Fleeing a disastrous marriage, Helen Huntingdon retreats to the desolate mansion, Wildfell Hall, with her son, Arthur. There, she makes her living as a painter. Finding it difficult to avoid her neighbors, she is soon an object of speculation and gossip. Brontë portrays Helen's eloquent struggle for independence at a time when society defined a married woman as her husband's property.
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Alex Jennings, outstanding! Jenny Agutter, excellent. Together they bring a moralistic Classic vividly to life and make the plot totally convincing. I cannot recommend this 'reading' too highly.
read the book in my twenties. ..re read (or listened ) and still enjoyed but now I'm 20 years on anne brontes young age shows in her writing more .....enjoy hearing my fave old classics read to me tho.
Wowed. Feels so ahead of its time. Thoughtful, indignant yet tender. Passion with brains. YES.
My overall review is only 1 star and this has everything to do with the audiobook which claims to be unabridged.The narration is pleasing as far as I have endured to listen, and the story of the original book is excellent.To my disappointment, I started realising that the audio book was missing several parts, as I also have a printed copy which at some points consulted along with the audio. I stopped listening altogether and turned to the print book when I saw that Chapter 28 is almost entirely taken out of the audio book.I feel extremely cheated in my purchase and I will not recommend to anyone who's after an unabridged version of the book.
"Excellent performances "
Alex Jennings and Jenny Agutter share the credit for this beautifully narrated production of Anne Bronte's powerful novel. The story includes within the framework of a traditional courtship plot an unconventional exposure of the plight of a woman trapped in a marriage with an alcoholic abusive man.
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