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Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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Fantastic, wonderfully story !

If you appreciate a story that makes you relate to believable , bring you back to a time of true love,this is the book for you.

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Great novel.

Stick with it while the author delicately and elaborately lays the groundwork and backdrop for this marvelous and intimate experience in the lives of these characters. The development pays off and the story gains momentum. Beautiful story.

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Disappointing narration

I love gothic romances, and being disabled, I depend on audible for my reading pleasure. This specimen however was extremely disappointing. The narrator determined that to add drama all she had to do was talk faster or louder. She mispronounced so many words it was distracting. Her reading was clipped and without any true passion. I would advise this director in the future to go over pronunciation of words( some as simple as pronouncing draught-the Brittish spelling of draft-as drought. The meaning being the exact opposite of the author's intent) prior to recording the book.

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Most entertaining

Liked it. the narrator was engaging. However, some times it was a bit wordy, if one could use the term... :-)

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Fantastic book

I loved this book and the narrater it was awsome. It is sad that other say that the narrator is bad i think she makes the book.

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Mostly dismal story, unremarkable performance

It seems that I have established a pattern with Bronte... As when I have last read the novels by the other sisters, the reading if this took me three times longer than it aught to have. It was slow to get into, and remained that way for much of the first half - and even when I did finally become more interested, I was never so gripped that I couldn't put it down nor was I tempted to do nothing but read hour hours at a stretch as is typical of me.

The goings on were dismal 90% of the time, and there were few characters to like. I wasn't even particularly fond of the narrator, and I can hardly forget his violent outburst at one point. And though he repents of it, he is prone to passions, and there was something in him that I did not like overmuch. And I felt only pity for Helen much if the time. What an awful lot, and merciless cruel people bedeviled her life.

It was difficult to bear, and witnesses will attest to my indignation and horror and anger at the ingrates! I was moved to tears even, at one juncture of vile mistreatment towards her. But alas, I held little hope that this Bronte novel would leave off on any happier a note than others like it, but alas, it was a dash more cheery. Those whom we have known to be blagards and villains have met deserving fates, those of repentant or constantly good natures are seen to pass brighter futures and proportionate happiness. Thank goodness, all was set right for Helen, after she endured so much.

The performance was unremarkable. Much of the time the narrative and dialogue were indistinguishable, nor were the voices of most characters throughout, which lead to no little confusion during multi-person exchanges several times.

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Entertainment, well written in my opinion .

l was caught up in the story right to the very end. Old fashion yet modern some what. Enjoyed tremendously.

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Disappointing narration for a brilliant classic!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would wholeheartedly recommend the book, as it is one of my favourites. However, I would recommend reading it, or finding a different audio version.

What other book might you compare The Tenant of Wildfell Hall to and why?

Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey - the style and stories have similar elements.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Sarah Agliotta?

Davina Porter or have Juliet Stevenson do the unabridged version. Mary Sarah Agliotta kept mispronouncing words and does not have an English accent.

Could you see The Tenant of Wildfell Hall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It has been made into a very nice TV mini series.

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Very enjoyable

Overall enjoyed the story, definitely worth listening. Part of my decision to "listen" to the classics and glad to include in my collection and recommend.

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  • patricia
  • Woodbourne, N.Y., United States
  • 06-08-13

enjoyable listening to the Tenant of Wildfell Hall

What did you love best about The Tenant of Wildfell Hall?

This was my first Audible book I have listened to. I enjoyed the warm reading of the story (and the clear pronunciation). The characters came alive by the pleasant voice of the narrator who playfully conveyed the emotions and personalities of each character. I totally enjoyed having the story being read to me as a relaxing way to wind down my days. I look forward to downloading more brooks from Audible and from this narrator.<br/><br/>Patricia Hogan

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

I don't have time for that. Also, I enjoyed returning to the book at the end of each day so I prefer having it spread out over a week as opposed to listening to it all in one sitting.

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