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(Audio) Book Thoughts: Therese Raquin (Emile Zola)

Zola, Emile - Therese Raquin


Title: Thérèse Raquin
Author: Émile Zola / Narrator: Kate Winslet
Genre: Fiction / Classic
First published: 1867
Edition: Audio book, published by Audible Inc in 2012

Thérèse Raquin was a classic that was on my TBR, so when I saw it in a ‘best’ Audible list narrated by one of my favourite actresses I just had to listen to it.

This is a very dark tale about a couple, who murder the woman’s husband, and how that murder haunts them in the following years. The characters are truly awful, but well written and Zola manages to portray the changing feelings towards each other very well. The darkness of the tale makes you feel claustrophobic at times and I could never let go of the sense of dread that this tale instilled in me throughout. I knew this was never going to end well.

I do not think this is a classic I will read again and again, but I am glad I finally ‘read’ it. There is brilliance in the way the author brings these nasty characters and their surroundings to life.

Kate Winslet did a wonderful job narrating this tale. She brings just the rights amount of drama to the story. I love her voice and enjoyed listening to her.

5 out of 7 stars