I read this book for my AP Lit class and while I couldn’t read it in print without getting a headache, it was a great audiobook! I would definitely recommend listening to it over reading the text the first time around in order to better understand the story.
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr. Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.
This book had really interesting characters that I really liked to hear about. Of course, you had those that you were meant to dislike and that is exactly what I did. Many characters are incredibly self-absorbed, narcissistic and just plain rude to others. The main characters are those that are so terrible you can’t see exactly why Bronte chose them as the central characters until you get further into the story.
This book is a love story between Cathy and Heathcliff. That and the connection that the Lintons and the Earnshaws will always have. In this book you hear almost nothing about the outside town, you are focused in on Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. For me, this really showed how intertwined the two families were and the only real outsider in this story was Mr. Lockwood.
I think the only character I really liked was Nelly because she was the only one who wasn’t incredibly rude and cared for her charge. Even then she wasn’t a character I really loved, she was just someone who wasn’t a narcissist.
I will say that sometimes it would get a little confusing as to who was telling which part of the story because Bronte had the housekeeper telling the story for a majority of the book. Besides this, though it was an alright book and I really didn’t think it was anything special. This book is one that I can see getting better after each read but I don’t know when my next re-read might be.
I think I would only recommend this book to those who really like old classic books and don’t mind having to listen to a book. This is also a book I wouldn’t really recommend for anyone under the age of 16 just because of the themes in the book but everyone is different and everyone knows their own boundaries.