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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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    "I don't get it"

    When I downloaded this title, it had a 4 star rating, and maybe I just don't get it, but I found it to be tedious, boring--even painful. I listened to the whole thing and wish I'd have just cut my loses a couple of hours into the recording. By the time I got to the "who done it" I no longer cared.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    KTinPA 11-22-03
    KTinPA 11-22-03 Member Since 2001
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    "The Moonstone is a bit slow"

    This book is probably very well written, but is alittle slow for the listener. The version I heard was broken into three parts. There was so much extra information (sidetracking) throughout the narration it detracted from the listening to this unabridged book. While it is enjoyable trying to follow the plot twists, getting through the gibberish is difficult.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Cascella Fort Pierce, Fl 03-16-10
    Anthony Cascella Fort Pierce, Fl 03-16-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Why so many versions on Audible of this Title?"

    Very long winded novel. Good plot line but could have been told in half the time. The reason for leaving feadback at this time, 2 years later, is that there are like 5-6 versions of this book on Audible, including on just released this month in March 2010. I only gave it 2 stars because it stalled too many times. Which totally confusing me why there are so many versions on Audible. If I was interested in this title I would download the newest version. This one was boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 08-19-05
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 08-19-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Just too old"

    This is just too long ago in a galaxy too far away. It was far too long, despite great narrators. So much writing, and so little story! I kept thinking, "this is what people who have no tv, radio, movies or malls do with their time - write volumes of words about trifles".

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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-18-13
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "boring"

    this book was $.95 so i got it and the saying is true "you get what you pay for", i haven't finished it yet and probably wont unless i'm desparet. event at 95 cents don't waste your money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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