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This Penguin Classic is performed by Aimee Lou Wood, star of Netflix's Sex Education. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Pauline Nestor.

Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before: of the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

Public Domain (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Susan Davis
  • 10-22-20

Fresh reading of a classic

Aimee Lou Wood reads with youth and honesty. The narrative is lively and fresh. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Juy Hepner
  • 01-30-22

Eternal love, eternal pain

The narrator Aimee Lou Wood (like Kate Bush) does a great Cathy, in particular because of her high-pitched voice that contains a mixture of the childish and the wise.
She is thus a witch and her voice is her instrument an impish violin-song of the damned of fairyland with it’s bratty temptation of Heathcliff that delights in his suffering, as well as the base using of Edgar Linton for whom she has contempt, and even when she tells him how contemptible he is to her, she is still, by that voice, able to lure him back and ultimately to his own death.
Both Cathy and Heathcliff despise all other beings and are full of cruelty to all worldly creatures, and each spends their lives tormenting all the other characters as punishment for their own failure to be true to themselves and be together.
The producer should have got a man each, and each a different man, for Lockwood and Heathcliff.
My favourite scene is when Heathcliff is trying to get into the house at Wuthering Heights when Isabella, only half-willingly warns him that Hindly is there with a shotgun waiting to murder him, and she yells out to her hated husband that he should go and lie down on Cathy’s grave until he dies, and thereby do everyone a favour. This moment shows the degradation that all have been reduced to through being exposed to or being caught in the middle of Heathcliff and Cathy’s violent eternal love.