The love story.
So hard to choose just one!
No, but I will seek them out. They were wonderful!
I gasped in surprise several times !
I was sad that the story ended. The characters were very well developed.
I had never heard of this book, but purchased it based on the good reviews it got. It didn't disappoint! It had an engaging storyline, and I found it to be very unpredictable. You'll love the characters.
odd is good
some, its a soft calm mystery. i listened while i was sewing. just a good well written story.
no, they were excellent
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
I know many readers loved this novel but I was interested for the first third. In the second third of the book, I was getting eager to gain a little info to resolve the puzzle and became increasingly frustrated as I waited for details to emerge. In the last third of the book, I just plain gave up. It was a book with a lot of build-up and the resolution was like a dud firecracker, nothing. The quality of the writing is well-done victorian style but it's a "go nowhere" book as far as I am concerned. I would like my time back. The reader was good and I gave it two stars for the very intriguing first third of the book and the beautiful descriptive writing.
I have trouble getting to sleep at night and this audiobook put me to sleep every night within 5 minutes.
Joesephine's performance had a very clipped unemotional voice that made it hard to be involved with the characters. Simon's performance was better but still not very inclusive.
Nothing is ever going to top this one. Real characters, not just stick figures. I felt real dread of the sort that only great writing, not sensationalism, can produce. Even where I sort of saw what was coming, it had twists I did not expect - the most satisfyingly baroque plot ever.
Much better than the more highly regarded Moonstone, which was cute but not nearly as deep or satisfying.
I'm picky about readers but this was masterful. Agree with the few quibbles about Fosco's accent but minor.
Intriguing, Suspenseful, Romantic
I liked the unexpected. Of course there were things that were obvious from the start, such as who the villains and heros were, but some of the unexpected is also thrown in. I love this. Dickens is one of my favorite authors and Collins follows a close second now. This is written in a very "Dickens-like" manner.
The narration is excellent. When reading a book, one derives a picture of the people from descriptions, but adding a voice to these people makes that description all the more vivid. The voices they portrayed were perfect in creating the image of a living person to the characters.
There were several, but finding the "Woman in White's" identity and relationship to other characters in the story was of course a highlight. This is also where some of the unexpected moments occur, but I don't want to write a "spoiler" here so I will leave well enough alone.
This is the first Wilkie Collins novel I have "read". It is also the first audiobook I have listened to. I will be reading or listening to more of Wilkie Collins' works in the future. I wasn't sure that I would like audiobooks. I am an avid reader and love the classics along with many other genres, but I discovered that I could "read" twice as many books by using audio books as well as the written ones. I bought a blue tooth speaker that was loud enough to listen to while I do my housework and now those chores fly by also! Audible is a great investment and I will continue to listen as well as read my books.
Wow. What a terrific and well-told (and we'll-read) story. It was so engaging and enjoyable. I am sorry it has ended. Well-done Wilkie Collins! I hope to read more of your works. Highly recommend to fans of Sherlock Holmes, Dickens, and Laurie R King.
This was fabulous! Why have I never read this before now?
Yes, it's long but the style and story were such that I enjoyed it a great deal. It's hard to believe it was written in the 1860s; it seems so modern.
I normally don't care for books with multiple narrators but this worked well in this case. Simon Preble is one of the best.