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Wuthering Heights

Narrated by: Janet Paulson
Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Summary

"Wuthering Heights" is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte.

The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centers (as an adjective, "wuthering" is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.
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Suicide

Impossible to listen to this version. Narrator sounds seriously depressed. The more I listened the more irritable and miserable I became. I tried several times but in the end I just couldn't bear it any longer. I can only assume that Audible don't bother to check the recording narrate on classic books..

Do yourself a favour and give this a miss. I would have given it no stars if I could.

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Dreary

Why is the title of the book and the reader's name read out at the end of every chapter? Would not recommend the book n general although it is a classic. The perfrmance is dreary - I suppose that matches the story!

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Narrator has a voice not suited to listening to!

Narrator was terrible and couldn't carry an accent at all. It was truly cringeworthy. Ouch.

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Outstanding value

For 78p this is a very good audiobook. You need to run it at 1.25x speed at least, if not 1.5x; also Heathcliffe sounds a bit odd and the actor's voice for Cathy is a bit shrill and grating. Otherwise, a great performance of a classic book.

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Great book, mixed quality of narration

I’m not going to review the book itself except to say it’s a classic.

The narration on this book is of mixed quality. The reader’s normal reading voice is soothing and easy to listen to but when she goes into character as Catherine it is very grating.

I also found it a bit irritating that every chapter was introduced with the full name of the book and other information which spoils the flow of the book.

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Excellent

Narrator is excellent... a truly gripping and thought provoking story... you will find it hard to stop listening from chapter 1

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Thank you Emily Bronte

Plus many more thanks to the reader Janet Paulson and also Audible I really enjoyed this experuence.

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  • TraciQ
  • Smyrna, Tennessee
  • 20-04-18

Great novel!

Loved it! Wish she wrote more however this is her only novel. Didn't want it to end.

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Wuthering heights

Sorry but I would not recommend this book. My favourite novel ruined. The narrator was terrible and kept putting on very distracting and frankly silly voices. Couldn't listen it through.

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Bargain

I only paid 78p for this, and it was well worth it for hours of entertainment. Yes, the narrator is a little dreary, but so is the whole book!
I've posted a more detailed review on my website, but in general I recommend this version of the audiobook. The narrator is pretty good at the different voices and accents and my main issue with it is how depressing the story itself is. Everyone in this book is a grade a git, and they spend all their time pretty much being horrible to one another.
It's a good listen but I much prefer Jane Eyre as the ending was less bleak.

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  • Ben
  • 28-10-17

Don't pay for this.

This is lifted directly from a public domain site LibriVox. This is an amateur volunteer recording that can be found for free on many sites.

Story is marvelous as always so either go do this version for free elsewhere or shell out for a quality reading on Audible.

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  • careybou
  • 14-05-18

This is a rip off from the free Libravox site

This is directly taken from Libravox. No credit is given to the actual narrator on the cover or description

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  • ProjectMary
  • 24-08-18

Not Janet Paulson

This was not narrated by Janet Paulson as indicated. Rather it was read by Ruth Golding, who does a wonderful job in telling this tale. She was able to give voice to each character, such that I could tell one from another. This added life and veracity to the story, and allowed me to picture it all quite clearly in my mind.

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  • Sassy666
  • 22-08-18

Strange production of the chapter endings

Wondering why it was necessary to end each chapter with the name of the narrator.

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  • Amanda Davis
  • 02-06-18

Terrible narration!

Get the Joanne Froggatt version; this one was whiney and made me hate the book.

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  • bkcpje
  • 04-11-17

Loved the Narration, Didn't enjoy the book as much

While I certainly didn't dislike the book by any means, It was the very odd occasion that I actually liked the various movie versions better than the book. I felt that there weren't any redeeming qualities for the characters. The book portrayed both Cathy and Heathcliff as intolerable people, which made it hard to even care or have a heartfelt feeling for their hardships at all. Actually, it was hard not to just hate them altogether. At least in the movie(s), you got a glimpse of their childhood friendship, as well as their passionate love as teenagers, and even bit of their good natured side (even if it was only a TINY glimpse for heathcliff), but it made you at least have some heart for them and empathy for their agony. It was hard to feel anything at for any of the characters in the book...except for Nellie and Edgar, which is natural I suppose, but I do feel like the book could have allowed for more feeling for the two star crossed lovers.

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  • Mia
  • 30-09-18

Narrator was so annoying that I stopped listening

Drab and shrill. Ok, Wuthering Heights is a dark story with no real happiness but the narrator took it to new lows. Why on earth Janet Paulson (narrator) had to declare her name at the end of each chapter was incredibly distracting!! Her presentation of one of the characters in particular, was so shrill I had to fast forward!!! I couldn't take anymore of Cathy sick in bed and stopped listening as the overkill shrieking of the narrator was more than I could take on already drab, boring story telling. I will never again listen to the woman.
The book is a 'classic' but the lack of any sympathetic characters (at least up to the part I heard many hours in) made this a very disposable title.

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  • Mary Ellen
  • 05-12-18

oh my

The story is very good but the characters as people are just the worst. Heathcliff is basically a monster

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  • Michaela
  • 26-11-18

Classic Epic Story

this was a great story but much darker than I remember. very well written but a little hard to get through as it is such a negative story line

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  • Cattrina
  • 26-11-18

great book

I enjoyed this story very much. Heathcliff and Catherine are finally together to frolic on the moors.