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Summary

The wild and passionate tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's impossible love for each other and its phenomenal setting on the blasted Yorkshire moors has to be one of the best-known love affairs in literature.

When it was first published in 1847, Wuthering Heights was greeted with a fair degree of outrage, not only for the open description of desire and disaster but for the almost unheard of method of telling the story using unreliable witnesses whose tales and points of view open out from each other, leaving the audience to piece together the truth of the story.

Only such novels as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein had previously attempted to challenge the reader in this way, and it is only in the last century that the true genius of Emily Brontë's work has begun to be appreciated.

Prepare to be as swept up and buffeted by the extraordinary power of Brontë's storytelling as Cathy and Heathcliff are by the winds of Wuthering Heights.

Public Domain (P)2015 silksoundbooks Limited

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Beautifully read

Always a wonderful text but Juliet Stevenson inhabits the characters with empathy and compassion, bringing the story to a level of connection which is unsurpassed.

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Better than any film adaptation

What a fabulous narration of a brilliant book. I was mesmerised by the story and the wonderful voices of the characters from Juliette Stephenson. Having read Wuthering Heights in my youth, I thought I knew the novel, but this adaptation has shown me something new. I remember Heathcliffe as a romantic character, but my goodness he was cruel!

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is an epic novel that I have read previously. However, Juliet Stevenson is a superb narrator who brings every character to life and made the novel real.

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Better to read than listen

I only managed to reach chapter 4 the narration is diabolical
not at all suited to any of the characters

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Fantastic story brought to life

Juliet Stevenson reads this story brilliantly. She brings the characters to life and kept me spellbound to the last word.

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Excellent reading of Wuthering Heights.

Excellent performance and reading of Bronte's novel. Would recommend for A Level students and anyone else interested in this book. Better than reading it oneself. Sleep timer and the reading speed are also good options.

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Expertly narrated classic literature.

An emotional and moving work expertly read.Each character comes alive with northern dialect interspersed with a very listenable voice.
This story with be with me always.

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A bigger story than film adaptations

Juliet Stevenson’s narration merits far more than the five stars available. Heathcliff & Cathy are far less appealing & he would be locked up (rightly) in today’s world.
A thoroughly good listen, leaving the listener with a far better “feel” for the real story.

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Brilliant

Beautifully written and beautifully read. Amazing detail in the story which makes it much better than any film of Wuthering Heights

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Wonderful book beautifully performed

Such a powerful work. It was a revelation. My recollection of the book from my youth is so very different. I enjoyed the remarks of the reader at the end. Having been a voracious reader as a youngster, I now really enjoy being read to, particularly by such a gifted reader.

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  • Teresa Castillo
  • 18-04-16

Great Narration

Stevenson emulated each character with perfect poise. From all of Heathcliff's complexities to the adolescent Isabella, the novel was retold beautifully.

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  • CourtneyWNY
  • 07-02-16

A bizarre story, an ingenious performance!

Well, Heathcliff remains a psycho for me, but having listened to this book as an adult, I see that there are more reasons than just his sociopathic nature for his awfulness. Cathy is a tragic character who did love both Heathcliff and Edgar Linton, for such different reasons, and chose the safer, reliable life with Edgar, to the torment of both herself and Heathcliff... This is beautifully written, with rich, deep characters, but sheesh, what a dark and narrow world! Juliet Stevenson is brilliant as always, and I loved her short commentary here after the completion of the novel. Good stuff.

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  • Andrew
  • 03-01-17

Incredible Narration

Juliet Stevenson is an incredible narrator and this is as good as any performance she has given. I recommend her performance without hesitation. She inhabits each character fully and gives such depth to every line they say.

As for the book, it's a classic. It's much darker than I anticipated and in places I struggled with the impulse to strangle almost every character in the book. In the end, I'm very glad I read it and enjoyed it a great deal.

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  • ali alper
  • 09-10-16

Gotta listen!

Even if you read the book before, you have listen this spectacular narrative performance. Amazing

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  • M. Y. L.
  • 19-04-16

On old favorite

Juliet Stevenson perfectly sums up my feelings about Wuthering Heights at the end of her narration. I loved and romanticized the book as a young girl, but as an adult I see the tragic selfishness of the couple that leads to so much misery. Stevenson does s beautiful job as narrator.

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  • Summer Layne
  • 24-04-16

Worth Listening for the Narration Alone

I'm not a big fan of Wuthering Heights ... for me, the story is, for lack of a better term, a "downer" as we said back in the day - lol. The overriding theme of malevolence and cruelty is woven through every chapter, and the only real redemption, from my perspective, are the finely-drawn and sometimes amusing characters.

However, to listen to Juliet Stevenson narrate this work is to be lifted out of our surroundings. Each character is given his/her own voice and accent - they come to life in such a way that I feel as though I'm attending a theatrical performance. Her dialects are spot on ... Joseph, Heathcliff's servant, is highly amusing when brought to life by Ms. Stevenson.

In any case, if you're new to Wuthering Heights, stay with it - after the first chapters the narration will draw you in, and hold you captive.

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  • Mary Brickmeier
  • 04-01-18

Juliet Stevenson is phenomenal

Before I purchased the book I listened to several different samples and I immediately fell in love with Juliet Stevenson’s voice and how incredible of a job she did on narrating this classic novel. The story overall wasn’t the best and it is definitely not going to be going down as one of my favorite books or even one of my favorite classics, but Juliet Stevenson made this book sound magical and I would listen to it over and over again just to hear more of her voice. I am so very thankful that she has narrated several different classic novels as well and I am looking forward to getting around to them all.

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  • Michael Emmerson
  • 13-09-16

Great performance!

Juliet Stevenson is amazing! The character voices and accents are all on point. I've read wuthering heights many, many times and I picked up more out of the story from this performance.

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  • David
  • 11-01-19

A Gothic Classic

Full credit to Stevenson for bringing all of the characters of this Gothic Classic to life. She devotes herself, stays in character, makes each of the voices distinct, and has a consistent pace. Bronte's world, all of the elements which are blended together, help make a world full of atmosphere. However many of the characters are not sympathetic, and despite some beautiful language come off as thoroughly unpleasant. While compelling sometimes, and understanding it to be the style of the day, it felt slightly melodramatic as a contemporary reader/listener. Despite this issue, I would recommend it, if only for its place in the gothic cannon.

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  • Bruce
  • 31-12-18

Fantastic narration, surprising story

There are a dozen or more audio versions of Wuthering Heights out there. It might be hard to choose from the 5-minute samples you can listen to. Look no further; this is the one to get. Juliet Stevenson can make you believe she's anyone. She's the Meryl Streep of audio. She's faithful to the thick Yorkshire accents, but manages to make them comprehensible. Even if you don't understand every word, she makes it easy to understand what they are saying.
As for the novel, don't chose it based on the syrupy movie versions that try to convince you Wuthering Heights is a love story and that Heathcliff is some kind of hero. He's awful to his family, to Catherine's family and to his beloved Catherine herself. But that's sort of the point. Be forewarned; this novel isn't a romance, but an anti-romance. It'll cure you of any and all romantic notions you might have suffered from after reading sister Charlotte's book. But again, that's the point. The characters, with all their exaggerated frailties will stay with you a lot longer than your average romance novel.