The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Original 1848 Edition)


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(4.7 stars; 55 reviews)


When Helen Graham moves into old Wildfell Hall with her little son Arthur, the rustic neighborhood comes alive with gossip and speculation, particularly when saturnine Mr. Lawrence (who bears an uncanny resemblance to the child) begins to visit her clandestinely. Local gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham falls in love with her almost against his will, despite rumors that she supports herself by the work of her hands and can give no account of her origins. Only when her diary comes into Markham’s hands do we find out why she has so exiled herself. As the chapters of the diary unfold, explicit scenes of adultery, seduction, and debauchery show why the novel was so shocking when it was first published, easily outselling the more famous debut novels of the three Brontë sisters. Often called the first “feminist” novel, “Wildfell Hall” may have been most shocking for its depiction of a strong-willed, independent single mother, for its criticism of the marriage institution, and for its many passages crying out against the unfair advantages accorded to men over women.

Importantly, this recording is based on the original 1848 Newby edition, not on the later, badly-mutilated version that mystifyingly continues to be the basis for modern editions advertised as “unabridged.” The novel had already been suppressed after Anne’s death by her sister Charlotte but received an even more serious injustice in 1854 when publisher Thomas Hodgson excised over sixteen thousand words, dozens of “unladylike” profanities, and numerous descriptions of dissolute male behavior, turning the Hodgson edition into a pale shadow of Anne Brontë’s original, visceral work as here presented. - Summary by Expatriate

(17 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Vol. I: To J. Halford, Esq. 4:05 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 01: A Discovery 23:19 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 02: An Interview 12:30 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 03: A Controversy 18:11 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 04: The Party 19:28 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 05: The Studio 9:05 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 06: Progression 17:36 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 07: The Excursion 25:09 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 08: The Present 11:23 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 09: A Snake in the Grass 24:49 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 10: A Contract & a Quarrel 10:39 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 11: The Vicar Again 10:35 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 12: A Tête–à–tête & a Discovery 21:48 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 13: A Return to Duty 9:58 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 14: An Assault 15:09 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 15: An Encounter & Its Consequences 17:41 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 16: The Warnings of Experience 26:54 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 17: Further Warnings 17:56 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 18: The Miniature 27:11 Read by Expatriate
Vol. I, Ch. 19: An Incident 13:24 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 01: Persistence 17:29 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 02: Opinions 10:15 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 03: Traits of Friendship 34:07 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 04: First Weeks of Matrimony 12:19 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 05: First Quarrel 18:15 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 06: First Absence 25:46 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 07: The Guests 9:05 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 08: A Misdemeanour 14:46 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 09: Parental Feelings 8:43 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 10: The Neighbour 21:03 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 11: Domestic Scenes 28:51 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 12: Social Virtues 33:06 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 13: Comparisons: Information Rejected 29:53 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 14: Two Evenings 28:27 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 15: Concealment 11:20 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 16: Provocations 13:47 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 17: Dual Solitude 11:45 Read by Expatriate
Vol. II, Ch. 18: The Neighbour Again 24:46 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 01: The Injured Man 24:13 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 02: A Scheme of Escape 31:21 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 03: A Misadventure 10:16 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 04: "Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast" 17:03 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 05: A Reformation 11:10 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 06: The Boundary Past 15:10 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 07: The Retreat 18:55 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 08: Reconcilation 34:27 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 09: Friendly Counsels 15:43 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 10: Startling Intelligence 28:36 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 11: Further Intelligence 13:12 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 12 24:07 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 13: Doubts & Disappointments 23:23 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 14: An Unexpected Occurrence 21:34 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 15: Fluctuations 16:20 Read by Expatriate
Vol. III, Ch. 16: Conclusion 28:51 Read by Expatriate

Reviews

(5 stars)

Patriot has done a fantastic job reading this story. I have listened to several other books that he has read, and he never fails to deliver. I recommend listening to this original Version, as it was deemed so risqué in 1848, that future publications edited out the “risqué” parts (not so risqué today), no doubt ruining the tale. Anne Bronte details faith enduring through narcissism, addictions, emotional abuse and shame. She depicts suffering that produces perseverance that produces character that finally produces hope. The ending does not disappoint.

A very pleasant surprise

(5 stars)

At rhe start of this one, I thought I wasn't going to finish it. I'm glad I didn't quit. A good lesson on listening very closely to subtle clues about the one we are thinking to marry.

Thank-you, Expatriate.

(5 stars)

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Excellent Reading

(5 stars)

Without a doubt, my favourite Brontë novel. Expatriate does a phenomenal job of reading it well and evoking the rich imagery. Highly recommended.

wonderful!

(5 stars)

Expatriate has a nice speaking voice—great narration. The story was very compelling too.

(5 stars)

A beautiful and thrilling book beautifully read by Expatriate of Bangor Maine. Thank you.

(5 stars)

Great reader! Definitely chose this version!

Excellent reading and very good story.

(5 stars)