However, Juliet Stevenson is a superb narrator who brings every character to life and made the novel real.
"Fantastic story brought to life"
Juliet Stevenson reads this story brilliantly. She brings the characters to life and kept me spellbound to the last word.
"I feel proud I've finally read this classic"
Really really unlikeable characters but just demonstrates the skills of the author. This one was an easier listen than I thought it would be. I'm so glad I tackled it and felt very accomplished as I've been wanting to read it since secondary school!
The setting, the back telling of the story and the evilness of Heathcliff made this a thoroughly thought provoking and interesting listen
"Not a love story. Much Deeper"
I was amazed at the vast difference between common thoughts on the the story of this book & its reality. It spoke in reality of how tortured young minds cruelly treated can be scarred for life. Heathcliff's terrible beginnings fashioned him into a monster whose mind eventually turned insane. It's sad that his genuine childhood bonds with Cathy led to such sticky ends. So interesting to read about those times by an author who lived in them. Death must have been so real in her life. Even she died at 30. An eye opener too to "see" how people (men predominately & those with wealth), could not only get away with violence but how it was not seen out of the norm. Narrator of course was brilliant.
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