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Charles

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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "The Moonstone"
    Overall

    Let me start by saying this was my first audio book and I only hope that I will find more as entertaining and well done as this one. When I downloaded it I realized just how long it was however when I got to the end all I wanted was another segment.

    There is no instant gratification here, no detective sitting down all the suspects and telling us who done it. Instead Collins reveals the pieces to the mystery slowly and in such a way that even when we know where the end is leading, there are new twists for us, and his characters, and we wonder how he is going to get us there. At the same time, he reveals aspects of the characters and pulls us into their lives.

    While the situations may be somewhat foreign by an ocean and a hundred and fifty some-odd years, the human story is constant and as relevant today as it was then.

    As for the reading I enjoyed that as much as the story. Having different readers do the various narratives really brought the characters to life and they all did very well.

    Don't let the length scare you off. This book is well worth you time and just in case you couldn?t tell, I enjoyed it immensely.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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