This is one of the greatest ripping yarns in print, but the reader manages to turn it a total yawn . He does a great job with the occasional characterisations (eg Pesca etc) but as a lot of the novel is written as the recollections of one man, there is SO LITTLE VARIATION IN TONE and the reader is SO lackadaisical, making mistakes with the text and even syntax on occasion. Do yourself a favour and either read the thing in print, or get another version. I couldn't finish it, and I ALWAYS finish the books I buy.
I am really enjoying the story, and the reader does a great job bringing the characters to life. But the defects in the production keep pulling me out of the story and ruining my enjoyment--I can hear someone talking in the background at times, the reader bumps against the mike or something (thump), I can hear pages occasionally being turned. Sheesh. Some of the pauses are way too long. And sometimes the reader flubs a word and then corrects himself. Basically, this reading needed a little more quality-control.
I started this book with this narrator and found it awful. I kept hearing him inhale, which was very distracting. I did not get into the story at all - the narration just did not engross me. I decided not to give up on the book (I almost did), but to try a different narrator. I'm sure glad I did. So, you can check out my review of a different version of this book.
I really enjoyed reading one of the first mystery novels. It was so neat to see how things were in the 1800's. The story was not particularly overwhelming, dramatic, or suspenseful, but that was refreshing. It was just a well written and thought out novel.
The narrator was a bit rough in some places, with coughing and background noises, but overall, his different voices for each character helped bring the story to life.
Overall, this was a great story with good narration at an excellent price. You can't beat the value.
I've given this book 5 starts because it truly is wonderful. The story is one to keep you intriged. The narrator does a great job of the different voices, however I have to say I found his throat-clearing, coughs, errors and paper shuffles a little irritating. If you love mystery and intrige with the background of a costume drama, you have to read this book.
Gabriel Woolf, who reads this version, does a poor job. It might be fairer to say that he seems to have worked with very poor producers who couldn't be bothered to have him reread certain lines where he says the wrong thing and then corrects himself. All these errors--and there are many--are left in. Why? It would have been so easy to simply flag those moments and either have him reread them immediately or edit it out (as much as possible) after the recording was made.
The book itself is really good. If you're interested in this story, look for another version.
Love it. It's long but worth it. Very subtle study in characters. Well written. The narrator is good but I am going to be honest has indigestion a lot. Other than that, just loved it and didn't want it to end. felt like I was involved in another time when it was in my ear. very descriptive. great!
This is a great book, and Wilkie Collins is a master. The recording is not top quality, but Gabriel Woolf has a great voice and you can't beat the price. If you can look past some background noises and little stumbles you will not be disappointed. If you are a finicky listener, look for a different version, but make sure you listen to The Woman in White.
I came across Wilkie Collins in the recent novel Drood. He was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and collaborated with Dickens in several plays and stories. The plot of The Woman in White rivals the complexity of Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend but the action is overly confined to the drawing room for my taste. The story lacks life and seems dated