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Wuthering Heights

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
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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.

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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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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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Beautifully read!

Juliet Stevenson has a different voice for every character, making this audiobook much more accessible than the text version. My friends who have read the book said they struggled with understand whose point of view and what time they were reading at certain points but I didn’t experience this at all with Stevenson. The voices represent the characters so well and I forgot it was just one woman doing them all, it felt like a whole cast. An absolute delight to listen to.

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Listened to for book group, but not really me

Juliet Stevenson was a great narrator as always but the story was not quite what I was expecting. I appreciate that the book is a Classic but I found it hard to empathise with any of the characters, and in fact disliked most of them. But then, on reflection, isn't that what writing is about? To emotionally engage your reader?

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Powerful and haunting old story of Cathy and Heathcliff

This famous story although a long listen was fantastically read, of course fantastically written and simply fantastically everything!

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Excellent performance of old favourite

Nelly Dean, Joseph, Lockwood and all were brought to marvellous life in this sympathetic and powerful reading. The language in the book is wonderful, and the underlying menace engendered by the setting and main protagonists is beautifully countered by the humour filled narrations.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-19

Juliet Stevenson is Amazing!

Once again, Juliet brings to life another Bronte classic brilliantly.
This novel should only be read UNABRIDGED to fully appreciate the complexity of the story. The novel has so many characters that struggle with adversity, obsession, and forgiveness. I had always thought of Wuthering Heights mainly as a romance between Catherine and Heathcliff? Think again!

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  • Amy McKenzie
  • 25-04-19

entrancing

I can't recommend this audiobook enough. I never comprehended one tenth of this book's meaning until now. It's breathtaking.