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  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

Brilliant reading of a wonderful book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Would you listen to My Cousin Rachel again? Why?

Yes. It is the kind of book that can be read many times and Jonathan Pryce's performance is faultless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cousin Rachel?

Hearing the book rather than reading it makes it more like watching a drama and the subtext, especially about Louise's feelings for Philip, of which he is unaware, are made manifest.

What about Jonathan Pryce’s performance did you like?

His intelligence shone through. His reading made me understand the book more than when I'd read it. His characterisations were utterly convincing. I especially loved Secombe.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

One of du Maurier's best traits is her endings. She has a gift for the perfect sudden ending. Sadly, Audible always ruins this by the intrusion of the advertisment "this is an Audlble book". With a performance as perfect as Jonathan Pryce's, this is an outrage but at least I was ready for it this time because the end of Anna Massie's excellent reading of Rebecca is ruined in a similar way.

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  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of 19th-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best performance

  • By chloe67 on 11-11-15

Patricia Routledge triumphs

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-16

Any additional comments?

A tour de force by Patricia Routledge making the melodrama of the book totally convincing and gripping. I have never enjoyed this book so much and wish I could thank Ms Routledge personally. An extremely talented actress and an outstandingly intelligent and sensitive performance.