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Publisher's Summary

Winner of Audible UK’s 2017 Narrator of the Year Award

In an Audible Exclusive production, Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt gives a powerhouse performance of Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's only published novel. This edition features an exclusive introduction written by Ann Dinsdale, Chief Curator of the Brontë Museum.

About the book

The unapologetic intensity with which Emily Brontë wrote this story ensures that it will forever be considered one of the greatest works of English literature. A passionate tale of a chaotic and often violent love, Wuthering Heights transcends your average romance and, with its Gothic undertones, takes the listener on a journey through one man's lustful hunt for revenge.

Believing he has been spurned by Cathy Earnshaw, the only woman he has ever loved, Heathcliff abandons the wild moors of Wuthering Heights, fervently wishing to reestablish himself as the wealthy gentleman he believes Cathy seeks. Having been successful in his ventures, he later returns to the adoptive family who raised him and hungrily seeks to punish those who once rejected him.

In an exclusive introduction written for this edition by Ann Dinsdale, Chief Curator of the Bronte Museum, discover how critical and public opinion of Wuthering Heights has changed over time.

About the author

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Emily is said to have had the most unusual character of all the Brontë sisters. A reserved character with few close acquaintances outside her family circle, Emily's dark and passionate nature is clearly reflected in her tale. Having been the consummate lover of animals and nature, in this book she also set out to paint an unforgettable picture of the stark and imposing moors that she so enjoyed walking along.

Having developed a highly intelligent writing style, Emily ensures that the listener is emotionally involved throughout and often even a little horrified at the events that take place. A true work of art, Wuthering Heights surpasses expectation with its Gothic love scenes and desolate landscapes. Emily Brontë's only published work, it stands alone and will forever imprint itself upon the listener's memory.

About the narrator

Joanne Froggatt is an English stage, film and television actress who shot to fame after her engaging portrayal of Downton Abbey's Anna Bates. Also celebrated for her roles in Dinnerladies, A Street Cat Named Bob, Murder in the Outback and Liar, Joanne has now been acting for over 20 years and brings a wealth of expertise to her narratives. Having voiced an Alice in Wonderland series as well as Audible's 2017 Thriller of the Year, Silent Child, Joanne succeeds once more in delivering an incredibly engaging performance in this unique and exquisite adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights.

Public Domain (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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Almost Peerless

I am a huge fan of Wuthering Heights. My book obsessed Mom gave it to me when I was a little boy and told me it was one of her favourite books. I mostly loved it that first time because of the ghostly romance, but also, I loved it because she wanted me to.

As the years moved on, though, other reasons made me love it more and more. A mentor of mine adored the book, and her take on it made me love Bronte's rich use of language and the way she captured her characters' voices. My own study of the book made me love Bronte's daring when it came to the unlikability of the denizens of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. And when I went on to teach the book, as I have a score of times by now (I've lost count, actually), I found myself marvelling -- and still do -- that the story really isn't about Heathcliff and Catherine and their love at all, but about the woman telling the story to Mr. Lockwood. The idea that Nelly Dean is the true star of Wuthering Heights blows my mind more than anything else Bronte did in the book (and that was quite a lot).

And I loved this book so much that I named my eldest daughter Bronte, after Emily (not Charlotte nor Anne, although I love them too).

It was a joy, then, to find such a wonderful performance of a favourite book. There could not have been a better reader for this than Joanne Froggatt. From Joseph's barely discernible vernacular to Catherine's passionate struggles with the men in her life, from Heathcliff's anguish to Lockwood's stupidity, Froggatt (marvelous as Anna in Downton Abbey) strikes the perfect note for everyone. It is, however, her performance as the narrator of the story, Nelly Dean, for which she is most suited, and the dominance of Nelly to the story means that Froggatt is able to command our attention effortlessly throughout. I have a feeling that Joanne Froggatt gets Nelly Dean. It certainly sounds like she does.

The only "audible exclusive" I've heard that has matched Froggatt's (so far) is Rosamund Pike's reading of Pride and Prejudice. As a pair, they are the two best audiobook performances I have heard. You won't regret giving this version of Wuthering Heights a listen. Trust me. And I'd be willing to bet that if you were never the biggest fan of this dark, brooding, Victorian Gothic classic but were thinking of giving it another try, that this version and Joanne Froggatt's performance will make you a fan.

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Excellent narration

Joanne Froggatt performs each character exceedingly well. Each has its own distinct voice conveying the personality.

The early 1800’s language took some getting used to, but it is a captivating story and well worth the listen.

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Excellent narrator for a classic book!

I found the narrator to being very engaged in the story and she brought the characters to life while keeping the story feeling very Gothic. I recall reading this book when I was 12yrs, but never really enjoyed it. After listening to this version of the story it was much more enjoyed and each chapter drove me deeper in to the story. Highly recommend this if you are a fan of the Bronte Sisters work. Jane Eyre will always my favorite classic novel, but this made for an enjoyable read.

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Awesome update on a classic

I never read Wuthering Heights and I came across this version narrarated by Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey fame . She is utterly amazing breathing life into this dark classic .

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Beautiful Narration!!

What a beautiful and well delivered Narration! It was a perfect fit for this story!

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Famous, revered, but depressing and characters unbelievable.

Throughout this audible book, which I selected because it is narrated by Joanna Froggatt, I found myself questioning the following: is this book so revered because it’s author is one of the famous Brontë’s and because she died shortly after writing it? I get that she writes beautiful prose and excellent character descriptions, BUT those characters seemed totally unbelievable. This book and how he characters treat each other and react to that treatment seemed ridiculous and stressful.

I stuck with this book out of desperation that it would get better, that SOMEBODY who was downtrodden or abused would figure out a way to fight back in response to their circumstances. Ugh; this was painful for me.

I agree that it’s hard to imagine this book was written by a pastor’s daughter but at the same time, the manner in with which Heathcliff torments himself and everyone else in this tale Defies logic and DID convince me it was penned by a naive young woman.

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very well done. love the yorkshire accent. not

not a very uplifting story, but the narrator did very well. I've always dreaded reading Joseph accent, but I loved hearing the reader's interpretation.

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This iteration deserves an award for the voices.

She captures not only a fitting voice for every single character but also their changes in time, mood in the moment, severity of passions, and grief. she truly understands the story and brilliantly brings a necessary life to first time readers. Just wowwed me.

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Absolutely flawless

An intemporal classic only made better by a flawless performance by the lovely Joanne Froggatt!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-18

Volume levels all over the place

Serious volume level issues whenever there is dialogue. First you can't hear a thing, then the narrator is screaming at your ear so loud it hurts. Hard to enjoy listening...

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  • 12-14-17

Bravo what a book what a reeder !!

I like to try the classics but I must say this time I just couldn’t get enough wised through it in no time brilliant

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  • 05-30-18

Wonderful performance

I'm not sure how I never got around to Wuthering Heights as it was a heartened favourite of my mother's but finally I have! Joanne's performance made the old fashioned language easy to follow and understand (probably what had put me off all this time!). Her portrayal of Heathcliffe made me so angry at him I'd frequently sit on the commute to work with a frown at his actions, having to remember it was fiction and not stay annoyed ha! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-18

Loved!

As a child I fell in love with this book I not read it in years and fell in love with it again. Joanne voice was lovely to listen to.

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  • 03-02-18

Heathcliff, Linton, Earnshaw!!!

I loved it, it was as good as I remember reading (...years ago!). Well done Joanne Froggatt excellent job of distinguishing the characters, you made my journey to work an enjoyable one.

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  • Helen MacMaster
  • 02-03-18

Outstanding narrative and a captivating storyline.

Outstanding narrative and a captivating storyline. I actually cried it was so moving. Highly recommended.

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  • Helen N.
  • 01-23-18

A True Taste of Yorkshire

I have loved this book for many years and to have it read so eloquently by a Yorkshire actress is perfect. She breathes life into every sentence and character. This must be the best reading of this story. Ever. Loved it.

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  • Sophie
  • 04-09-18

Why do people love this so much?

What did you like best about Wuthering Heights? What did you like least?

Joanne Froggatt was amazing but I hated the story... i dont understand why it is so popular. I hated most of the characters!!! It wasn't what i thought it would be.

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  • Jason
  • 01-16-18

six hours in and may have to give up.

not a bloke's book. written from the point of view of a gossip columnist's blog. the narrator is amazing and does her very best to inject emotion into the book. for me though it is very hard to want to keep on listening. it's the sort of story that should last no longer than 2 hours. I thought I'd sat through more than 12 hours of it. I nearly cried when I realised I'm only six hours in. putting it next to moby dick. another classic I didn't get along with.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-17

Excellent narration.

I could have listened to Joanne Froggart all day. Switched easily between characters and accents.

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  • Yvonne
  • 06-14-18

Great narration

Wuthering Heights is one of my go to books and a previous narration I had listened to was dull in comparison to this narration. Thank you so much for putting such feeling in to some of my favourite paragraphs of literature.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-18

Classic tragedy, well performed but bad recording.

Volume in this Audiobook varies so much so that listener is constantly turning up and down to regulate. Persevere though as the book is sublime.