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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
By: (1818-1848)

Emily Bronte’s first and only novel, Wuthering Heights, portrays the obsessive and vengeful love story between Heathcliff and Catherine. Images of cruelty and passion with an incorporation of gothic supernatural elements set the dark and misty atmosphere present throughout the novel. Moving between two neighboring houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, the wild love story turned destructive obsession is narrated by Mr. Lockwood through his diary entries.

Bronte sets the novel into motion with the arrival of Mr. Lockwood at the house of his grim landlord Heathcliff. The strange and unfriendly manner in which his landlord behaves and his lack of effort to appear otherwise, sparks a flame of curiosity in Lockwood to learn more about the mysterious Wuthering Heights. After nature forces him to spend a night in the house, his eerie experience during the night only further ignites his curiosity to learn more about its past. When he settles into Thrushcross Grange he asks Nelly the housekeeper to tell him more about Wuthering Heights and its residents. Nelly then recounts events leading to Heathcliff’s current bitter state, beginning with his childhood when he was brought in by Mr. Earnshaw, owner of the Wuthering Heights manor. As the young dark-skinned Heathcliff tries to fit in with the family, everyone grows to like him except for Mr. Earnshaw’s son Hindley, who is jealous of the affection Heathcliff receives from his father. His sister Catherine, however, becomes inseparable with the youngster and the two share many adventures together on the moors and a mutual affection is born. As future events unfold, Catherine chooses to marry Edgar Linton, who lives in the nearby Thrushcross Grange, and leaves Heathcliff heartbroken. Hurled into a world of revenge, Heathcliff extends his mission of vengeance to their innocent children years later as they face lurking resentment and animosity.

Bronte’s Gothic romance novel combines the use of extraordinary literary devices, while simultaneously structuring a captivating storyline. Vivid descriptions, a compelling plot and a complex array of characters is what maintains the special place Wuthering Heights holds on the classic literature bookshelf.


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 11, 2014
Subject: wuthering Heights
I love this! Could really get into the book and understand all the emotions.
Reviewer: - September 6, 2014
Subject: Wuthering Heights-awesome listening!
I agree with Sarah T completely.....Ruth Golding is great at reading it and giving life to all characters but she makes Catherine sound very silly and frivolous....She doesn't sound like the heroine of this great novel....
Reviewer: - May 5, 2014
Subject: Wuthering Heights
What amazing narration. Ruth Golding changes her voice with such ease from one character to another and with so much emotion. A thought provoking novel between love and hate, vengence and forgiveness.
Reviewer: - March 3, 2014
Subject: Fantastic
I've never read the book before, so I looked up Joseph's parts... couldn't understand a word of it without this recording! Well done!
Reviewer: - December 5, 2013
Subject: Joseph's dialogue is perfect!
If you look up Joseph's dialogue in the book, it's barely readable. Ruth Golding does a brilliant job interpreting his jargon.
Reviewer: - October 14, 2013
Subject: Wonderful
Ruth Golding is amazing, such great voices and emotion. My only caveat was related to Joseph's voice, as I did find his words a little too difficult to understand. On the whole, an amazing job.
October 5, 2013
Wonderful reading!
Reviewer: - September 8, 2013
Subject: Wuthering Heights
Wonderful book!!!
Reviewer: - July 17, 2013
Subject: Wuthering Heights
Ruth Golding read this amazing book wonderfully. I enjoyed it greatly.
Reviewer: - May 31, 2013
Subject: Wuthering Heights
Ruth Golding is an outstanding reader, obviously a trained voice actor...wish there were more such outstanding voice readers. My only gripe with her reading is the interpretation of Cathy's voice and character; she makes her sound rather silly and idiotic, almost like one of the screeching women on Monty Python's Flying Circus. I've always thought of Cathy as having a bit more gravitas. As for Joseph, his speech is rendered in the book as a kind of dialect, and it's meant to be difficult to understand to modern readers I suppose. All in all, this is possibly the best recording I have managed to find. As good as anything you would pay for.


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