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)
I had always been curious about this book, which I understand is the first mystery novel. It was very good, though marred a bit by time, especially in the way the women characters are drawn. But what made this a great listen was the way the several narrators brought the characters to life. The best by far was Patrick Tull's reading of the butler obsessed with "Robinson Crusoe." Definitely worth listening to if you are a fan of British lit - just let yourself get lost in the performances and don't worry about the silly women or the improbable plot.
I love that this book has a full cast, it allows the story to flow and for the characters to really come alive.
There is mystery, intrigue, and Miss Clack makes me laugh every time.
The story is silly. The narrative is way over the top. I couldn't finish the book. I felt my IQ lowering with every word. Can I get my money back?
It was repetitive. The same "cute" narrative of the story teller saying "yes, I'll get back to the story" The story dragged on.
just about anybody
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
The Moonstone is an excellent example of discretion gone too far. The book, like some more contemporary portrayals of past societal etiquette, (e.g. Downton Abbey) gives an example of what, from the outside looking in, or back in this case, seems a ridiculous series of unfortunate events that might have been overcome by a little more honesty and alot less histrionics portrayed as romantic notion or societal anx over public image.
Bound by the societal status & expectations of their time, the characters in The Moonstone are subject to criticism only from a contemporary and more American point of view. In their own time the author has presented an interesting mystery with elements of the supernatural, predicated on superstition and racial stereo-types of things foreign or unknown to English Society. The characters seem to overlook the fact that the jewel in question was actually stolen in the first place from a foreign country before their own mystery of the jewel's subsequent whereabouts really begins.
Not realizing that the story has multiple narrators (by point of view) I originally wanted the book because I am a fan of anything narrated by Patrick Tull. However, the other narrators are not too bad and Tull does narrate the part of my favorite character. I particularly liked the Robinson Crusoe reference as a panacea for what ails and believe that Tull always does an excellent job of lending the perfect measure of humor and gravity to be adminstered as needed.
Like any mystery there were some "red herrings" in the story that might have been better left out of the characters' experience as well as the readers', but overall this was a good book and has my recommendation as a worthwhile audiobook listen.
Man, I really, really enjoyed this, once I got a good audio version of it. This particular one is excellent--really great narrators. And the story was a lot of fun. Though I knew right away who the jewel thief was, I had no idea how it was done, and Collins drew out the mystery beautifully as each narrator contributes more pieces to the puzzle. There's also a lot of humor, which I wasn't expecting, and things are tied up perfectly at the end. I loved this, and I can't wait to read more of Wilkie Collins!
Yes. The narrators are wonderful and of course the story is classic.
I loved all of them. He is a wonderful actor.
Yes I laughed. I have read the book twice but never realized how funny it was until Iistened to it.
I know it's a classic but unfortunately I found the authentic British accent of the narrator rather heavy, interfering with my enjoyment of the reading. Usually I do not object to accents--loved Life of Pi and am a fan of Downton Abbey, but this reading obscured the text.
After listening for an hour and the plot had gone nowhere, I gave up! If a book hasn't grabbed me before then, I don't have any more time for it.
No - not with so many other outstanding books and authors out there.
There is so much flotsam and superfluous writing in this book that, by the time a point was made, one forgot what the point was. I just could NOT get past the palavering to the story. Had to quit listening after about 4 hours. I really did try; this book just didn't do anything for me.
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