Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)

Wuthering Heights audio cover

Produced by: Ken Ross
ISBN: 0745127592
Date: May 1996
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Running time: 11 hours 48 minutes

Michael Kitchen ... Narrator
The Novel:
(From the cover notes)

The Passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of nineteenth century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention, and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment. The interlocked destinies of the Lintons and the Earnshaws is narrated first by Lockwood, a tenant at Thrushcross Grange who has stumbled into the violetn world of his landlord, Heathcliff, at Wuthering Heights, and then by Nelly Dean, the housekeeper who was witness to the years of tragedy.

The Author:
(From the cover notes)

Emily Jane Bronte was born in 1818 at Thornton in Yorkshire. Two years later her father, patrick, was appointed perpetual curate of Haworth, near Bradford. After the death of their mother in 1821 and of two elder sisters in 1825, the surviving Bronte children, Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell, were brought up in this bleak parsonage by their aunt. All three girls wrote, publishing under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell to disguise their sex. Emily is best remembered for Wuthering Heights, her only novel which was published in 1847, shortly before her death from tuberculosis in 1848.

The Reader:
(From the cover notes)

Michael Kitchen is one of Britain's most distinguished actors with a highly successful TV, stage and film career. Among his best known films is Out of Africa, on TV he has been seen in Caught on a Train, To Play the King, The Hanging Gale and The Buccaneers. His theatrical roles have covered plays as various as Romeo and Juliet and Charley's Aunt.