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The Moonstone | [Wilkie Collins]

The Moonstone

T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.
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T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel".

The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

©2001 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2001 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 03-04-13
    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Engaging old-fashioned mystery"

    Wilkie Collins, also author of The Woman in White, is a 19th-century British author I have just recently discovered, thanks in large part to the 1000 Books to Read Before You Die list. Think Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes. The mystery is ever-evolving, and the detectives, unlike Holmes, are not infallible. Indeed, it is difficult to tell who to trust (the mark of any good detective story), and the shifting narrators make for another layer of character development.

    All in all, the book is good fun. Not only was I interested to see how the plot developed, but I also developed a genuine affection for many of the characters, one of whom has ensured I will never think of Robinson Crusoe the same way again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty South Texas 02-02-13
    Ms. Patty South Texas 02-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't want to put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to The Moonstone the most enjoyable?

    The character development and story intrigue. Mr Jeffrey's narration was first class.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moonstone?

    Ahhh, Rachel and her mother during the investigation, Any moment with Sergeant Cuff (?).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with the butler and his daughter Penelope was fun. Of course, I love a happy ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was too long for one sitting, but I was always anxious to get back to the story each morning during my walk.


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers felt it was over-long, but I don't know how the fascinating story could have been told in fewer words,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Dahlonega, Georgia, United States 01-03-13
    Tom Dahlonega, Georgia, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great Wilkie Collins Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Outstanding use of the English language, read beautifully.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding use of the English language, read beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Washington, DC, United States 12-27-12
    Amy Washington, DC, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Tedious"
    What would have made The Moonstone better?

    I know this is a genre classic but it has subsequently been improved upon. The characters lack depth and the story drags like a dray hauling stone blocks on a skiff. What would have made it better would have been characters not chaicatures.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Perhaps a re-listen to the Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society


    What about Peter Jeffrey’s performance did you like?

    There appear to be about half a dozen audio versions and I chose Mr. Jeffrey's because I liked his voice and cadence.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A desire to check my watch


    Any additional comments?

    When there is more than one version of a book it would be nice if the sample read might be the same for each author so one might compare apples with apples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Elizabeth City, NC, United States 12-24-12
    Maureen Elizabeth City, NC, United States 12-24-12
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    "A Little Bit Like Masterpiece Theatre"

    I would have to say that the narrator makes this book. The story is told from multiple characters point of view and it could become very repetitive, however the narrator is so entertaining that it makes it all worthwhile. It really is a delightful listen.

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    Tiffany Williston, VT, United States 11-05-12
    Tiffany Williston, VT, United States 11-05-12
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    "Great Mystery!"

    First of all, Peter Jeffrey does a fantastic job with all the voices he has to perform in this novel. Excellent work, and I never felt confused about who was talking.

    The story itself is great! A nice long book, which I always enjoy, and one that kept me guessing for quite a while. You're led on many different pathways to decide what happened to which character after the Moonstone is stolen, and who could possibly have taken it. The main narrator, Mr. Bettridge is a great Yorkshire man and his voice is done very well. I enjoy stories from this time period, and so often they're overdone by modern writers, but this tale is almost relaxing from start to finish. There are moments of shock and excitement, and then, with Bettridge, you settle down and enjoy the rest of the tale. Bettridge is the kind of narrator you wish you could go visit and have a cup of tea and a pipe with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Frisco, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Cathy Frisco, TX, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Mystery - Well Done"
    If you could sum up The Moonstone in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, wonderful characters


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a bit long in spots, but well worth it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they were recreating the night of the robbery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved it all.


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    sharon middletown, MD, United States 03-18-13
    sharon middletown, MD, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok story, just too wordy which makes it boring"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was too wordy. The telling of the story by each person involved made the story long and took away from the events that were happening. The plot was decent but you just get bored by too many words

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Clifton, VA, United States 07-10-12
    Patricia Clifton, VA, United States 07-10-12
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    "T00 DRAWN OUT THE AUTHOR COULD HAVE WRITTEN LESS"
    What did you like best about The Moonstone? What did you like least?

    THE BOOK COULD HAVE USED AHEMINGWAY TOUCH


    Would you be willing to try another book from Wilkie Collins? Why or why not?

    YES


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    THE READER WAS NOT CONVINCING IN THE W0MEN'S PARTS AND NOT TOO GOOD AT VARIOUS VOICES FOR EACH CHARACTER.


    Could you see The Moonstone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Helen
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    "Disappointed"

    I've been keen to read this classic novel for years, so felt really excited when it came out as an audiobook. I'd just finished reading DROOD and so was interested in Wilkie Collins and his development as a novelist alongside his friend Charles Dickens. I loved THE WOMAN IN WHITE so what could go wrong...?

    I tried really hard to like this book, but it was simply boring. I endured hours of interminable narration where nothing happened - and the narrator was so turgid he simply sent me to sleep. I left it a while and went back to the beginning at a later date, in case it was just me...but that made no difference. Two attempts and several hours wasted, and now I've given up. Maybe I'll come back to it in a year or so and find I love it (I really hope so).

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  • Nicola
    ascot, berks, United Kingdom
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    "Classic genius"

    Great book. Authentic if not a little frustrating 'class system' approach to serious issues and yet this was very enjoyable and a huge change to my usual horror/thrillers I read/listen to.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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