Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2002
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
This is a dark, gloomy, unhappy novel, not for the “fun-read” crowd, or those looking for the triumph of good over evil. Early in the novel, Brontë describes the setting as “A perfect misanthropist’s heaven” and towards the end to the novel, provides the subject concerning the living conditions of one of the moderately sympathetic characters. The setting is the Yorkshire Dales. The time is the late 1700’s. Brontë faithfully reproduces the Yorkshire accent of one of the characters, which, at times, makes it a tough read (even today, the heavy brogue is difficult to understand). Virtually the entire novel takes place on two estates, Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, which are four miles apart. Liverpool is mentioned once, as is London, but they are far beyond the lives of the inhabitants of these two estates. I’ve been mispronouncing the title for decades, so it was informative to learn that “Wuthering” is “a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather.”
The novel commences with a Mr. Lockwood who is seeking a bit of peace and tranquility in a rural setting and makes the mistake of renting Trushcross Grange (which is the better of the two estates) from a Mr. Heathcliff, who resides at Wuthering Heights. Due to that aforementioned stormy weather – in the form of a snow storm – which prevents Lockwood from returning to his new rental, he spends the night at Wuthering, to the accompaniment of some ghosts. Upon his return to Trushcross the next day, the servant, a middle aged woman, Mrs. Nelly Dean, and the only seemingly level-headed and sane resident of the two estates, provides the tale of the interactions of these residents, which is almost the entire novel.
Wuthering Heights has been in the possession of the Earnshaw family since 1500. Hindley Earnshaw decides to walk to Liverpool for some supplies (it is a substantial walk!) While there, he takes pity on a mistreated gypsy youth, who will go by the name of Heathcliff, and yes, would be the same one in possession of the titled estate, and the renter of the other. How all this transpired is the essence of this dark tale. “No good deed goes unpunished,” is one cynical formulation. Or is it the fact that the “good deed” was profoundly flawed, and the abuse, in another form, of the gypsy child would continue at Wuthering? Whatever the motivation, Heathcliff is a profoundly evil and unhappy person. As are many of the other characters. Was it all just another updated Greek tragedy, whereby the characters doom themselves?
Very little is known of Emily Brontë, since she led a reclusive life. I found myself thinking about her, and the circumstances that led to her death, at an age when so many are in full vigor and promise. Was it any wonder that she would write a morose novel in which so many characters died young, often from “frail constitutions” (which seemed to be TB), and often complicated by booze and even childbirth? And Brontë seemed to have a deep understanding into the complex motivations of many individuals, and faithfully depicted them in her work. “Vexatious phlegm” is one of the apt expression from her novel. And if “revenge” is the only reason to live, what happens when it is achieved?
No question, it is a great work of literature. I’m very glad I read it, and am equally glad that I am finished with it, and the many dark hearts contained therein. Overall, 5-stars.
My only (very small) niggling qualm about the story is a few deus ex machina contrivances, such as Jane’s uncle dying at a propitious moment, when all her life she has believed herself to be entirely alone in the world. Still, it’s explained – the evil Aunt Reed has withheld the information from her.
The entire story seems very Dickensian, told from a female point of view. (It was published in 1847, ten years after Oliver Twist and two years before David Copperfield.) It has love, suspense, and a whole lot of symbolism to boot, if you care to look for it. I loved it.
As a part of my personal "Classics I Should Have Read But Didn't" series, I listened to this on my daily commute, and for anyone who finds Victorian-era novels a bit daunting, I would recommend the version from Audible.com, read by one of my faves, Emma Messenger. Her narration is, as always, brilliant.
Note: After you've read Jane Eyre, you might enjoy the genre-bending Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. The first novel in the series is The Eyre Affair, featuring Jane, Rochester, and the cast of Jane Eyre in a wildly inventive (and quite funny) alternate-reality crime novel.
This would be a wonderful mother-daughter read. It brings forward opportunities to talk about relationships - what makes one good or bad - as well as dedication, study, and a myriad of other topics that an adolescent faces. As Jane's life is detailed the unwanted child, bullying, powerlessness all rise up; so too does the consequence of standing up for oneself. The difficulties of poverty are shown and the co-existence of good people and poor characters within one school. The true impact that one friend can make, despite a brevity in the friendship, shows the power we each carry. The need to stretch and leave what you know, to spread ones wings, appears and brings the blessings and tragedies of life. Opportunities that are mixed and, finally, a happy-ever-after, without perfection, concludes the story. While Jane's insights are far too advanced for the age of her character throughout much of the book, they provide a young reader a path of exploration and the adult reader easy questions to discuss. ("How do you think Jane came to that realization or conclusion?")