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Wuthering Heights

Written by: Emily Bronte
Narrated by: Janet McTeer, David Timson
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.
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Faithful & engaging rendition of a Bronte classic

AUDIO QUALITY
Rating: 10/10
No issues with audio quality here. Although this was recorded in 2006, you would think it was recorded just this year by the sound of the crisp, noiseless, and audible quality. Joseph's peculiar pronunciation is even made clear, thanks to McTeer's level pronunciation.

NARRATION / VOICE ACTING
Rating: 9/10
Janet McTeer and David Timson perform wonderfully in this superb narration of Emily Bronte's classic novel on the effects of childhood abuse, upbringing, generational trauma, love, and the damaging concept of finding one's "self" in another. Timson has the "quaint and proper young British gent" thing down pat. And McTeer may literally draw you to tears (as she did me) at some of the critical moments within the novel - her performance is so delightfully emotional. That being said, McTeer's performance of certain male characters (re: Linton and occasionally Heathcliff) are a bit too... whiny + breathy? But otherwise it's great.

PLOT (**SPOILERS**)
Rating: 10/10
"Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being. So don't talk of our separation again: it is impracticable".

This quote from the novel clearly summarizes what is at once so transfixing for so many of us who find ourselves bewitched by the story of Catherine and Heathcliff's sordid love-affair. But the discerning reader, this is also an indication of one of the novel's greatest themes - that of how impossible, contradictory, and fundamentally absurd it is to claim that one's self exists in the body of another. In all truth, it is *certainly* practical for Catherine and Heathcliff to be separated. All people, at some point, are separated from another. But this is the truth that the lovers of Bronte's novel cannot except, and perhaps it is their denial that leads their ultimate tragedy.

Asides from that, the many interwoven generational tales within this story (the family ties, the effects of the past on the present and future, how children suffer due to the sins of their elders, etc.) all make this novel far more interesting than a simple tale of star-crossed lovers.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2007-12-05

Classic

Put this book on your list. No reading list is complete without it.

Emily Bronte here offers the classic Gothic novel. Dark secrets, vindictive villains, retribution, mystery... it's all included. The tale is a dark one. It has a semi-happy ending, but for the most part the story keeps to a dark, somber mood.

I enjoyed the recording. Janet McTeer and David Timson are two of my favorite narrators, and they put on first rate performances for this novel. Sound quality is excellent.

If you are looking for a happier book along the same lines then try Jane Eyre by Emily's sister, Charlotte Bronte. I prefer Jane Eyre to Wuthering Heights, but would suggest listening to both.

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  • CindiL
  • 2007-05-16

Wonderful narrator

I had never read Wuthering Heights and therefore did not know what I was in for and for the first hour almost quit listening because the characters struck me as so odd. But slowly the characters grew on me and I felt I had to continue it just so I could find out what happened to the miserable lot of people and also in the hope that some good would prevail in the end. I guess the ending was as good as it could be based on the sad portrayal of human character displayed by Heathcliff and Earnshaw. At times it was almost painful to go on listening.
The narrator (the housekeeper and other female characters) had a wonderful soothing voice that told the story so well and I felt like Mr. Lockwood wanting her to keep talking so I could hear the full story as well.

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  • Joseph R
  • 2009-09-02

A Book of Poetry, Hard, Difficult Poetry

Janet McTeer and David Timson are magnificent narrators and perfect for Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte wrote this one sheer, magically, unadulterated book of poetry then died. Some books I wear out: Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, The Enchanted April, Rilla of Ingleside. Other books just sit on my shelf of good intentions. They reproach me. I just noticed a Wuthering Heights in cd format on my shelf bought June last year still unopened; I think there is an unopened mp3 version also. I downloaded this version just to complete my Zune's Bronte collection. Why do I avoid this book? The anticipation of pain. The fortune teller in Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict said we humans will do anything to avoid pain. There is pain in this book. There is pain.

I was struck with certain similarities (not exact) of character, behavior, situation and the need for control, between Mr. Earnshaw and later Heathcliff in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Captain Aylmer, the anti hero of Anthony Trollope's The Belton Estate, the husband of Helen Graham in Anne Bronte's The Tenant at Wildfell Hall, Mr Wemyss in Elizabeth von Arnim's Vera as well as St. John Rivers in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. How fascinating they are on first meeting and how easy the women were charmed by them. Still there was an element of simmering violence rippling just below the surface of these ordered lives. There was danger. These men will destroy what they cannot control. Some of the women in these stories finally broke free but others like Cathy or Heathcliff's wife could not, did not. There is pain in this book, a magnificent poetry of pain. The Bronte sisters knew pain well. Emily wrote this book straight from her heart and it is almost unendurable.

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  • Scott M. GRUSSING
  • 2007-01-23

Janet McTeer is amazing

Both readers, but especially Ms. McTeer, were phenomenal in this audiobook. I highly recommend this version of the classic.

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  • Amyable
  • 2006-09-10

An Emotional Classic

Far more in-depth than any movie could portray. I was rivetted by the emotions and portrayals of these classic characters. The reading is compelling. I would highly reccomend.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2010-03-21

Great

I love Wuthering Heights, I read it back in school and it was great to revisit it. The Narration being done by two people i thought at first would be a little jaring but was actually very good, both readers are very talented and create perfectly the mood of this amazing ghost story/love story/horror

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  • Heather Pollock
  • 2007-03-04

Best listen so far

Listening to this version of Wuthering Heights was absolutely riveting. Normally I don't like multiple readers but it worked very well for this production. I am left trying to decide if this is a love story or a tale of horror because the portrayal of Heathcliff as a seriously mentally ill man was so strong.

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  • Carole T.
  • 2012-09-27

Really, Really Bad Parenting!

I've always had a hard time getting through "Wuthering Heights" and still have difficulty loving any book (however "classic") which offers so few redeemable characters and so much frustration. I'm just saying - gloomy is not necessarily my thing.

But, there is a reason this has been read over and over and is greatly beloved. Emily Bronte's characters are so vibrant and so real that they engage your passion and interest, even if not your approval. No matter how many times you long to cry out "Get Over Yourself!", the story and those characters keep pulling you back in! It would be so interesting to see what Emily Bronte might have come up with had she lived to be a more mature author.

Any listener knows the narrator or narrators are key. Janet McTeer could not be better. In future, I will recommend that anyone new or returning to "Wuthering Heights" have the pleasure of experiencing her narration. She is a wonder!

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  • Shari Van Ness
  • 2008-07-06

Excellent Reading

I love the darkness that Heathcliff's love of Catherine becomes and the way this story plays out. But I especially love this audio version because of Janet McTeer's reading. The first time I listened, I literally gasped when she started reading because her voice is so soothingly perfect for storytelling. When I'm stressed and can't sleep, I love to listen to my iPod. McTeer's narration makes me feel like there is nothing more in the world but the story that her voice gives.

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  • Anne
  • 2013-10-06

Brilliant Performance of a Great Novel

I wanted to reread this because I'd first read the book when I was much too young to appreciate it. I never got around to it and knew I wouldn't, so I got the book from Audible--a great decision! I enjoyed this recording far more than I would have enjoyed a reread. Audiobooks are the ideal format for first-person narratives. I chose this recording because I'd seen Janet McTeer on screen and stage and knew what a terrific actress she is. (She happens to come from the north of England, too, so she knows all the accents.)

This recording kept me riveted to my iPod. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to hear more and see what came next, even though I knew the story! The novel has a propulsive force that really comes through in McTeer's performance. (Her character narrates 90% of the book.) If you want to make Wuthering Heights really come alive, get this recording.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-17

Un bon rafraîchissement

J'avais étudié cet ouvrage dans les années 50... et âgé aujourd'hui de 93 ans, cette relecture m'a été fort utile car j'avais oublié l'essence même du sujet. Combien j'apprécie ces nouveaux moyens techniques dans la mesure où ils sont encore à ma portée ! Merci AUDIBLE !

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  • missbouquinaix
  • 2018-10-17

Parfait

Parfaite narration pour un livre parfait : les deux voix fonctionnent très bien. À découvrir sous cette forme !

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2015-01-02

Surprising!

Though published in the 1840’s, this very famous novel is in many respects more Gothic than Victorian, notably through its setting by the English moors and its significant references to ghosts.

Its striking feature is the complexity of narrators, a travelling gentleman purporting to recount the story, in large part by quoting Nelly, a maidservant who has personally witnessed the events. Neither may be assumed to be perfectly objective, and Nelly’s actions or lack thereof certainly have an impact on what happens.

Though the characters are somewhat one-dimensional and some elements of the plot remain unresolved, for instance how Heathcliff became very wealthy over a period of three years away from home, this work is certainly worthwhile and enjoyable.