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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily Brontë Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780307736543
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Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw.

Published in 1847, the year before Emily Bronte's death at the age of 30, Wuthering Heights has proved to be one of the nineteenth century's most popular yet disturbing masterpieces. The windswept moors are the unforgettable setting of this tale of the love between the foundling Heathcliff and his wealthy benefactor's daughter, Catherine. Through Catherine's betrayal of Heathcliff and his bitter vengeance, their mythic passion haunts the next generation even after their deaths. Incorporating elements of many genres - from gothic novels and ghost stories to poetic allegory - and transcending them all, Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful tour de force.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tristan | 2/20/2014

    " While this is a work of literary genius, I don't see how everyone is in love with it! Did we read the same book? This is not a love story. Love is not abusive or insane. Nor do I prefer to read about perverted human ideals for pleasure. I can live my own dysfunctional crazy life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecilia | 2/15/2014

    " I read this when I was really young and I remember that I didn't much like it. Perhaps I should give it a another shot now that I'm older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savita Sharma | 2/11/2014

    " Can read it time and again...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Pucci | 2/9/2014

    " I love this book. Tried to get the Green Haven Book CLub to love it along with me but only one of them was willing. This is a powerful novel about how an osessive love and destroy the lovers and everyone around them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy K. | 2/2/2014

    " At first, I was hesitant to peruse this novel due to one prime reason. It was a love story. Personally, that wasn't really in my "genres-I-love-list". However, after I completed the book, I realized that I was glad that I had given it a try. Emily Bronte had really put a lot of thought into "Wuthering Heights", more than anyone could ever imagine. "Wuthering Heights" wasn't just a mere love story that made the audience feel warm and cozy inside. It was a tale of revenge. In another sense, also a tragedy. Most of the acts the characters committed were out of spite and retribution. Due to this "contradiction of genres" (love and revenge), the relationships, the thoughts, and the attributes of all the characters were really interesting and engaging to analyze and to think about. The only reason why "Wuthering Heights" wouldn't appear on my favorites list, is because it reminds me of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. If a novel reminds me of another novel, it personally means it isn't unique enough. In other words, "Wuthering Heights" was like a contemporary "Romeo and Juliet" with a lot less romance and bloodshed. Of course it had its own twist and turns, but I wouldn't be surprised if Emily Bronte got her inspiration from "Romeo and Juliet". Despite what I said, I think people should still give this book a shot since the character development in "Wuthering Heights" was intriguing unlike the plot. I strongly recommend this book to people who liked "Romeo and Juliet". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/29/2014

    " I know it's a Great Work, but really--all of these characters deserved to be miserable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Cohen | 1/25/2014

    " Just stupendous. Blew me away. A romance like no other... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 1/25/2014

    " One of my favourite books. Romantic, tragic & historic all in one. I could read it over & over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 1/17/2014

    " This is another book that is perfect for wallowing in angst. The romance & pathos of it all.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dev | 1/16/2014

    " The most touching love story with out the artificial sophistication portraying the passion and vigor of intense and self consuming love "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 1/14/2014

    " Good plot but I just can't take this style of writing. Sorry Bronte, I'm sure someone else appreciates it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/14/2013

    " This book was random, crazy, and weird. And I loved it. So, so much. I was in an almost constant state of confusion for the whole book, and then it all came together to close with an ending that I did not anticipate for its sheer brilliance. Well done Emily, you outshine your sisters to this day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Applewhite | 12/3/2013

    " I remember liking this book in high school. Time for a re-read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aviva | 11/26/2013

    " Certainly well written and may deserve another star, but I'm unclear about what makes it special and worthy of its status as a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adi | 11/21/2013

    " A nice book with interesting and memorable characters. I especially liked Edgar Linton and Hareton Earnshaw. Even though they were so different, I really enjoyed both of them! I strongly disliked Heathcliff though, especially in the second half of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moatazz | 11/12/2013

    " well written but i don't like how vindictive and sadistic Heathcliff is. Good book, not my type of story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly Driver | 10/9/2013

    " Well, I feel sort of embarrassed to say I hated this book, like it makes me look unintelligent. But still. I despised both Cathy and Heathcliff, and would have been quite happy with them both dead. I know that characters don't have to be likeable for a book to be good, but to feel at least a little compassion would have been useful considering this is a romance. Cathy was childish, selfish, stroppy and overall unlovable. At least Heathcliff had some character buildup that could lead you to understand his awful personality, but Cathy seemed to just be awful. What's more is I failed to understand where their undying love even arose from. They hung out as children... that was sort of it. I'd definitely never read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia Beyers | 9/27/2013

    " Wonderful as always, reading an old classic every now and then between the new is quite refreshing...love love love Emily Bronte "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Lilly | 9/26/2013

    " I absolutely adored this book. It was required reading for my senior-year high school English class. It just might be the perfect level of angst and goth for a teenage girl. Or a 20-something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 9/4/2013

    " The first time I read this novel, I was so caught up in the emotion that my heart rate sped up and I almost couldn't breathe. In other words, one of the best books ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xxburgiexx | 8/6/2013

    " Maybe it was because I had to read the book for a class but I just didn't feel drawn to read it. When I did get into it, though, I quite enjoyed the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 7/14/2013

    " Amazing novel. Go read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Potter | 7/10/2013

    " I think British novels just do not work for me - could have told the same boring story in about 50 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Parish | 3/27/2013

    " not a chick and I loved it anyway! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 3/17/2013

    " Great book, but so dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 3/5/2013

    " Virginia Woolf said that Emily Bronte was the only author who could set down on the page exactly what she saw in her head. Perfect in its complex structure and Gothic feeling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delia Remington | 7/24/2012

    " I absolutely adore this book and reread it every few years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Simon | 7/22/2012

    " Been avoiding this one for years because I had a hunch it would bore me. It did. Not even Heathcliff's delicious cruelty could make it any more interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chanté | 7/14/2012

    " I needed a book to read on a long flight and picked this one up in the airport b/c it's a classic. Not an uplifting read at all. Kind of disturbing story - This was not a healthy love :( I'm glad that I've finally read the book, but this may be one of those reads that once will suffice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean | 3/10/2012

    " Maybe it's me by this was the second worst book ever, behind east of Eden by John Steinbeck "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/20/2012

    " Full of characters I hated. By the end I was cheering for the survivors to the extent that I stayed up late on a work night to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guitar Chick | 9/22/2011

    " I must be some cliche' teenage girl because I really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bailey Jackson | 6/23/2011

    " It was a bit overrated, I enjoyed it but not as much as I though I would... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zue Zulkifli | 3/21/2011

    " My favourite book by far! The expression of the passion between the characters are amazing. Will read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Gerber-Relf | 1/16/2011

    " Not bad at all. almost a page turner, although a very old classic book. I quite enjoyed this, it was a first time read for me, although I had seen a couple of films. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Crowther | 1/6/2011

    " Not what I was expecting!!! Thought Wuthering Heights was going to be a romantic tale!!!! Lots of very interesting dark, manipulative characters! Brilliant!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/16/2010

    " It took me a lot longer to finish this book than I had anticipated. It just wasn't as easy to read through and as captivating as I like. It was very well written and spans a very long time period in a very good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Borghoff | 8/25/2010

    " Read it when I was 19 in the middle of winter in northern germany....... brilliant "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Dalton | 8/23/2010

    " If you only read one book in your life, let it be Wuthering Heights. Brilliantly beyond compare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Parish | 4/1/2010

    " not a chick and I loved it anyway! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 3/2/2010

    " Well, I think there were too many turns and it was simply not very believable. I enjoyed it, anyway, but it's not the book I would like to read one more time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey King | 12/21/2009

    " I love the overly dramatic characters of this book and the contrast of houses. It is very Romeo and Juliet, but instead of two lovers it is two lifestyles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosita | 10/13/2009

    " it really got me sad, "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merri | 8/1/2009

    " This book just fills me with hate. "

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About the Author

Emily Brontë (1818–1848), sister of Anne and Charlotte, published only one novel in her career, Wuthering Heights. Though she died just one year after its publication and never knew of its success, the story of doomed love and revenge went on to earn its place among the masterpieces of English literature.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.