Withdrawn, uneducated, and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda.
When he wins the pools, he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.
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It's a powerful story of obsession and delusion. The perpetrator seem to see himself as the victim. I suppose he was the victim of a delusional mind. Hats off to James Wilby for his wonderful narration.
This is a masterpiece of a first novel.
Bizarre and powerful. A compelling portrait of intriguing self-delusion.
Wilby slips into the role so effortlessly that one easily forgets that it isn't actually Ferdinand Clegg telling the story. Wilby should be nominated for an award.
"... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^
I loved this novel of obsession, passion and control. While at the plot level it seems like (what now is a basic, but when it came out was revolutionary) psychological creep thriller (see Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Misery, etc.), this novel is much, much more. It is an exploration and a nuanced look at class struggles, art, power, religion, money, etc.). It is a novel that resonates on several levels. It reminded me of a some weird love-child of Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Harris. But, perhaps that is just the whispers of all those moths and butterflies talking to me. The narrator bugged at times, but overall did a good job.
The Collector is one of the best first person books I've listened to. The narration is fantastic. The main character is painted with such clairty, creepy, chilling, fantastic book.
One of the best audiobooks I've heard. Couldn't stop listening - finished in two days.
Can't say that was a page turner, so to speak. I doubt I would have ever finished it if it weren't being performed for me. There was really never any climax, or anything that remotely piqued my interest.
The story starts out creepy & stays that way right until the end. John Fowles has done a brilliant job of creating these characters, particularly Frederick, who seems as though he ought to be as harmless as the butterflies he collects - but who is anything but.
"Gripping" would be a good adjective for this one. It is a remarkably well written story, my favourite so far of the Fowles books available on the Audible book store. It's compelling from beginning to end.
As much as I enjoyed The Collector, I've listened to so many wonderful books--mostly classics--I'd say it's in the top 50%.
When the story switched from the kidnapper's to the prisoner's point of view.
He was masterful! Perhaps the finest reading performance I've encountered.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
no, if you want scary or thrill--you don't get any. if you want a good story, it isn't good it is boring.
no, it was boring. the story was tiresome.
there were only two. the both seemed the same to me: bland and for all the "out loud thinking" that was going on, i felt i didn't know either of them well.
maybe, i think it is a movie. it probably got jazzed up and made a lot more exciting.
this is not the worst book i read but i probably will not read it again.
"A horrifying, realistic tale of obsession"
No, I couldn't put myself through such an uncomfortable listen again, just because the writing is that spine chilling and believable! Let me be clear, this is a very well written book, and an extremely compelling story, but one of the characters is so repulsive, it is so hard to hear the tragic story from his warped perspective.
Miranda is very brave, resourceful yet flawed young woman. She is an accurate depiction of a desperate woman in her position.
His commitment and clear diction.
Beware of the quiet ones...
This story is not for the fainthearted but is worth persevering though to the harrowing and unpredictable end.
"I listened in two days!"
Absolutely fabulous. Loved the characterisation that made my skin crawl, and Fowles has the incredible talent of making one almost feel sorry for the protagonist's situation, before realising the extent of the delusion. An excellent psychological thriller that I've already listened to three times in two months!
Both characters are dislikable, plodding and repetitive storyline. I can't wait for it to be over.
The volume seems to go from very quiet to screaming. Which is actually a positive as it wakes me up if I am nodding off.
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