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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.

Public Domain (P)2015 silksoundbooks Limited

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Great Narration

Stevenson emulated each character with perfect poise. From all of Heathcliff's complexities to the adolescent Isabella, the novel was retold beautifully.

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A bizarre story, an ingenious performance!

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.

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Incredible Narration

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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Gotta listen!

Even if you read the book before, you have listen this spectacular narrative performance. Amazing

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On old favorite

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.

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Worth Listening for the Narration Alone

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.

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Great performance!

Juliet Stevenson is amazing! The character voices and accents are all on point. I've read wuthering heights many, many times and I picked up more out of the story from this performance.

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Juliet Stevenson's reading: sine qua non--the best

Juliet Stevenson is one of the most gifted narrators I've heard perform. And I have read MANY books via audio and have a list of favorite readers, Simon Vance and George Guidall among them. Stevenson is going into the top 5 for this gift of WH. She absolutely cleans house!

Incredible dexterity. Different voices and full on dialect accents for each character, perfectly maintained, perfectly emphasized. She gets the right tenor of a quotation whose stage directions are imparted only subsequently by the author as variously "peevish," "mewling," "savage," "febrile," etc. It's truly a phenomenal, top of the line reading.

The coherent driving energies of this arch plot come together in Stevenson's telling in a way eye reading has difficulty keeping out of the weeds tangle of detail and complex inversion. Ostensibly, the story concerns revenge by HC upon the Earnshaw and Linton family lines, and fate's final mercy in allaying its culmination. Thematically, it concerns mucho more.

Emily Brontë's text:

Now for a silly long sentence--though I say a touch of silliness should grace every sill...

The way Brontë's use of motif repetition (of ferocious canines, shocking rueful ejaculations, lanterns, rapping at closed windows, whirling wind in seeming prolepsis of what will come to Lockwood's frame in his hearing of Nelly's account of his neighbors is actually analepsis of the controlling Suzhet, the two layers interacting as the mystical power of place in transfecting the crimes and beatitude of its features into the manners and tenor of its denizens, which through mysterious implication endue even the thoughts of circumspect strangers who, in wandering through such regions, wander into their forgotten other side, which is for them a discovery via both memory and awakening: both prolepsis and analepsis...at whose crux is the realization of action In Media Res as the denouement drags the introduction back into the narrative present and Lockwood's frame (which stands in for ours, the genetic reader) again becomes fallible, the echoing of the founding motifs in Ellen's nested narrative (and those of Cathy 2, Zillah, etc. doubly nested within hers), and the great reversals of disposition and allegiance surveyed between each reappearance of one such motif, mirroring the leeward, windward pulse of supernal nature's grip upon mere wavelet plaything us, which, through these symbols accrual of pasts, awaken us as watery medium, in our quest for love and pride, through the tugging influences of blood lineage and social circumstance, trying the shadowy line between mental illness and malefaction, to the power of the boundless main which transcends both and transfigures all.

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A classic I can’t stand

I know it’s a classic, and it’s beautifully read. I simply cannot stand any of the characters. They are all repulsive in varying ways, from pitiful to sadistic. I get its importance historically, both for literature and feminism. That doesn’t mean it’s enjoyable; it’s anything but.

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Juliet Stevenson is phenomenal

Before I purchased the book I listened to several different samples and I immediately fell in love with Juliet Stevenson’s voice and how incredible of a job she did on narrating this classic novel. The story overall wasn’t the best and it is definitely not going to be going down as one of my favorite books or even one of my favorite classics, but Juliet Stevenson made this book sound magical and I would listen to it over and over again just to hear more of her voice. I am so very thankful that she has narrated several different classic novels as well and I am looking forward to getting around to them all.

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  • sharie
  • 09-17-16

Beautifully read

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.

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  • Sandra Wilson
  • 06-19-16

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!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-16

Wuthering Heights

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.

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  • anon
  • 05-07-16

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.

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  • Tracy, Sheffield
  • 03-02-18

Reached new Heighrs

Have always loved this book but hearing it was like reading a new book. Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

AMAZING

Just brilliant! Voices are acted so very well and makes for an easy listen! Really enjoyed this!

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  • Tony
  • 02-16-18

it's not like the adaptations!

great book, but not what I was expecting. Some of the key characters were complete abominations.

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  • Marina Johnson
  • 01-20-18

Brilliant!

Juliet Stevenson is wonderful! Reads characters passionately. Story is romance repeating in generations. Listen, learn!

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  • Val C
  • 10-01-17

wonderful story wonderful narrator

I loved this book. Having seen the original film I was surprised at how much more there was to the book. The narration took on the different characters really well.

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  • zomodo
  • 04-01-17

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