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The Moonstone | [Wilkie Collins]

The Moonstone

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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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)1989 by Recorded Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 02-16-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic narration!"

    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!

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    Rochelle C. Wright North San Juan, CA USA 01-13-12
    Rochelle C. Wright North San Juan, CA USA 01-13-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Best ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The narrators are wonderful and of course the story is classic.


    Which character ??? as performed by Patrick Tull ??? was your favorite?

    I loved all of them. He is a wonderful actor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I laughed. I have read the book twice but never realized how funny it was until Iistened to it.


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    Harriette 01-06-12
    Harriette 01-06-12
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    "A classic somewhat obscured by the narration."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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    drummergirl 12-07-11
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    "Slow entry into the plot!"
    What would have made The Moonstone better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilkie Collins again?

    No - not with so many other outstanding books and authors out there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MOJO 11-09-11
    MOJO 11-09-11 Member Since 2013
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    "What an exquisite piece of literature!!"

    Listening to The Moonstone was an absolute joy! The narrators are extraordinary and of course the story is beautiful and charming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-28-11
    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Dreadful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 05-26-11
    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An Perpetual Favorite"

    This is a book I have read and reread over the years and I had high hopes for the audio version. Those high hopes were all realized. What an excellent version! The multiple readers were superb and really brought the characters to life. Of all the different audio versions of The Moonstone, I'm glad I purchased this one. I recommend it to anyone who is a Wilkie Collins fan and to anyone who enjoyed the multiple reader version of The Woman in White.

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    nancy campione 03-12-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Dated"

    For me, this just hasn't stood the test of time. The mystery is predictable, the characters are dated, the writing just plods along. I'm an avid fan of Victorian novels, but this was very slow, and although I really wanted to like it, I was bored.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    pilot East Coast 01-18-09
    pilot East Coast 01-18-09 Member Since 2012

    Listening to books makes my mundane tasks so much more palatable.

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    "Not bad, but not nearly my favorite"

    I suspect Wilkie Collins fans will greatly enjoy this book. If you are big fan, ignore my criticisms below. My chief complaint is with the story itself rather than the audiobook. Without spoiling the story, I'll say only that I thought the plot and ending were rather silly, with a series of far-fetched circumstances and bizarre twists at the end. I greatly preferred Wilkie Collins' "Woman in White" audiobook because it is a darker, yet more interesting story with better plot development.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 12-30-07
    Virginia 12-30-07
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    "The Moonstone"

    An enthralling listening experience. All the readers are superb. Don't miss this one. A fantastic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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