Never read the printed version - so I cannot tell if the audio edition is better. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and was following the path of the story very attentively.
I liked the voices of the narrators, I thought that they were presenting the characters pretty accurately.
Good. Liked having female and male narrators. Gives the book more personality.
The stoic personality of the older sister.More people should be aware of how women were treated in the 1800's. It was degrading.
The personalities of each character.
It is too long for one sitting.
First book I have ever listened to from this time period. I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did.
The story was incredible. It avoided being cliche which was fun. The use of POV was interesting and smartly done. I was so surprised how much I enjoyed it. It's 26 hours long, I could have listed to 50 hours. There were many points where the author's turn of phrase was so remarkable I rewound and listened a few times. The book makes you appreciate how beautiful the English language can be. The story itself was great and the author moved it forward so well I didn't feel time at all. I loved the slow reveal and that all questions are answered and smartly so.
The characters and their development were superb.
The narrators were THE BEST. I listed to some parts of the book a few times their readings were so utterly enjoyable.
There were quite a few moments that I found particularly wonderful, where you say to yourself ah ha. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone.
Loved the story. What I don't understand is if you have a women (Rosalyn and Judy) that is reading some of the story than why doesn't she read all of the lines of a woman in the story. I just can't get behind the voice of a man trying to sound like a woman. It just doesn't work for me (makes me cringe).
Not really, unless you are spellbound by cultural aspects of 19th century England. The story and premise are lame, and reflect a psychological naivete of the author that I just can't swallow as a 21st century intellectual.
If you can totally suspend disbelief, and enjoy the richness of the narrative, the story is worthwhile. I will never read it or listen to it again. And I felt a sense of relief when it was done. If hadn't been for the excellent performances, I never would have completed it. I had The Moonstone on my list of must reads. It's relegated now to the bottom of my list. Hopefully I'll never have to get to it...
Collins may be the father of the modern crime/mystery novel but he'll certainly never make it into my list of fabulous 19th century British writers.
This book I've heard said is a classic of its genre which I would say is crime/ mystery. It is set in England in the 1900s, at a time when women had not yet gained the right to vote and marriages especially among the rich and titled were arranged. I say this because it is a common thread throughout the story sometimes I found this theme a bit overdone, whereby the stereotypes were pushed a bit too far. Did she really say/ do that?!
The beginning of this edition starts out with very lengthy preamble that goes on for about an hour. When I figured this out on my 3rd attempt to listen to this book, I skipped it and finally managed to get into it. The narration of the story is told by many different characters, including the servants though the two main ones are the Walter the drawing master, Ms Holcolm and towards the end Count Fosco. I won't say more regarding the plot to avoid writing a spoiler.
Just know that after all that preamble the beginning narration by Walter the drawing master is also quite slow... Be patient! The story does pick up and becomes very interesting and I was very curious to know what would come next. Then towards the end I lost interest a bit again. On balance it was a good story with strong character development, intrigue and solid performances by some of the best narrators (I like John Lee).
The is a novel that has multiple narrators and so the producers of this audiobook wisely used multiple GREAT actors. The result is fabulous.
I very highly recommend this great listen! This is an impeccably narrated book. It is an amazing classic, the writing comparable to a Charles Dickens novel (of whom Wilkie Collins was in fact a contemporary). The writing itself is worth the listen and the plot has many twist and turns. The only book that has ever gotten a 5-star all around from me!
Having listened to a couple of books by Wilkie Collins, I am a fan. Dramatic story, not fast-paced, but occasionally with some very funny and astute descriptions. The narration is excellent and I got caught up in the story quickly and never got tired of it, even though (since it is a long book) I had to listen to it over many different sessions. I was finding excuses to listen so that I could hear more!
I imagine it is easier to listen to this book than to read. It is extremely long, but the performance was exceptional.