"fabric artist and quilter"
I was hooked so quickly and was, from that moment on, on the edge of my seat. I listen to books as I work. Listening to The Woman in White had me frozen in place listening in awe as to the next twist or the next wicked deed, my work lying forgotten on the table.
Its a cracker of a story and wonderfully narrated by both Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble. The novel is written in several parts as journals or statements and the different readers makes the narration so much more dynamic.
There are some wonderful characters in this book and Wilkie Collins describes scenes so well that you can clearly see the action in your minds eye. There are many apparently modern devices used by the author in this book to drive the action along and appear to confuse the reader or dupe the reader in believing they know the next part of the plot only to surprise them that it is easy to forget that it was written in the mid 1800s.
I loved this book both for the story, the edginess of the gothic setting, the wonderful characters, the melodrama and the writing. There should be 6 stars and even then this would deserve 6 and a half!
I had read this book before but many years ago and like so many others knew Jane Austen from Pride and Prejudice and more from the tv series than reading the book. However, Jane is at her most observational in this book - characters are so real that they are recognisable from people we know today and she is also at her most cynical - the wit is brilliant. Its a fantastic book and Juliet Stevenson is masterly in her narration. If I could have given it six stars I would have done!
I didn't know Persuasion - I knew that it was her last novel, published after her death and named Persuasion by her brother but other than that it was a blank. I guessed that as it was a short novel and her last it might not be quite as good or polished as P&P, S&S or Mansfield Park and certainly not being as famous as her other novels suggested that.
HOW WRONG CAN YOU BE! This is now my favourite Jane Austen, its charming, its gentle, its witty and as observational as any of the other novels. Its understory is constancy, doing things as etiquette dictated or for other people and how persuasive actions by others can alter your own personal history and not always for the best. It really is a complete delight.
Juliet Stevenson is also a complete delight - she brings Jane Austen alive and is perfect as the narrator - don't even think of listening to Austen read by anyone else!
Absolutely loved it and is totally recommended to all classic lovers - 7 stars! (what do you mean I can't give it 7 stars - it deserves them!)
Painter, musician, bibliophile...
This second collection of "Great Classic Stories" is just as rewarding as the first, with something for everyone, including comedy, tragedy, suspense, and romance.
From Huxley's brassy lunchtime companion to the sad teller of Gilbert's love story, nearly every story reveals an unforgettable character or two, and the narrators are first-rate. I particularly enjoyed Bill Wallis and Simon Vance.
Here are the stories in order:
YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN by Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO by Edgar Allan Poe
COUSIN WILLIAM by Harriet Beecher Stowe
HOW I EDITED AN AGRICULTURAL PAPER by Mark Twain
A PIECE OF STRING by Guy de Maupassant
ANGELA, AN INVERTED LOVE STORY by W. S. Gilbert
THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE by Oscar Wilde
THE STORY OF AN HOUR by Kate Chopin
A JURY OF HER PEERS by Susan Glaspell
ARABY by James Joyce
THE MARK ON THE WALL by Virginia Woolf
THE INTERLOPERS by Saki
HEAD AND SHOULDERS by F. Scott Fitzgerald
THE STRANGER by Katherine Mansfield
THE BLIND MAN by D. H. Lawrence
NUNS AT LUNCHEON by Aldous Huxley