Patrick Tull's performance of The Moonstone is a nail-biting listening event. Tull's rich and dynamic voice keeps the audience engaged in this Victorian mystery. The story follows the Verinder family as they investigate the theft of a yellow diamond. Before belonging to the family, the jewel is said to have been resting on the forehead of an Indian idol. Is its disappearance a result of a legendary curse?
The Moonstone is a classic in the genre of detective fiction. With a remarkable story and memorable cast of characters, mystery lovers will be delighted by this audiobook.
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.
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"The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels." (T.S. Eliot)
"This finely crafted tale is riveting in the audio medium." (Library Journal)
Was it life changing or so thought provoking that I have thought about it for days? No. But it was a fun read that was clean and well done. I especially appreciated that it was written in the 1800's. It just goes to show a good book endures. I enjoyed the mystery, I laughed at the "reenactment" of the crime and I especially enjoyed the narrators. If you like mysteries, give this one a try.
God, this is but a long story and very rich in details.
But once you get to know the characters you'll soon get drawn into the book.
There are different views on the story and this is being told from different narrators, which makes it a real experiance. I liked the buttlar best. Anyhow, the finishing to the story is somewhat odd, and ends to sudden, compare to the richiness of the rest.
I am a great fan of Dickens, Trollope and other authors of the lengthy Victorian novel. I looked forward to listening through the many hours of this classic early 'detective' novel. Unfortunately, it took much determination to slog through to the end. While there are many positive aspects of the book: the period detail, the amusing satires, especially that effected through the perceptions of Miss Clack. The running 'Robinson Crusoe' joke continued to amuse almost to the end. Sergeant Cuff is someone I'd love to meet again. But my goodness, the almost endless series of individual narratives with their inevitable repetitions was, to me, a torture. Even if one heard this story read out over a series of (many, many!) evenings in the family circle gathered around the fire, I think it would tax the patience of most listeners. In the case of this recording, the doling out of the various narratives to several different readers was a good idea. It did relieve some of the tedium of listening. Unfortunately, these narrators never seemed to have met, because the individual voices do not match from narrative to narrative (For example, Sergeant Cuff's voice is markedly different when interpreted by the various readers.)
Overall, I would only recommend this recording to a listener who had some academic research motive in knowing the story.
Perhaps the brilliant, plane looking, laudnam dropping Doctor was inspired in Patrick O'Brian's mind by Wilkie Collins Dr. Jennings. Since Patrick Tull has done such a wonderful job reading the Aubry-Maturin books and this one he should be the expert. I took time out from my third trip around the world with Captain Aubry to listen to another of Tull's performances and was not disappointed.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
The Moonstone is a very long epistolary mystery novel, i.e. the story is told through letters, journals, reports and the like rendered by a long list of involved characters. In spite of its length, I was constantly engaged and anxious to learn the next clue to who took the moonstone diamond, why they did, and how was it taken. This mystery was written in 1861 by Colin Wilkie. Despite its age, the novel is timeless and will still engage readers/listeners in the distant future.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
I decided to read this after having listened to and enjoyed Collins' "The Woman in White." At first I almost stopped listening, mostly because I wasn't a big fan of the second narrator. He reads the part of Gabriel Betteredge, which is a rather long section of the book, and his voice got on my nerves. I also had this nagging feeling, even though I had never read the book before, that he wasn't presenting Betteredge's character in the right tone. But I persevered and I'm very glad I did. There are various narrators for the many character accounts in this book and most of them do a fine job. (I was annoyed by the narrator of Sergeant Cuff's section as well, but it was a short section.) The story is engaging, and I enjoyed never quite knowing what was going on until the end (the same was true with Collins' "The Woman in White").
Being new to audio books, this was one of the first books I purchased. I thought the performances were excellent and spot on! All the characters were read very well and I particularly liked the way Mr. Collins and the performers were able to capture the essence of their character within their station in life. Mr. Blake, the hero, being very formal and a little highbrow and the butler, Mr. Betteridge, being more down to earth and "real" in his search for meanings within his Robinson Caruso. The female character, Miss Clack, grated on the nerves as a person, but the woman who read her did an amazing job of bringing across her overly-religious zealotry and passion for the good book. It felt good that the main characters felt the same about her that I did and you had to admire her persistance to spread the good word. All in all, a very well written and well performed book with quick turns of phrase and excellent visuals. It didn't matter to me who took the moonstone, I just enjoyed listening to it.
A classic that I had never heard of. As long as you can tolerate Victorian sensibilities, you'll very likely enjoy it. The butler and his copy of "Robinson Crusoe" are memorable.
If you are not used to listening to a book of this genre or time, this can seem very long and drawn out. However, the story is very interesting and hooks you in quickly. The narrators do a great job and the characters feel complete and real. Overall - a great example of its type and I do recommend it.
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