Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
It's supposedly the first mystery novel written and was a hugh hit in 1860. A classic and I had never even heard of it. The writing is Victorian and thus wordy and full of swooning, and it did take me a few chapters to get drawn in and fall in love with the fully fleshed out heros, heroines and even villians. Cleverly organized book, interesting and unexpected plots twists and lots of insights into 1850's in London. I am a little sad it is done.
It was an interesting story and I liked the change of character narration, so you experienced the events through the perspectives of different characters. I thought it layed out a few good story threads within the overall mystery and kept a good pace, even though it is long book.
I liked how the ended played out.
It's too long to do that! You will want avoid putting down for too long though because you don't want to forget where you are in the story, as it builds upon earlier accounts of other narrators.
Some people commented that having both male and female narrators (for different chapters or sections of the book) was distracting, but I didn't have a problem with it and I think it worked well.
I may listen to this book again. I found this book needing more of my full attention than some other books, so I'm sure I missed some interesting bits along the way.
I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.
This just wasn't my kind of book. My wife said that I should look into it and it just wasn't something that kept me glued to my phone. it was interesting and I do think that people could enjoy it, just not me.
Twenty-four hours of British dialogue (circa 1850.) It's very tedious, but I got through it. It's told through the perceptions of various characters, each giving testimony in extreme detail, of the unhappy marriage of a young woman of the higher class and how she was deceived. If one can stick with the story, the characters are well developed and believable for the time period, and the deception is most interesting.
The 2 readers did a wonderful job with the various accents and personalities.
This was my first. And last.
Not at all.
Try to calculate how much longer to the end.
I normally love very long convoluted novels, including Dickens. I did listen to this novel to the end out of principle and because the readers were so good, but it's not worth a 25-hour investment of time. At about 1/2 way through, the over-writing becomes very tedious and the ending is obvious a mile away.
This is a classic. I read it more than 40 years ago and it still kept me glued to the (this time) headphones. On the whole the narration was good although sometimes I wished that Simon Preble would clear his throat a bit.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
Two identical women, apparently unrelated by blood? A great love, set aside due to the rules of high society? A great fortune side by side with common poverty? A baronet with a great secret? A mysterious foreigner who may be a member of a secret Italian society? Yes to all of these compelling elements of a novel written in 1859 and considered by some to be a forerunner to the modern detective story.
In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer listed The Woman in White number 23 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time," and the novel was listed at number 77 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Many movies have been made of this story over the years.
It is simply a great tale. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
I listened to this book and, even though I thought the readers were ok (I didn't really like the voice of Marion, and thought it almost sounded computer-generated at first), I really loved the whole thing. Some of the characters, especially Marion and the sinister Count Fosco, are just amazingly well portrayed. Poor Laura Fairlie, the central figure in the story, is just lovely, but frail and pale, and allows herself to be married to a creepy guy whose single-minded interest in her fortune becomes very clear before the wedding. Percival Glide, is SO easy to hate. The mystery of the woman in white and all the strands of the twisted plot are woven together a bit at a time. The keys to the mystery become revealed towards the end.
The main narrator is Walter Hartley, a drawing master who falls in love with lovely Laura at first sight. But Laura is betrothed to Percival, a Baronet, in an arrangement made by her father before he died. Laura and her half-sister Marion live at Limeridge at the sufferance of their uncle Frederick Fairlie. Now there's a character! He is a petulant invalid who misuses his servants ("right now, he (the valet) is a drawing stand") and claims his nervous weakness as an excuse to selfishly disregard his niece Laura's situation, even when the family attorney tells him specifically that it's a startlingly poor deal. The reader has Fairlie's weak whiny quavering voice to perfection! Later, Walter refers to Uncle Fairlie's communications, but spoken and written, as "insolent politeness."
There are many other wonderful characters and terrific twists and turns in the plot. I was just a bit disappointed in the "easy" ending. I would have liked to know more about how it all came about, although the irony of the ending was rather satisfying.
Evidently, Mr. Collins gave Charles Dickens a run for his money back in the day. This novel is Gothic and juicy and wonderful. If you think you might not enjoy reading the sometimes convoluted Victorian narrative style, consider the audible version.
The story was intreging and I could not put it down.