I absolutely loved reading the Moonstone (in paper) years ago, and was excited to get the audiobook. It does not disappoint. The individual character of each persons narrative (different characters are used to relate the same story) is preserved perfectly by the use of different voices cleverly done, not over accented. Although this may be considered a classic, I would suggest really it is a comedy, lots of laugh out loud sentences while driving along in the car! Highly recommended.
"Extremely well narrated but slow in sections."
Peter Jeffrey is a superb actor the different characters are very plausible and read with a great feeling for the work which was in parts very well written, however there was a section in the book which was soporific and of little value to the plot-so just three from me!
"My first Audio book"
I drive a lot so this was a great way to pass the endless motorway hours. The story is slow but excellent and the voice acting is absolutely first class. The only issue I had with this audio book is that the it seems very quiet and lacking in middle and treble so I had to turn it up to max volume whilst turning the bass right down. Overall I would recommend this audio book to anyone who likes likes detective novels and Victorian England.
"A relaxing listen"
I found the narrators voice very soothing and pleasant to listen to. An old classic that is still worth listening to. It may be a little dated but I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery story.
"PoMo before the Post Moderns"
Before the Post Modernists became dated they would have looked to this novel as a early example of much that they set out to achieve. Multiple points of view, shifts in time, location and narrative voice, a juxtaposition between the various narrators, the authorial voice and the reader. All of these elements work?.but at some cost. The cost being some rather lengthy passages in the middle of this novel that seemed to me to take ?us? nowhere and lead us up and down some rather quaint, ivy and dust covered garden paths before leading us back to the Shivering Sands. I?m still at a complete loss as to what exactly Drusilla Clack brings to this novel other than some very funny tract titles
A first-class reading of an old favourite. The story rambles on a bit compared to modern detective fiction, but when it's writing as good as this, who cares? Peter Jeffrey's voices and accents are spot on.
"Excellent period piece, brilliantly read"
The audiobook is convincingly read by one voice but each section is delivered in a different accent and manner to represent the very diverse characters who contribute to the story. The book has a slow moving plot but it is full of authentic period detail and the subtle ironic humour of the author is brillianty brought to life by the reader.
As everyone says, this is a wonderful audiobook, perfect from every point of view. I'm sure Wilkie Collins himself would have enjoyed listening to it!
"Brilliant- both the story and the narration"
This is a wonderful book and although I read it years ago, this didn't detract at all from my enjoyment this time. The narration is one of the best I have come across. From the faithful old servant, to the prissy Miss Clack and to the shrewd police officer, all the characters were read in such a way that I felt I could actually see them
A wonderful reading of this earliest and best of detective stories. Peter Jeffrey cleverly brings each character to life and makes them believable, while keeping up a good pace and holding the listener's interest to the end.