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The Collector | [John Fowles]

The Collector

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs.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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Withdrawn, uneducated, and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs.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.

©1963 John Fowles (P)2011 AudioGo Ltd

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    Erica Smith Goose Creek, SC United States 02-28-13
    Erica Smith Goose Creek, SC United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Collector?

    This is a masterpiece of a first novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bizarre and powerful. A compelling portrait of intriguing self-delusion.


    Which character – as performed by James Wilby – was your favorite?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 06-04-13
    Sharon APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2011

    SM.

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    "Masterful narration"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 08-11-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "You DON'T tell a Disease its Name"

    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.

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    Gary Austin, TX, United States 01-31-14
    Gary Austin, TX, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bravo James Wilby!"
    Where does The Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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%.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collector?

    When the story switched from the kidnapper's to the prisoner's point of view.


    What about James Wilby’s performance did you like?

    He was masterful! Perhaps the finest reading performance I've encountered.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    Richard SOUTH PORTLAND, ME, United States 01-06-14
    Richard SOUTH PORTLAND, ME, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does The Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've heard. Couldn't stop listening - finished in two days.


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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 12-19-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "the book dragged on and on."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Fowles? Why or why not?

    no, it was boring. the story was tiresome.


    Which character – as performed by James Wilby – was your favorite?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe, i think it is a movie. it probably got jazzed up and made a lot more exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    this is not the worst book i read but i probably will not read it again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    What disappointed you about The Collector?

    Both characters are dislikable, plodding and repetitive storyline. I can't wait for it to be over.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Fowles again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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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