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Publisher's Summary

"Wuthering Heights" is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte.

The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centers (as an adjective, "wuthering" is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.
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Don't pay for this.

This is lifted directly from a public domain site LibriVox. This is an amateur volunteer recording that can be found for free on many sites.

Story is marvelous as always so either go do this version for free elsewhere or shell out for a quality reading on Audible.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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This is a rip off from the free Libravox site

This is directly taken from Libravox. No credit is given to the actual narrator on the cover or description

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved the Narration, Didn't enjoy the book as much

While I certainly didn't dislike the book by any means, It was the very odd occasion that I actually liked the various movie versions better than the book. I felt that there weren't any redeeming qualities for the characters. The book portrayed both Cathy and Heathcliff as intolerable people, which made it hard to even care or have a heartfelt feeling for their hardships at all. Actually, it was hard not to just hate them altogether. At least in the movie(s), you got a glimpse of their childhood friendship, as well as their passionate love as teenagers, and even bit of their good natured side (even if it was only a TINY glimpse for heathcliff), but it made you at least have some heart for them and empathy for their agony. It was hard to feel anything at for any of the characters in the book...except for Nellie and Edgar, which is natural I suppose, but I do feel like the book could have allowed for more feeling for the two star crossed lovers.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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No fairytale. The ending may leave you melancholy.

A great book, but a terrible, gut wrenching story. Virtually no flash of happiness from start to finish. It seems to me that all classic literature I've read, no matter how sad or horrific, has a uplifting or happy conclusion, even A Tale of Two City's. Not this one. At the conclusion, I just felt a sadness, for the characters, that made it hard to believe this was a fictitious story.
This was the only book that has ever compelled me to leave a review.

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Lots of whining

The performance made it sound like every character was in a perpetual state of whining. I stopped listening.

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Not Janet Paulson

This was not narrated by Janet Paulson as indicated. Rather it was read by Ruth Golding, who does a wonderful job in telling this tale. She was able to give voice to each character, such that I could tell one from another. This added life and veracity to the story, and allowed me to picture it all quite clearly in my mind.

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Strange production of the chapter endings

Wondering why it was necessary to end each chapter with the name of the narrator.

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Pretty good

I liked the book. I pictured it being grey and overcast the entire time, that was the effect this story had on my imagination I guess, which was interesting because I watch the newest film rendition and it was portrayed the same way. Perhaps I'm missing something from the description...
I gave 3 stars because I like it, but somehow something held me from loving it. Perhaps the fact that Heathcliff turned into a monster and Cathy was kind of a b... but I suppose that's realistic given the circumstances.

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  • David
  • Trinity, AL, United States
  • 08-02-18

Just not my preference

This was probably the hardest book to complete that I have ever listened to. Perhaps others find it engaging, but I found it very long and drawn out. A love story....maybe...but just not a book for my taste.

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a story more adequately split

the narrator performed very well; however, there were two plot lines and two love stories, and I thought the book was about to end, when really I was only half way through

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  • EM
  • 09-11-17

Suicide

Impossible to listen to this version. Narrator sounds seriously depressed. The more I listened the more irritable and miserable I became. I tried several times but in the end I just couldn't bear it any longer. I can only assume that Audible don't bother to check the recording narrate on classic books..

Do yourself a favour and give this a miss. I would have given it no stars if I could.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. Peter H
  • 12-05-17

Dreary

Why is the title of the book and the reader's name read out at the end of every chapter? Would not recommend the book n general although it is a classic. The perfrmance is dreary - I suppose that matches the story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dougie O
  • 07-29-18

Excellent

Narrator is excellent... a truly gripping and thought provoking story... you will find it hard to stop listening from chapter 1

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  • llewellyn lewis
  • 07-15-18

Thank you Emily Bronte

Plus many more thanks to the reader Janet Paulson and also Audible I really enjoyed this experuence.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-18

Great novel!

Loved it! Wish she wrote more however this is her only novel. Didn't want it to end.

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  • Arforrabbit
  • 03-28-18

Narrator has a voice not suited to listening to!

Narrator was terrible and couldn't carry an accent at all. It was truly cringeworthy. Ouch.

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  • M. Smith
  • 03-05-18

Wuthering heights

Sorry but I would not recommend this book. My favourite novel ruined. The narrator was terrible and kept putting on very distracting and frankly silly voices. Couldn't listen it through.

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  • Steven A. McKay
  • 02-24-18

Bargain

I only paid 78p for this, and it was well worth it for hours of entertainment. Yes, the narrator is a little dreary, but so is the whole book!
I've posted a more detailed review on my website, but in general I recommend this version of the audiobook. The narrator is pretty good at the different voices and accents and my main issue with it is how depressing the story itself is. Everyone in this book is a grade a git, and they spend all their time pretty much being horrible to one another.
It's a good listen but I much prefer Jane Eyre as the ending was less bleak.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-05-18

A good rendition

Janet Paulson's narration is of the highest competence with a good depiction of class differences and dialect. My only criticism is that some of the connecting material is narrated in flat, neutral manner which I found grating.

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  • Lady Fuchsia
  • 11-17-17

An old favourite.

This is probably my all time favourite novel. I've read it many times, always finding something new in it. I much enjoyed having it read to me, especially while out rambling on the cliffs or in the lanes where I live. Very atmospheric. Overall the narrator was very good. Her accent was not bad at all and I appreciated her attempts at differentiation between characters. However. I found the reading of dialogue to be too slow and passionless. Her voices for Cathy and Catherine were actually quite annoying unfortunately. There was no fire or thunder. But her voice for Nellie Dean, the main narrator,was excellent, and her depiction of Joseph was most enjoyable. Overall a good job done.

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