I don't know what I was expecting actually. The reviews made the story sound quite intriguing. Although it was well written and moved along, it held no special interest for me. It was like riding a roller coaster that didn't have ups and downs enough to be captivating. I got sick of the "fading violet" acts and wasn't drawn to any particular character. Sooo, it was just ok.
I would have perhaps added a bit more excitement or mystery.
I don't think I had one.
No. I wasn't moved, but I didn't expect the death of one of the characters to occur when and how it did.
Many pages to tell a relatively short story with a lot of unnecessary "fluff" that seemed to be added simply to lengthen it but didn't do much to enhance it.
Great plot, and characters. The narrations puts you in the room with players. Wonderful!
The author's discription of the characters is rich
I had to try this book twice - the opening is a bit slow but once you are through the set-up it is fantastic. Great characters, intriguing story, interesting story telling - highly recommend it.
The beginning is a bit philosophical but it gets really suspenseful after the first few chapters and stays interesting until the end. A good investment.
Yes! It's a wonderful, engrossing story that has it all: mystery, intrigue, and suspense!
The beautifully crafted plot, which has many exciting twists and turns, and which all comes together so nicely at the end.
They bring the story to life. I felt like I was watching a wonderful movie.
The characters are a bit stereotyped and flat, but I didn't really mind it, since the story line was so engaging. Think Dickens.
Avid reader until vision impairment set in. Now an avid listener!
Absolutely yes. I had to control myself from starting over from the beginning the minute I finished the first time through. The richness of the plot, the development of the characters, and the brilliant narration lend themselves to a second and maybe third or fourth listen.
The story is enthralling, with terrific characterizations, settings, and plot development. More than a mystery--although it is a great mystery--it gives the listener a vivid sense of the class structure of mid 19th century England that governed the social behavior of virtually all the characters. I loved the description of the fledgling attempts of women to assert some degree of independence, sympathetically portrayed through the character of Marion Halcolme. And there is the rest of the colorful cast of characters from the villainous Count Fosco to the courageous and moral Walter Hartright to get to know and enjoy. I loved that the story is told in the form of letters, which allows for the separate voices of characters to reveal their emotions and thoughts directly to the reader/ listener.
No, but this narration is so wonderful that you can bet I'll be listening to their other performances in the future. Prebble's skill in differentiating the speech of the various characters he gives voice to is amazing. He also handles the female voice particularly well, which isnt always the case with other narrators.
Yes, although the length of the book makes that impossible. By the end, I was in love with Walter and in awe of Marion. Finishing the book made me reluctant to start another. Honestly this is the best listen I've had from among the scores of audio books I've owned.
Do NOT pass this one up. It is a rare treat!
I intend to listen to Collins' other books, but thoroughly enjoyed this one. I frequently was frustrated by the women characters, but had to remember the time in which they were placed.
The plot was excellent. As I understand it, Wilkie Collins crafted the template for suspense crime mysteries as we know them today.
The voices were vividly nuanced and conveyed the feel of the novel.
If you like British literature, this one is good. I really enjoyed the way the book was told through the eyes of many of the characters.
This is a very long story. It got a bit tedious with the details at times. But, it had many twists and turns that kept it interesting.
What a great book. I thought it would be somewhat slow becasue it was written in the 1800. But instead I was reminded that we probably are still much the same. I almost fell off my chair when I looked up the author and found out it was a man. He must have really understood women. He did not make them out to be weaklings but very strong and interesting.Listening to the chapters about the old man made me laugh outloud. There is so much humor in this book. I started to listen to it and I liked it right off the bat.I could not wait to get in to the car ( Where I listen to my audio books) So I could hear what happend next. The narrators made an exceptional job. The story is great. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. Now I can't wait to see if I can find the movie ( Or was it a series? ) I LOVED IT