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.
I'm still listening to this because it's useful to have Whispersync, and I can listen while I do other things. But the audiobook performance does not add to the book; instead it takes away from it. I find myself listening to the performance negatively, rather than focusing on the plot and writing.
The Woman in White is a mystery from the 1800's. Well done, with a few annoyances which are due in particular to different viewpoints in 2014 from those in the 1800's, it holds your attention and keeps you going right along, forgetting that the soup is burning.
Simon Prebble is adequate, but Josephine Bailey is not pleasant to me at all. Her characterizations are disasterous. The Count is Italian, and she gives him an almost German accent. Better to simply read it than attempt to act and fail. I certainly won't get another of hers.
I definitely recommend this early romantic mystery as a book, but if wanting it in audio format, find another version.
Recommended - it was a great historical story that was well written, solid and interesting.
Yes it did - great descriptions of the period and the people.
Highly recommended if you enjoy a wee bit of romance, a mystery set in a great bygone era. It's a classic and deservedly so.
I enjoy Victorian classics, so this satisfied my expectation.
The plot twists were well done. I liked the beginning scene when the woman in white first appears in the foggy London streets.
Miriam was my favorite character and was the strong heroine of the book.
Movies are never true to the book, but I would probably go with "Victorian suspense at its' finest."
Very good narration.
I thought I knew my English Lit pretty well, but this novel was a complete surprise. It combined some memorable characters suggestive of Dickens with the manners of Jane Austen and the mystery and suspense of Agatha Christie. The device of using different narrators at different part of the novel was very clever.
Late one night, when young ladies should have been in bed, the young male protagonist encounters a young woman dressed in white lurking in the wood by the side of the highway to London. Although anxious, she decides to trust the young man to assist him. He soon has her on a cab to London. He is intrigued by the incident, but continues on his journey, never expecting to encounter her again.
Instead the mysterious woman in white and the story of her appearance that night will come to occupy him for a long time to come.
A great story. I listen when I walk and when I cook. And then keep with it on my Kindle.
Just wanted to keep listening and reading
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 was mentioned as a favorite of many famous writers. I had never heard of it. But I am glad I did and finally picked it up. Very deep, very intense yet moderately paced. Keeps you guessing and trying to figure out the secrets. Anything but predictable.
Never-ending true love and perseverance.
saw this book on someone else' s must read list. I love period history so decided to read. I hated for it to end. I loved the characters and wanted more. Often I can guess the endings of a book but this one you don't see it coming. very well written.
Never read the print. Of course I love the narrators. Each did a fabulous job.
Not always, sometimes it really captured me and I couldn't wait to continue the story and sometimes it just went along.
I found this book intriguing and tedious at the same time.