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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Michael Kitchen brings this timeless classic to life in a way that really lets you enjoy the intensity of the relationships between the characters. Your involvement in the story is total.
If you have to study this work as part of educational studies (unfortunately the way most of us encounter it) this recording is the way to make it stick in your head and thoroughly enjoy it.
Once you start listening to it make sure you have the rest of the day at your disposal as you won't want to stop!
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
Wuthering Heights is one of those classics I have always meant to read but never quite managed it, so decided download it instead. I loved the story and it was every bit as good as I had hoped it would be. What added to the experience was the beautiful storytelling by Michael Kitchen, making all the characters come to life and I felt without any dodgy Yorkshire accents!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful