Wuthering Heights (Version 2)
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|
An excellent read!
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.
Superbly Talented Reader!!!
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!
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.
Interesting book, good recording
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.
A wonderful recording
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.
nice plot, nice reader
So..... the plot was great, kinda horrifying, lotsa deaths, not ranked among my favs but good enough. I can say that while the reader was slightly on the mediocre side she probably would have been a very nice reader to listen to. However, she displeased me in two ways; Isabella and Catherine were altogether too high pitched which drove me CRAZY!!!
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.
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.