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The Moonstone Audiobook

The Moonstone

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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)

What Members Say

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    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-28-11
    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nancy campione 03-12-09 Member Since 2016
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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 2016

    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 Waldron 12-30-07 Member Since 2013
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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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    Rod Riverside, CA, United States 06-03-06
    Rod Riverside, CA, United States 06-03-06
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    "A most unusual and enjoyable tale"

    I selected this title by chance and was so glad I did. It was excellent, unique, wonderful narration. The only reason it's not a 5 is because I think it ended up being a little longer than it needed to be.

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    Jim L Wilson 04-27-04
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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 2006
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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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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 08-19-05
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 08-19-05 Member Since 2016
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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".

    3 of 9 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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