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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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Nancy
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 04-10-12

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

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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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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Star Performance

Would you consider the audio edition of Th??r??se Raquin to be better than the print version?

In this case, no doubt about it, the audio edition truly enhanced the print version. Would that I could hear more Zola read by high quality readers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Therese Raquin is my favourite character. She's, I think, a complex liberated woman and not, as she is seen by many, a libertine. The things that she is led to do in order to sustain an affair with a man she sees as exciting, are without doubt terrifyingly immoral but given other circumstances would she behave so callously - I don't think so. To Therese, monetary gain is a far second place to the excitement of her relationship with a man who facilitates her feeling fulfilled.

What about Kate Winslet???s performance did you like?

I'm ashamed to say that I like many am hopelessly in love with this celeb so, I was surprised that when I stopped listening for The Winslett in the performance, I found that she was an incredibly good reader. It may also be the case that she settled into the performance after about 20 minutes or so.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely love Zola and, I mean, who does not love Kate Winslett? It took me about 20 minutes to settle into hearing the Zola because I was trying to hear the Winslett in the production. Anyway, Therese Raquin was a favourite when I read it years ago and this production really cemented my relationship with the writer and the novel. I don't understand why there is not a lot more Zola in Audible. Perhaps the popularity of this production will give impetus to further releases.

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Narration terrific, but story tends to drag on

Would you consider the audio edition of Th??r??se Raquin to be better than the print version?

have not read this book so don't know

If you???ve listened to books by Emile Zola before, how does this one compare?

I have not read other Emile Zola books

Have you listened to any of Kate Winslet???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Kate Winslet was terrific with her narration and her narration was what kept my interest in this book

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

no extreme reactions

Any additional comments?

I think this is probably a great book and I would have been more satisfied with it if I had read it. I just did not have much appreciation for Emile Zola's style of writing. the story is very good and engaging, the narration just seems to be too much in a number of places.

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Superb Performance!

Kate Winslet's performance is superb. She is not only a wonderful actress, but also a very good reader.

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Engaging,once I started I had to finish.

What did you like about this audiobook?

Reap then sow.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I want to read more books by this auteur

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes, each character was developed well. The story was a moral tale.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I did not.

Do you have any additional comments?

I would recommend this book.<br/>

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Fantastic! Not to be missed.

What did you love best about Thérèse Raquin?

The story is gripping and difficult to stop listening to. This was a near perfect character study. Nothing says I love you like murder.

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

Kate Winslet reads this book perfectly. Her voice is lovely and becomes a great foil for the grim unfolding story. She was a perfect selection for this book.

Any additional comments?

This was my first audio book in a very long time. The production was flawless and Kate Winslet was a perfect fit. I am not hooked to audio books!

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  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 04-05-12

Couldn’t finish it - painfully drawn out.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Perhaps lovers of Zola’s writings would enjoy this book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Unbroken

Any additional comments?

Too verbose and slow for my liking.<br/>

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Better than reality TV...a truly wicked romance!

Would you consider the audio edition of Thérèse Raquin to be better than the print version?

With Kate Winslet reading it, I'm sure that it is! I have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The originality of Emile Zolde's take on the world's oldest tale of passion and obsession gone bad. You feel yourself going mad with the characters...(or was that Kate Winslet's doing?)

Which scene was your favorite?

I had three....the opening stage of Mother/Aunt and cousins and her determination to stay