Perhaps the most haunting and tragic love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of Heathcliff, a brooding, troubled orphan, and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. His desire for her leads him to madness when Catherine is made to marry a wealthy lord, sending Heathcliff on a lifelong quest to avenge himself upon those who stole his only love and his life.In this gripping chronicle of the never-ending conflict between the heart and the mind - and the pain and passion of true romance - Emily Brontë created an unforgettable classic saga of love, desperation, vengeance, and forgiveness. Published just one year before Brontë's death in 1848 at the age of 30, Wuthering Heights endures as one of the world's greatest love stories and a classic of English literature.More
Emily Brontë's sorrowful story of doomed romance between two childhood friends finds its voice in Anne Flosnik's narration. The diverse range of characters in this classic could present a difficult challenge for a sole narrator, but Flosnik conquers it with alacrity and enthusiasm. She masterfully alters her voice for each character and maintains keen attention to the varied British accents. Without being overly dramatic, Flosnik inserts passion into the dialogue and vividly conveys Brontë's imagery. She captures the cruel infatuation of Heathcliff and the dramatic ranting of his beloved Catherine. Alternately, she delivers the humble narration of maidservant Nellie in kind, measured tones. Flosnik interweaves passionate lamentation with articulate narration.
"It is as if Emily Brontë could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that they transcend reality." (Virginia Woolf)
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An Excellent Classic, but Not the Right Narrator
Yes, if you want a book with plenty of character evaluation, this is it
No particular scene can be singled out
It's a book where different emotions are felt along the way.
This is a must read for anyone who likes classics, but as Joseph, the servant at Wuthering Heights, can be difficult to read if you're not familiar with his strong accent, it's better to listen to the book. When I read it back in 1979, Joseph was the character I struggled with.
I have given the performance a lower rating. Anne Flosnik would be good for a more gentler story, but you do need a more powerful male or female reader for a story like this, given Heathcliff's brutal and vengeful characteristic. I hope to try the Juliet Stephenson reading at some stage. Anne Flosnik fell short of my expectations especially in the scene where young Cathy and Nelly are imprisoned by Heathcliff, who wants Cathy to marry Linton. At the time, Cathy is angry and distraught, especially given that her father is at death's door and I felt that more could have been made of her voice. Cathy's "We will go" needs to sound as if she really means business.
- Derek Thorburn