I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.
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.
The way it was narrated
The title is threaded thru the enitre book and you were always trying to figure out the story
Wonderful but delicate suspense. Character development was clear with their associations a part of the mystery. The performance was excellent and the experience was very entertainment.
The suspense, the mystery, the surprise.
Trouble in Old England
I was looking for a good read that didn't have a contemporary feel. Occasionally, I enjoy that. For example, Doyle's Complete Sherlock Holmes or even the modern author Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog. I'm not a Jane Austin fan, but once in awhile I have that urge to sink into something that comes at you slow, without profanity, and without wild crazy stuff.
It had its moments of boredom like every book in this style, but the point of view changes saved it. Never did I want to reach over and click it off or move it to the next chapter..
Neither out classes the other and they mixed well. I am just finishing a Baldacci book, First Family, where the two narrators didn't mesh well at all, leaving me with a disgruntled discomfort until I finally accepted it. In contrast, Bailey and Prebble worked well together and the audio mixing was excellent.
Of course not! That was the whole point of choosing it! I wanted to be immersed in the times! The book delivered.
For the right listener and at the right time, I would recommend it.
Since joining Audible, I have used audio books to help me get through my daily fitness commitment on the treadmill and other similar machines. I have listened to many good books by outstanding readers, and am constantly searching for a good mystery/thriller. After recently starting several mystery/thrillers, written by Audible Best Sellers, I had difficulty making it halfway through the book. Is seems that today's writers feel it necessary to include plots involving child molestation, serial killers, dismembering bodies, torture, and the like. Whatever happened to the bank robbery, diamond heist, or singular murder that had a convoluted plot, interesting characters, a little romance, and a clever detective to eventually find the culprit?
This was the case until I happened across The Woman in White. What beautifully crafted story and mystery. In my opinion, Wilkie Collins is comparable to Jane Austen in character development, and in a total command of the English language. I have started and am thoroughly enjoying my second book by Wilkie Collins, Moonstone.
I highly recommend both of these books.
Nice vocal characterizations, enunciation, easy to follow story
I couldn't wait to turn it on for my daily drives, hard to stop when arriving at my destation; beautifully performed, great character & plot development.
It's not the very best, but certainly very good.
Best of all, I love its history and the fact that I'd never heard of it! Nor of its author, whose name must be American, I thought. Always happy to learn. Wikipedia sold this book to me. First published as a book in 1860 London, it was written throughout 1859 as a serial for monthly or weekly newspaper.
From Wikipedia: "It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of 'sensation novels'." This sentence convinced me: "The use of multiple narratives draws on Collins's legal training, and as he points out in his Preamble: 'the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness'."
At the time of purchase, I was researching family history in England and Australia during the 1850s. What better way to gather a feel for the class and gender inequalities of 1850s England, than through its fiction. I wasn't disappointed.
The readings were exceptional. I absolutely detested the sound of the most loathsome male character in the book. Likewise I detested the voice of the superior house keeper of the property and her inability to distinguish between nobility and decency. Where each participant is given the time and opportunity to tell their story uninterrupted, the bore or the shrew will be difficult to tolerate in an audio book. As it is in life. Sigh.
35 hours would be difficult at a sitting but I must confess that I do have my books playing night and day. These readers use the nuances of the language rather than volume to control the variations of pitch, tone and accent.
I'm surprised that it wasn't heralded during struggles for women's rights, votes and legislation. Maybe it was. I missed it. I'm glad that I've found it and I do recommend it.
I was astonished and so pleasantly surprised by this book. Although it is more than 150 years old it is just as relevant as any thriller written now. Actually I would say much better. The characters are developed superbly, the psychological insights into the characters and their motives are right on target and the story itself is so original.
I could not stop listening to this book and being amazed anew at each chapter at the brilliance of the story. The narration, told by a man and woman, are also very well done.
Listening to The Woman in White brought out the drama of the moments and the flavor of the different characters.
The story itself is a little drawn out and sometimes melodramatic. The idea is refreshing and the mystery kept me guessing the first time I read it.
I loved to listen to Count Fosco as read by Simon Prebble as much as I love to hate the character himself.