What Souls Are Made of by Tasha Suri, Read by Alex Williams and Becca Hirani
A Captivating Retelling of Wuthering Heights
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Alex Williams and Becca Hirani give impassioned performances in What Souls Are Made of, a captivating retelling of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss Tashi Suri’s marvelous, haunting addition to the Remixed Classics series. A dark-skinned “boy from nowhere,” Heathcliff flees the Heights after hearing Cathy say he’s too lowborn to marry her. Williams embodies Heathcliff’s hurt and anger as he fights to forge his own life in Liverpool. Cathy feels endless guilt, and Hirani channels all of the character’s desperation to escape her weighty obligations and the past that haunts her family. Suri’s adaptation gives listeners perspectives on the minds of these two teenagers who are desperately in love, while also delving into their backstories and underscoring the impact of British colonization.