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Wuthering Heights

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of Audible'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.

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Not my favourite gothic...

Toxic couple ruin neighbourhood, claims local busybody. Confirmation sought from other involved parties, but their accents were found to be incomprehensible.

Joanne Froggatt was a gem of a narrator. I had started this classic when I was in high school but never finished it. Glad I finally did but I don't think I'll ever count myself amongst the ranks of Wuthering Heights superfans!

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Didn't love the story; loved the narrator

I found the story mostly dull and beyond over dramatic. The narrator was great though! Absolutely thrilled and impressed by how flawlessly she shifted between characters, carefully representing each with their own personalities. Worth the listen just for the performance.

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Classic

I thought I knew the story of Heathcliff and Cathy but there was so much more No movie can do justice to the complete story Joanna’s narration was superb bringing the characters to life thoroughly enjoyable

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Feel my heart!

The most thrilling book I've ever encountered...



Wow, I'm scared!!!

I bought this audio book to help engage me with Wuthering Heights while I study it in school...Turns out, there wasn't much need: I was very much engaged all the way from start to finish. At the same I time I personally appreciate the unique voice a narrator employs in a reading. I only found Froggatt's style to heighten my experience of the story. There is a secret sauce missing for me, admittedly , to make it the absolute best recording but that's a bit of a nitpick.

Here's to Wuthering Heights: one of the most memorable books of my life.

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  • Tee
  • 2018-09-27

A dark tale in rough country

In many art galleries one might find paintings of beautiful sceneries, people, still life etc… then there’ll be a painting of something terrible or horrific, like a shipwreck or death. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights feels much like a portrait of wrath and savagery, reflecting the rough country of the book title. It is a classic to behold, whether the reader / listener likes it or not.

The story centres around Heathcliff, recounted mainly by housekeeper Ellen (Nelly) Dean and partly by Mr Lockwood (Heathcliff’s tenant). Rejected and friendless, vengeful and savage, Heathcliff visited his wrath on those around him. Near the end of the book, Nelly reflected about Heathcliff, “… the little dark thing, harboured by a good man to his bane…” It’s hard not to feel saddened by the senseless destructiveness which spanned over 20 years and affected so many people in two generations.

The performance by Joanne Froggatt is superb, including of the male voices. Heathcliff’s voice is chilly, and it’s a treat to be able to hear her read Joseph’s voice in her native Yorkshire accent.


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intriguingly unenjoyable

Can not say I would read such an unrelentingly dark book again, but it is, perhaps, a more realistic picture of the humam condition when left unchecked. I did not enjoy reading it, but I think this may be what the author intended.

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wonderfully depressing

Until hearing the book, I thought people referred to Heathcliff as shorthand for some sort of troubled "bad boy." I'm suitably disturbed to know now how much darker he really is. #Audible1

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Fantastic!

A classic narrated by an amazing actress. It doesn’t get much better than that! #Audible1

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the real deal

This book evokes what life was like during the period. Listening to it after reading it many times was an amazing experience. I understood the book quite differently. The voices of the various characters were well rendered. Actually wow on the accents and tone used for each of them. Superb!

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  • Brad Simkulet
  • 2018-02-04

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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  • molly savage
  • 2018-10-27

Joanne does a fantastic job as narrator

Such a delightful voice and what a dark and rich story. I could not stop listening.

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  • Sarah
  • 2018-10-23

Perfect narrator

Although I have read this book several times, this experience has by far been my favorite. Recommended.

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  • Laurennn
  • 2018-09-13

Best Wuthering Heights audio book available!

The narrator was incredible. A perfect performance of a classic novel dear to my heart.

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  • Annie
  • 2019-01-07

Once again it’s a case of read the book don’t watch the movie !

The 1939 movie version, a favorite of mine since I was 14 yrs old, was definitely an adaption ! The book is much darker but still a classic! The narration was fantastic!!

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  • Bronwyn
  • 2018-07-31

Amazing performance

If you love Wuthering Heights you must listen to this performance by Joanne Froggatt. With unique voices for each character she brings them all to life. She deserves an award for this performance.

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  • Mina Harker
  • 2018-06-16

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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  • TMil
  • 2018-01-16

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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  • Aimee Christensen
  • 2018-07-16

Joanne Froggatt is wonderful!

This book is hard at first because none of the characters are very likeable! But once you understand that that is the point, you will see that the story is really interesting and well done. Joanne Froggart is a great narrator.

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  • lynne m vokatis
  • 2017-12-17

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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