Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.
Thérèse Raquin is the story of a young woman forced into an unhappy marriage to her dull, sickly cousin and smothered by her overbearing aunt. When her husband’s childhood friend enters her life, it leads to a torrid affair that sets her spirit free for the first time, but with shattering consequences. Steeped in the atmosphere of 19th-century France and with a darkly rich foreboding, it is a story that brings out the best of its narrator’s incomparable talents.
“It is challenging, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun as well”, said Ms. Winslet of the recording experience. "As a listener, being able to tune out and be taken into another world, an atmosphere, an environment that is being created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice is really a wonderful, magical thing.”
Very good old classic novel - Kate Winslett is a first-rate narrator!
Excellent narration of a sound translation
My hat is off to Kate Winslet for her reading of this novel, which is a short but captivating tale of intense passion and irony. Ms. Winslet's interpretation of Camille Raquin was particularly fine, capturing his annoying, complacent nature beautifully. Every character was easily distinguishable, yet she never hammed it up. She also has a beautiful and soothing, yet expressive voice, and in my opinion is the natural heir to Davina Porter, my favorite actor/narrator, who is completely brilliant. I hope Ms. Winslet does more of these.
Love Kate Winslet, but the book, not so much.
First, Kate Winslet did a magnificant job narrating this book. However, I did not care for the story. At first it was really great, but then it dragged on and on and on. I actually took well over a month to finish listening to it, because I lost interest. It seemed to describe one detail or emotion forever, then when a main turning point was described, it was brief. Nonetheless, there were moments I enjoyed, but I think it could have been about 2 hours shorter.