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Wuthering Heights [Kindle Edition]

Emily Brontë
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

The main drama in Bronte's novel happens in a long narrative told by an elderly housekeeper to a convalescing new tenant. This story-within-a-story setup makes it well suited for audio adaptation, as Scales takes the housekeeper's part and relates the past, while West performs as the tenant and describes the present. Scales primarily uses a folksy lower-class accent, but she also makes her voice harsh and threatening when speaking as Heathcliff, the surly man at the novel's heart. West, as the bewildered tenant, manages to sound both nervous and pretentious, but his part is fairly small, especially with this abridgment, so he mostly serves to provide transitions for the housekeeper's story. The extensive abridgment generally deletes sentences and phrases rather than entire paragraphs or sections. One drawback for the audio format is the difficulty of clarifying the novel's convoluted plot and family tree, since it's harder to search back through long CD tracks than through earlier chapters of the paperback. While a little of the depth of Bronte's writing is lost in abridgment, the novel's emotional core remains intact and wrenching, and the actors' heartfelt interpretations make it easy to imagine being curled up by a warm fire listening to an absorbing tale. In June, Penguin Audio remastered and released on CD for the first time nine other Penguin Classics: Crime and Punishment, Dracula, Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Tale of Two Cities.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-British actor Martin Shaw reads this shortened version of the classic Emily Bronte novel. His easily-understood accent is appropriate and helps to set the mood. Shaw reads at a very steady pace, pausing effectively for emphasis or when his character might be thinking. Usually calm and gentle, his voice can resonate with anger or other emotion when necessary. There is some differentiation in pitch to emphasize male vs. female speech, but it is not exaggerated or overdone. The abridgement retains Bronte's words linking speech or narration sometimes from one page to another. It provides students with an easier way to become familiar with the story and get a feel for her style. Teachers could use this presentation to introduce the novel or to entice students to read it on their own.
Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising! Jan. 2 2015
By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Though published in the 1840’s, this very famous novel is in many respects more Gothic than Victorian, notably through its setting by the English moors and its significant references to ghosts.

Its striking feature is the complexity of narrators, a travelling gentleman purporting to recount the story, in large part by quoting Nelly, a maidservant who has personally witnessed the events. Neither may be assumed to be perfectly objective, and Nelly’s actions or lack thereof certainly have an impact on what happens.

Though the characters are somewhat one-dimensional and some elements of the plot remain unresolved, for instance how Heathcliff became very wealthy over a period of three years away from home, this work is certainly worthwhile and enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of all time! June 25 2013
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The star-crossed lovers whose own pride and stubbornness keeps them apart is done in a way that tugs at the heartstrings. You can find something you can relate to personally in the characters despite them being so far removed in time and space. It does get dry and wordy at times, but the emotional chords it strikes are more than worth the occasional plodding section. I think I can say Heathcliff was my first literary crush!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotion driven and thought provoking June 8 2014
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I was given this book to read as a school project but it has become so much more. Brontë toys with you, making the characters you like instantly the villain and vice versa. The frustration that comes along with reading this book adds to its intensity and is truly an unanticipated masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Brontes Feb. 19 2014
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I had read the book before of course, but I wanted it in my collection of "classics' You still get the feeling of darkness & brooding when you read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book from my youth!!! March 5 2014
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Even all these years later... this book is a masterpiece and stood the test of time... The raw emotions expressed will stay with me forever. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars just wow March 27 2014
By sbratti
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This was an amazing read from start to finish. I regret putting it off for so long! Un expecting twists and heart wrenching story lines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic March 12 2014
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A classic read that does not disappoint. The characters are complex and the details and imagery bring the time period to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights Jan. 6 2014
By Jessica
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I bought it because it's me favorite book, other than Romeo and Juliet, that is. I would definitely recommend it.
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