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Wuthering Heights Audiobook

Wuthering Heights

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Publisher's Summary

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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    CourtneyWNY 02-07-16
    CourtneyWNY 02-07-16
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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Castillo 04-18-16
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 01-03-17
    Andrew 01-03-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ali alper 10-09-16
    ali alper 10-09-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Summer Layne Washington, DC 04-24-16
    Summer Layne Washington, DC 04-24-16
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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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    Michael Emmerson 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    M. Y. L. California 04-19-16
    M. Y. L. California 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Tiffanie Martin 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely Engrossing"

    I could not stop once I started Juliet Steveson does a fantastic job bring this timeless story to life.

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    Amazon Customer NJ - United States 10-06-17
    Amazon Customer NJ - United States 10-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tragic and Dreary"

    The story opens by showing the reader the dreary ending that awaits them, and then proceeds to drag them into a bleak and relentless hell with no hope of rescue and no likable characters to cling to for support. If you are suicidal, do not read this. If you are not suicidal, you will be by chapter 13, especially when you realize you are only one third the way through the story and things can only get worse. You have been warned.

    Seriously, this is a tragic story but the reader will find no empathy for any of the characters because they all contributed to their own misery. Some stories have a mediocre ending but the reader does not mind so much because the ride was so enjoyable. After a while, I began to hope that this book was the opposite and had an outstanding ending that made it all worth it. As I continued to read (listen), I found that scenario less and less likely. Now that I have finished, I want the time back that I wasted, and I am sad that this story is now taking up space in my brain where more important things could go.

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    NC38 San Francisco, CA 08-28-17
    NC38 San Francisco, CA 08-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another masterpiece from silksound books"

    I was really impressed with Stevenson's ability to handle the different accents and emotional states of not only the female but also the male characters. Like hearing a play. I look forward to using this with my students to illustrate accents from the north of England.

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  • sharie
    9/17/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra Wilson
    6/19/16
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    6/2/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • anon
    5/7/16
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Val C
    10/1/17
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    "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
    4/1/17
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    "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

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    Darlington, Australia
    3/7/17
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    "Not a love story. Much Deeper"

    I was amazed at the vast difference between common thoughts on the the story of this book & its reality. It spoke in reality of how tortured young minds cruelly treated can be scarred for life. Heathcliff's terrible beginnings fashioned him into a monster whose mind eventually turned insane. It's sad that his genuine childhood bonds with Cathy led to such sticky ends. So interesting to read about those times by an author who lived in them. Death must have been so real in her life. Even she died at 30. An eye opener too to "see" how people (men predominately & those with wealth), could not only get away with violence but how it was not seen out of the norm. Narrator of course was brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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