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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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In The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte created a strong, modern heroine who challenged the prevailing morals and politics of the Victorian era.

When Helen Graham shut her bedroom door on her abusive, drunken husband, it was a door-slam heard around the world. Escaping to Wildfell Hall after a loveless marriage, Helen, our mysterious tenant, lives in quiet seclusion, while her reclusive nature quickly becomes the subject of local gossip.

Gilbert Markham, a young farmer, becomes intrigued with Ms. Graham and soon discovers the shocking secrets of her dark past.

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Public Domain (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

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A performance better forgotten

It's wonderful to be able to listen to the third Bronte sister's work. It has none of the genius of Emily's or Charlotte's writing but has its own fascination for students of the novel. It's very minor stuff.

Katy Carmichael does a reasonable job but Piers Wehner sounds like somebody reading from a manuscript scribbled in inscrutable handwriting: his delivery is halting and PAINFULLY slow. He makes Markham sound like a mentally challenged poltroon. The pages he's responsible for pass like a tedious goods train trundling over a level crossing: will it ever end? It's like listening to a book being broadcast in morse code. I have NO idea what dialects he thinks he's using but they don't conjure up the far north.

A distinctly odd production from the usually impeccable Naxos team!

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Great read, great narration

I enjoyed this novel - so well written, of course! The audio was very good. I like the tone of both readers. I also like that you have used two readers for the main characters.

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Absolute bull crap

I hate this book I don't know why I used this credit. I regret it dearly.

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  • Benjamin Orchard
  • 22-06-18

Best version available on audible

This is arguably the best version of Anne Bronte’s classic tale available in audiobook format. Most other versions feature narrators that are either too old to be convincing in voicing the narrators or who can’t get to grips with the various regional accents... Piers Wehner & Katy Carmichael bring a youthful passion and vigour to their delivery which serves to enliven the very formal 19th century prose, and in giving each character a distinctive voice, are meticulously correct in their depiction of the correct accents.

The story itself has survived down the centuries for a reason - Anne Brontë builds suspense well, her characters are psychologically complex, the dialogue contains many quotable gems and her descriptions of both the natural environment and man-made edifices are vividly evocative.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 08-06-16

Beautiful

What a treat! The narrators are perfectly matched to the material, and the material itself is shot through with love and sunlight. Not to say there's no suffering: the novel contains a gripping account of a relationship gone horribly wrong, and of the ravages of alcohol and adultery. But for all that, it doesn't have the tinge of gothic horror that marks other works by members of the Brontë family. If there's a flaw, it's that the male narrator, Gilbert Markham, isn't half as mature as he seems to think he is. He's right when he says he doesn't deserve to be happy. But Helen Huntingdon DOES deserve it. She is a strong, determined woman, an utter contrast to the stereotypical Victorian heroine, and her story is a delight to hear.

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  • Chica Sueca
  • 09-04-19

BEAUTIFULLY narrated!

I was skeptical about dual narrators. Wow! I was engrossed from start to finish. Beautiful narration of a great piece of literature.

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  • MJD
  • 08-09-17

Brilliant novel

Even though I was aware that the Bronte sisters were all writers, I had only ever read Charlotte. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, although at times it was a bit religious in tone. The story is written as a letter or journal in first person of both of the main characters. I definitely would recommend this if you are a fan of any of the Brontes or Jane Austen.

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  • Allyson
  • 24-07-17

Long, But Not Disappointing

Having read some very disappointingly-ended stories by the Brontes, I was a bit leery of this long tome. I can see this as a drawn-out set of serially stories full enough of angst for any lonely soul. For myself, the narrator was better to listen to at 1.15 speed rather than the slower original. He has a good voice, but seemed a bit effete in the emphases he used in each sentence. Bronte is attempting to write from a male point of view but tends to give her protagonist a clearly female set of reactions. It is still entertaining if you can wade through all this.

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  • ilene
  • 22-02-17

Had to stop!

As much as I love the Bronte's- too much filler- I was totally immersed for the entire first quarter- after that it becomes so wordy and goes on so long it becomes extremely frustrating, I hope it ends well but I could not continue .

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  • Asenath
  • 25-09-19

Wonderful

This is a beautifully executed performance, true to the coveted Oxford Clarendon edition of Anne Brontë’s unforgettable novel.

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  • S. Smith
  • 31-05-19

Well Done

Very well done. Nice reading of this story. And for the story, I love all of the Bronte’s writing.

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  • SmartShopper
  • 04-10-16

My favorite Brontë book so far

This story about a very strong, somewhat self-righteous woman is a sparkling gem. Interesting characters.

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  • kat cody
  • 27-03-17

Unbelievably tedious and slow. Absurdly wordy

Teenage me would have probably loved this book. Now I see that 5 sentences were used when only one was needed. Ridiculously flowery and romantic for a rather dull book. whiny.

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