מאת Emily Bronte
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- Emily Brontë (1818-1848) authored the eighteenth-century romance Wuthering Heights, her only novel, as well as a volume of poetry together with her sisters Charlotte and Anne.
- Emily Bront‘'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 Bront‘'s imagery. She captures the cruel infatuation of Heathcliff and the dramatic ranting of his beloved Catherine. Alternately, Flosnik delivers the humble narration of maidservant Nellie in kind, measured tones. Overall, Flosnik draws listeners into the story, interweaving passionate lamentation with articulate narration. D.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
- Slamming doors. Jangling of keys. The whispery, husky voice of a man on his deathbed. The anguish of a selfish woman realizing her paramour has overheard her lack of faith. The sound effects of this production create a completely absorbing experience. Appropriately haunting pieces of music connect the episodes, and the ensemble cast is perfectly matched to deliver the characters of The Grange and Wuthering Heights. The recording features outstanding performances by Amanda Root as the high-strung, na•ve Cathy and John Duttine as the dark and ultimately cruel Heathcliff. Duttine's masterful scene of Heathcliff's morbid visit to Cathy's grave is psychologically rich and truly chilling. R.F. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
June 13, 2005
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.
- Many people who read WUTHERING HEIGHTS are captivated by the core story--Cathy and Heathcliff's experience on the moors. This is as it should be, but the intensity of Bront‘'s story allows people to forget its careful construction. This recording should help correct that. The first chapters are told by Mr. Lockwood; David Timson's delivery brings out his emotionally distant nature. However, Janet McTeer's performance of the book's later chapters brings the book fully to life. She captures different accents for each character. These accents not only distinguish characters immediately, but also show Bront‘'s awareness of class and geographical variation in England. Further, McTeer's sections throb with the passions appropriate to this classic. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
- Bront‘'s treasured tale of willfulness, passion, vengeance, and redemption has never shone more brightly than in this production read by Michael Page and Laural Merlington. Page, as the hapless tenant of Thrushcross Grange, and Merlington, as housekeeper Nellie Dean, together recount the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. Soulmates from childhood, their pride and tempers separate them as adults, until the very last moments of Catherine's life. Page's flawless elocution and detachment highlight, rather than cover, the raw emotion in Heathcliff past and present. Merlington transitions nimbly among various dialects, ages, and genders, all the while maintaining the narrative character of Nellie Dean. Together the two bring balance and elegant professionalism to an exquisite work of literature. R.P.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
- Donada Peters gives a heroic performance as she reads Emily Bront‘'s cruel and emotional love story of Catherine Earnshaw and her life's love, Heathcliff. Peters's reading is so vivid the listener can almost see Heathcliff's sneer as he speaks with those he despises. Peters is able to make each character sound the part, whether reading Catherine's hysterical lines, Heathcliff's angry speeches, or Joseph's thick brogue. While Bront‘'s work can become tiresome in its bleak human interactions, Peters brings this tale of haunting suffering to life. H.L.S. 2004 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
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