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Wuthering Heights | [Emily Brontë]

Wuthering Heights

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of nineteenth-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.
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Publisher's Summary

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of nineteenth-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

(P)1996 BBC Audiobooks Limited

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"Search no further. A masterful vocal talent has found a masterpiece of world literature to perform....Kitchen's intoxicatingly rich voice is the perfect medium for Bronte's romantic lyricism." (AudioFile)

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    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 09-29-12
    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!

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    "It wasn't what I expected, I'm so glad I listened!"
    What did you love best about Wuthering Heights?

    The layers of generational issues and ending that I didn't see coming.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that the author used Ellen Dean to narrate the story and then the way that Mr. Lockwood narrated from his view and then the author handed the story back to Nellie for a wonderful finish. Made me realize that the 1800's and 2012 are not that different when it comes to family disfunction.


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

    The passion she read with for some of the characters moved my emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes!! I cried, I was spooked, I was horrified, I was angry and in the end I was pleased.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I had a hard time understanding Joseph's accent.Fantastic book and I now understand why it is on the Classic Literature list.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Harlow Fort Collins 07-07-13
    Dan Harlow Fort Collins 07-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved how much I hated everyone"
    Any additional comments?

    When I started this novel I didn't really like it that much, I was a little confused as to what was going on, whom was whom, and why I was even being told this tale. As I got a little bit deeper into it I admired the ability of Emily to create such interesting and detestable characters, but I was still uneasy as to if I liked the novel.

    I think what I was having trouble working out was weather Emily was writing a novel that was deliberately unsettling and filled with hateful people being hateful just for hateful's sake. I recognized that the characters were well written and I enjoyed that though this is a novel predating the edict of 'show don't tell', Emily always followed a tell with a much more insightful show, yet I felt sort of miserable reading it, I hated the characters (their actions, I mean) and I kept wanting to put it down. Yet I couldn't put it down. I felt compelled to continue, to discover what the motivations were for these characters, why I was being told this story, felt compelled by the excellent and powerful writing.

    And during the day when I was at work and away from the novel, I kept thinking about it, rolling the plot and situations over in my mind trying to make sense of it all. I knew I didn't yet know all the facts (in a way the novel is a bit of a mystery story) and so I just had to trust Emily to actually have a point, that she didn't write this just to be shocking but that there was true art here.

    Well I'm glad I stuck it out and stayed with this one because this is an extraordinary novel. This story and these characters are people who will haunt me till the day I die - for better or worse. These are characters who though I didn't like most of them, loved them too. And that's the real art here because by the very nature of how I felt about these people could I understand their passions for each other, Hareton especially. He loved Heathcliff and also hated him and we understand why - not because there was a simple explanation for such illogical behavior, but because it is complicated.

    The novel begins with very much keeping the reader in the dark because it would be impossible to know a family and all their troubles and their past after just a few pages (or hours in real life). In fact you could never hope to really know another family and all it's secrets (other than your own) if given an entire lifetime - the relationships are just far too complicated. Yet here in this novel Emily manages to reveal the secrets, the pain, the plotting, the love, and the hate page by page, slowly and with exquisite ability to make you feel the passage of time. You live with these people and you empathize with them by the end even of you can't forgive them because only they could forgive each other since it's their family.

    I imagine that this novel is sort of a prototype of trashy family drama stories but nothing can come close to this. Emily does not hate her characters, she shows them for who why are, warts and all, and she loves them every page without fail. The mistake too many other writers make is that they don't love their characters and just turn them into cliches to be beaten about for a few hundred pages. The most contemporary author I can think of who could match this style of work would be Raymond Carver. Carver could write about hateful people and make you love them anyway. It's a very gift in literature, just as it is in life.

    I'm not going to compare this work to Jane Eyre because it almost isn't even fair since Wuthering Heights is FAR superior but I will repeat myself in saying that the major flaw of Jane Eyre was that Charlotte made all her characters too good - they had no flaws. Emily does not make that mistake and has written a much more gripping story.

    Never have I been so turned round in the course of a novel. I went from confusion to hate to acceptance and finally to appreciation to the genius of this work. This is a towering achievement of fiction and is one of the best novels I have ever read. I put this right up with Fathers and Sons as one of my favorite novels I've ever read. I am so glad I decided to read Wuthering Heights.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carey Seattle, WA, United States 11-06-12
    Carey Seattle, WA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Easy-to-listen-to performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Wuthering Heights the most enjoyable?

    I noticed there were quite a few choices for this book, and I spent a little while deciding which reading to download. I was happy with my choice. The narrator (Patricia Routledge) was easy to listen to, and read at a pace that was conducive to the writing style.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Fairfax, VA, United States 03-18-14
    Fiona Fairfax, VA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite classic"
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    This is not one of my favorite classics. I have been on a classics reading spree lately and this one has received many accolades - one of the must read books. I was all set up to enjoy this book, but I found most of the characters to be self absorbed, mean spirited, and vengeful in nature. The only thing that saves this audio book is the excellent narration by Patricia Routledge. It was spectacular. I ended up enjoying listening to the book despite the fact that I disliked most of the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anon-e-mous Chicago, IL, United States 10-10-13
    anon-e-mous Chicago, IL, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Patricia Routledge Does Wuthering Heights Justice!"
    What does Patricia Routledge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    No-one absolutely no-one does character voices like Patricia Routledge, her vocal range is like no other i have listened to. She brings the story to life, her voice is so animated and dramatic....she does not read....she performs. If you have hated every attempt hollywood has made to reproduce this great classic on the big screen.....Patricia Routledge's performance is as good as it gets.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill United States 09-23-13
    Jill United States 09-23-13
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    "One of the best performances I ever heard"
    Any additional comments?

    There were several choices for this book. This may have been the longest but I feel I made the best choice. Couldn't "put it down" so to speak.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine United States 12-19-12
    Christine United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "You will be in 19th Cent. England with this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wuthering Heights to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the narrator. She takes the housekeeper Ellen Dean and makes her a real character. The depth is awesome in this rendition


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen KAMIAH, ID, United States 04-12-06
    Stephen KAMIAH, ID, United States 04-12-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Withering Lows"

    This book is the result of the writer's terrible opinion of her fellow man, it is positively depressing. The longer I listened to it the more negative I realized the writer was determined to make the reader feel. It just goes on and on with a harrowing tale about two extremely sick human beings. The Question remained in my mind long after the tale was told: "why tell it at all?" I never got the point.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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