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A. Rajan

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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    When Walter Hartright encounters the "solitary figure of a woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments" on a lonely road, he is haunted by her. He falls in love with his employer's niece, Laura, because she resembles the mysterious woman. Laura, however, is betrothed to the evil Sir Percival, who wishes to marry her for her money. The woman in white, it turns out, is Anne Catherick, who was confined in an asylum by the evil Sir Percival because she knew a devastating secret about him.

    Virginia says: "The Woman In White"
    "More complex than Moonstone"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed Moonstone-the famous mystery novel by the same author. I was skeptical when I decided to buy "The woman in white" wondering if it would live up to the standard of Moonstone.I am glad that it was even better. I could hardly stop listening to it. The narrators were quite good, especially the voice of Marian Holcomb is rivet ting. I highly recommend it,especially if you love British literature !!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stone's Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Pears
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    Marilyn Scher says: "Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for."
    "Panaromic in scope, a feast to the ears."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Stone's Fall?

    The onion like nature of the story, the fact that it touches on everything from espionage to high finance, engineering to journalism, politics and current affairs of Europe alongside descriptions of human nature. The story is tied together so well it is almost an epic. In addition, the way he builds the characters is sophisticated to say the least, you are so drawn into the story. In the end, the fact that what appears to be an obvious red herring and is dismissed earlier on, comes back and hits you like a ton of bricks, I am still getting over that.


    What other book might you compare Stone's Fall to and why?

    A Tolstoyian style. Based on the style of the author to Zoom in and out, it touches on so many aspects of society and life, but still keeps the focus on human nature. The granularity of detail, for instance tiny incidences such as Stone stealthily grabbing a fruit in Venice from a girl is treated with such delicacy as and detail as is given to a high power meetings of British, Russian and French finance ministers.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They draw you in and you can almost see it happening..like watching a movie. I think the lady voices are done strangely in some instances by Simon Vance, though his reading of Stone's thoughts and projecting the personality just drowns any quibbles I may have had with the female voices. There were times in John Lee's narration where it was hard for me to keep track of the characters involved in segments with rapid conversation, but again his performance on other segments more than made up for this. Roy Dotrice was impeccable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a patient listener who likes attention to detail and enjoys a subject being deal at many levels this may interest you. If you are in it for just the "story", then look elsewhere. This book is like a journey which has to be relished.

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