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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 Is THE Narrator!

This narration of Wuthering Heights makes the novel. When I first read Wuthering Heights years ago, I was underwhelmed with all the melodrama and unlikable characters. Years later, I thought I would give it another try, mainly because I love Juliet Stevenson as a narrator. As usual, she does not disappoint. Her voices and acting out the characters really make this novel come to life. Great performance!

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Brilliant!!!

Julie Stevenson is extremely gifted with a wide range of character voices and accents to her credit

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-18

A bigger story than film adaptations

Juliet Stevenson’s narration merits far more than the five stars available. Heathcliff & Cathy are far less appealing & he would be locked up (rightly) in today’s world.
A thoroughly good listen, leaving the listener with a far better “feel” for the real story.

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  • Angela Kirk
  • 08-26-18

Brilliant

Beautifully written and beautifully read. Amazing detail in the story which makes it much better than any film of Wuthering Heights

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  • April Axton
  • 08-08-18

Better to read than listen

I only managed to reach chapter 4 the narration is diabolical
not at all suited to any of the characters

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  • Paulm75
  • 06-29-18

Wonderful book beautifully performed

Such a powerful work. It was a revelation. My recollection of the book from my youth is so very different. I enjoyed the remarks of the reader at the end. Having been a voracious reader as a youngster, I now really enjoy being read to, particularly by such a gifted reader.

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  • MM
  • 06-27-18

Brilliant!

Genius performed by a genius!

It is really quite amazing what a great actor can do for a story of this magnitude. Juliet Stevenson, a rare master of her craft, delivered an outstanding performance that brought each character to life. Characterisation, narrative and dialogue perfectly delineated and there is never any doubt as to who is speaking, male, female, accented. I was left with a sense of having lived with them. An amazing experience.

Obsession, revenge, manipulation and loss in epic proportions. The story is dark, powerful, tumultuous and at times profound. The reader is left to make up personal moral judgements between the destruction of two families that stretches over two generations. The rare literary genius is in the detail that usually falls victim to editing offers the reader a real treat. The author’s unique ability of creating unusual individuals, some of a sadistic nature, by depicting intricate characteristics and exaggerates them beyond what is normal makes this a drama more disturbing than any other. Emily Bronte was certainly beyond her years and time, mantling this book as one that should never be overlooked.

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  • Corgimajor
  • 06-26-18

A Juliet Stevenson tour de force

Every character brought to life in this mesmerising story by Juliet Stevenson's skill and accuracy.

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  • Jenny Le Noel
  • 09-19-18

Bleak heart wrenching tale of love and betrayal

I struggled with this in the begining I feel the story is so dated and alien from today. But very pleased that I preserved and re-encounted this classic