Wuthering Heights (Version 2)

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.6 stars; 384 reviews)

Emily Brontë's only novel, published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, 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.

Now considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights met with mixed reviews by critics when it first appeared, with many horrified by the stark depictions of mental and physical cruelty. Though Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was originally considered the best of the Brontë sisters' works, many subsequent critics of Wuthering Heights argued that its originality and achievement made it superior. (Summary by Wikipedia)

(14 hr 48 min)


Chapter I 15:35 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter II 25:17 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter III 37:08 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter IV 19:39 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter V 11:07 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter VI 19:08 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter VII 29:19 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter VIII 25:37 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter IX 43:56 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter X 47:21 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XI 31:05 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XII 38:16 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XIII 33:11 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XIV 25:53 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XV 25:33 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XVI 14:45 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XVII 50:49 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XVIII 26:37 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XIX 12:06 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XX 16:22 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXI 46:43 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXII 17:58 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXIII 22:55 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXIV 28:38 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXV 11:10 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXVI 12:11 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXVII 36:12 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXVIII 20:09 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXIX 18:53 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXX 16:45 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXXI 15:56 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXXII 30:34 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXXIII 26:13 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter XXXIV 35:41 Read by Ruth Golding



(5 stars)

I have read the book, Wuthering Heights before. I have seen two film adaptations. This audio version of the book, read by Ruth Golding, is by far the most profound experience I have had with this story. The reading was absolutely perfect. Ms. Golding was able to render the complexities of the characters in a way I had never experienced. I was drawn into the narrative as I tried to understand these complex characters. As the last chapter ended, I felt bereft of the company of the people in this book, and it grieved me. This book, and this audio version in particular, has my unreserved recommendation.

Superbly Talented Reader!!!

(5 stars)

Wuthering Heights is a book I was dying to read but with having little time to read and finding librivox.org I decided to download Ruth Goldings reading of Wuthering Heights. Though I am no expert, I have listened to several audio books in the past. Ruth's talent is far above average. I could not believe I ran in to this type of talent on a volunteer based recording!! Thank you, Thank you for sharing your talent with all, Ruth!

Interesting book, good recording

(4 stars)

Does this book really have a reputation of being romantic? It's all about a bratty, messed-up guy taking out his pent-up rage against the people who bullied/mistreated him, and then their children, and then his own kid, while nobody has the guts (or power?) to stop him. And occasionally he mopes over the equally bratty woman he loves. A fascinating read, anyway. I noticed another reviewer described the recording as monotone. Maybe he has this recording confused with another one? The reader struck me as extremely expressive -- she does a voice for each character, often a little over the top, but very distinctive and enjoyable.

An excellent read!

(5 stars)

First of all Wuthering Heights is a great piece of literature and I can't recommend it enough. Ruth Golding definitely did justice to it and read it excellently with enough animation to distinguish characters and not sound silly. I began listening to the audio book as I was painting, and before I knew it I was half way through the book. This is the my first audio book and I thought I wouldn't find it as pleasurable as reading, but I couldn't be more wrong. I think I'm going to give Far from the Madding Crowd a go now.

A wonderful recording

(5 stars)

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature. Many thanks to Mrs Golding for her passionate reading of the novel. A wonderful listening experience.

Utterly enthralling

(5 stars)

I spent my high school and college lit career studiously avoiding the Bronte sisters’ work because at the time I absolutely detested this genre of literature, and didn’t want to read about subjugated chattel-women who were relegated to pining away over men, which was my take on it at the time. So reading/listening to this book for the first time as a middle-aged woman, I have to say it’s an absolutely fascinating take on the timelessness of bad human behavior. I haven’t finished it yet, but I can’t stop listening. And while I still think I would have hated Wuthering Heights had I read it earlier in my life, my literary criticism training and the patience and tolerance for human folly I’ve earned with my years allow me to appreciate not only the story itself but the framework of it. It’s also helping me be a bit less critical of my contemporary citizens—people have been ornery since time immemorial, ha! Also, Ruth Golding is a veritable gem of a reader. You’d be hard-pressed to find a paid narrator with her talent. I’ll be checking to see what other works she narrates, both on LibriVox and on my paid audiobook apps.

Wonderful reading

(5 stars)

This reading allowed me to be completely dived into the story, I think that it helped me a lot to understand the story, with different voices for the different characters, the intonation and so on. And the speaker did not talk too fast or too slow (it is practical when one is not a native English speaker like me) hence my five-star grade ! Congrats RG.

(5 stars)

I have heard what a classic piece of literature this is so I thought I would give it a try. Ruth Golding does a fantastic job as a narrator. The story, thankfully, has a happy ending, although the entire body of the story is about a cruel, disgustingly heartless man who exacts retribution on the children of a woman he loved and the man who loved her, as well as anyone who ever treated him wrong. Not a romantic story at all.