Wuthering Heights

  • by Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by Michael Kitchen
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The only novel written by Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights was originally published under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and at first was thought to be the work of Emily's sister, Charlotte, the author of the classic Jane Eyre.Wuthering Heights tells the tale of Heathcliff, a young orphaned gypsy boy, who is brought to the windswept moors of Yorkshire by Mr Earnshaw, the master of Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff's childhood there is riddled with bullying and humiliation, but the master's daughter, the precocious and untameable Cathy, becomes his ally, and a childhood fondness for one another grows to a great passion.Following a misunderstanding, Heathcliff believes that Cathy has rejected him, and he leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return after three years have passed. When he returns, now mysteriously rich, he learns of Cathy's marriage to another and vows to focus his passionate nature on merciless revenge. Heathcliff's retribution proves so destructive that left in its wake are not only his enemies, but the very object of his obsession and, ultimately, himself.


What the Critics Say

"Search no further. A masterful vocal talent has found a masterpiece of world literature to perform....Kitchen's intoxicatingly rich voice is the perfect medium for Bronte's romantic lyricism." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful Narration of this Classic

This story is just as powerful as it ever has been, and Kitchen is the perfect narrator. People looking for a sweet love story should go to "Pride & Prejudice", this book is about the destructive power of love, not the redeeming power of it. Love destroys Heathcliff and Catherine and everyone in their lives, and it's a beautiful story in its gothic horror.
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- Alicia

Unsentimentally challenging

Let me say first that although I have seen a couple of the filmed versions of this classic, I have never been able to make it through the text. Seeing it narrated by Michael Kitchen invited me to try the book again, and as I had hoped, his elegant reading got me through to the end.

This is a very difficult book for those who approach it expecting grand romance. This is a tragedy born of selfish obsession and revenge. If you expect to see the tormented devotion of Laurence Olivier’s Heathcliff, go back to the movies. Bronte gave him no such sentimentality or romance. He is steely hard in his determination to wreak vengeance on Hindly for his mistreatment, and on Cathy for abandoning him for the soft life as a rich man’s wife. These three primary characters lead wreaking ball lives that resonate into the next generation so that even their children are unloved pawns of their parents’ ruined lives.

How does this grim tale survive as a classic? I believe it’s because as we get deeper into the stories of the second generation we find (finally) some hope and redemption. There is hope for nature to triumph over nuture even when that nurturing has been so dreadfully toxic. It’s also helpful that Bronte knows how to write eloquently, communicating the bleakness of the moors as a co-conspirator in the creation of the hard natures of those who inhabit this land. Kitchen’s reading struck all the right notes. If you want to tackle this challenging story, I highly recommend selecting this version.
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- Janice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios