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Thérèse Raquin Audiobook

Thérèse Raquin

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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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    cepratt 04-19-12
    cepratt 04-19-12
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    "Kate Winslet has a smooth storytelling voice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thérèse Raquin to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think I have one


    What about Kate Winslet’s performance did you like?

    I found her storytelling voice to be calm, smooth, soothing, and relaxing.


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

    When Therese Raquin came to life when she first met and got involved with her lover


    Any additional comments?

    You have Kate Winslet's wonderful storytelling voice to thank for me sighning up for audible.com :)

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    John Austin, TX, United States 04-16-12
    John Austin, TX, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Too Much of aGood Thing"

    Zola's novel is gritty, dramatic, and highly interesting in its portrayal of the deprivations experienced by its out-of-luck characters and the emotional turmoil their situations produce. But Zola seems especially interested in exposing us to every twist and turn in the guilt and cruelty that ultimately destroys nearly every vestige of their humanity. I could have done with 20% less of this novel. However, Kate Winslett's brilliant reading made up for a lot.

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    MonicaDC Arlington, VA, United States 04-15-12
    MonicaDC Arlington, VA, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wanted it be over"

    Great character portrayal. But the story is so dismal, and the characters so unlikeable that it became miserable to endure. Much like all of their lives. I guess that was Zola's point. But the last half was tough going. Winselt is excellent but cannot overcome the oppressive story.

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    lisa metairie, LA, United States 04-12-12
    lisa metairie, LA, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Kate Winslet is so fantastic as a narrator!!"

    Kate Winslet is a wonderful narrator. She does a fantastic job with this beautifully written book!

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    Donna A Massachusetts 04-11-12
    Donna A Massachusetts 04-11-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Longest 8 hours"

    My incentive in purchasing this audiobook was because Kate Winslet was narrating and had loved the book. The story takes place in France during the 19th century and centers on Therese Raquin who is forced into an unhappy marriage to her sickly cousin Camille. They live with Camille???s mother and overbearing Aunt. Therese has a torrid love affair with Laurent, Camille???s childhood friend. This love affair leads to murder, jealousy and guilt.



    The recording is about 8 hours of which I thought would never end. After the murder of Camille (which is about 4 hours into the story) it is constant repetitiveness between Laurent and Therese of being haunted by the Camille to the point of driving them both mad and hatred for each other.



    The narration of this book was superb and the only reason I got through this book ??? the story itself did nothing for me. I do wish I could have collected a dollar each time the author called Camille the "drown man"

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    Deanna 04-11-12
    Deanna 04-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Kate Winslet is incredible with the narration"
    Where does Thérèse Raquin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my top listens due to Kate Winslet's narration. Enjoyed the book overall.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The glimpse into another period in time and how that shapes the outcome.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lovers torment


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    Saralena 04-10-12
    Saralena 04-10-12

    I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.

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    "Very dark, but riveting!"
    Would you listen to Thérèse Raquin again? Why?

    I might at a later date. It is kind of depressing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kate Winslet's performance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the dominos playing scenes.


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

    It made me angry mostly, because of the stupidity of some of the characters.


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    Nancy Tampa, FL, United States 04-10-12
    Nancy Tampa, FL, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Was hoping for more"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love Kate Winslett! She didn't disappoint, but the book was agonizingly depressing!


    Has Thérèse Raquin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes!


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

    She paints a picture with her voice and words.


    Did Thérèse Raquin inspire you to do anything?

    What.....think twice about killing my husband????


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I'd known more about the subject matter before buying!

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    Jane Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-09-12
    Jane Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-09-12

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    "outstanding!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a classic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thérèse Raquin?

    When Therese and Laurent let out their secret to their Aunt.


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

    She is an outstanding reader and it was better than going to see a movie.


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

    Yes - all of it.


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    KDFritts 04-09-12
    KDFritts 04-09-12

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    "Sooooo Depressing!"
    What would have made Thérèse Raquin better?

    This tragic account of love, yearning, loss, murder which culminates in horrific sado-masochistic behavior (abuse). It was disturbing yet oddly compelling. The overall revue would be to spend your time in a better place than with The Raquins. Ugh!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Emile Zola again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorites in a book that was 'barely bearable'.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Certainly written with prose. One could feel the dank oppressiveness and deep sadness of the situation. The skill of the writer and the times were reflected well.


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