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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The audio gave a real flavor of the different characters' speech patterns and dialects, and added to their sense of personality.
Mr. Jeffrey did a marvelous job with all the characters. This was vital to this story, since it is told from different people's points of view. Each character sounded totally genuine.
A few characters certainly made me laugh, mostly because they were so totally unaware of their flaws and foibles. This humor made a nice break from the suspense, while adding to the depth of the story. But at the same time, a few characters lead almost tragic lives, and Collins shed light on how hard it is when we feel genuine sympathy but are unable to help.
A terrific story, with lots of plot twists and cliff hangers from it's original serial format. Although some characters voiced typical Victorian attitudes, overall Collins shared a remarkably modern sensibility, enouraging us to never judge people by their background or appearances.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
I was to read this book in college, got through a piece of it, but failed to finish it at the time. It's so nice to come back to it now, with the added patience and wisdom of adulthood, so that I now can appreciate it fully. Aside from being one of the first examples of the mystery/detective novel (one can easily see the Sgt. Cuff/Betteredge dynamic emulated later by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), it is incredibly funny and satirical, also. Drusilla Clack is one of the most hilarious, well-meaning buffoons in all of English literature!
I can't say enough about the narration of British actor Peter Jeffrey. He was so insightful in illuminating all the novel's great characters. There's a temptation with an epistolary novel to get a full cast together to read it, as when I read Dracula a few weeks ago. But this man was amazing at voicing all characters, male and female, old and young. I was confounded in trying to guess his age at the time of the recording!
Although the book was originally published in the 1800s, the story is just as enjoyable today. I have a hard time believing I had never heard of this book until recently.
I found the storyline great fun, keeping me guessing throughout the course of the book. The reader did a great job giving a distinct voice, including varying the accents, to the many different narrators who take their turns telling their tales.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a more classic style of mystery novel.
I am a huge Dickens fan, and given their similar writing styles how I missed this author all these years I do not know. But I am happy now to have found him now, and this performer is fantastic. I am not in love with the ending - and his other book "The Woman In White" is a better story - but this is definitely worth the time. The man could really write ~
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.
The character development and story intrigue. Mr Jeffrey's narration was first class.
Ahhh, Rachel and her mother during the investigation, Any moment with Sergeant Cuff (?).
Every scene with the butler and his daughter Penelope was fun. Of course, I love a happy ending.
It was too long for one sitting, but I was always anxious to get back to the story each morning during my walk.
Some reviewers felt it was over-long, but I don't know how the fascinating story could have been told in fewer words,
Outstanding use of the English language, read beautifully.
Outstanding use of the English language, read beautifully.
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.
Perhaps a re-listen to the Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
There appear to be about half a dozen audio versions and I chose Mr. Jeffrey's because I liked his voice and cadence.
A desire to check my watch
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.
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.
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.
A wonderful reading of this earliest and best of detective stories. Peter Jeffrey cleverly brings each character to life and makes them believable, while keeping up a good pace and holding the listener's interest to the end.
I have greatly enjoyed listening to this reading of this classic book. I last read it some years ago and it has been a great pleasure to listen to Peter Jeffrey's excellent rendition - he manages to give its very fine feeling of period!
This is my second book by Wilkie Collins. Can't wait to hear the next one. Narration was superb and am about to look for another book read by Peter Jeffrey.
"Great mystery - love the way it was written, beautifully read"
The story as a whole comes together through the personal narratives of key characters. This not only showed a more rounded picture of events (each character giving their own prospective and detailing their movements and involvement with the case. But gave the reader an opportunity to get to know each character much better.
Excellent story wonderfully told by the late Peter Jeffrey. The book is certainly a classic, witty in places, tender in places, and at times the crime seems to take a back seat, and we are caught up in the universal story of people and their lives, and then the crime is dropped back in and the hunt resumes.
"A brilliant performance of the famous mystery"
This is a brilliantly performed edition of the great mystery novel. Peter Jeffrey brings all the characters off the page. One of the best downloads I’ve chosen in a long while.
Immensely enjoyable, and thoroughly recommended.
I enjoyed the story and the narration was very good. great depth of character was conveyed. very happy with
I absolutely love this book and it is superbly narrated. The style is in the form of different people's accounts of the 'adventures' of the yellow Indian diamond known as 'The Moon Stone'. I won't say any more than that as I have no wish to spoil the story in any way for those who come completely new to it. Do not be put off by the fact that this story was written in the nineteenth century and that you worry it will be mawkish or overlong. It is a ripping yarn, with moments that made me laugh and elements that made me sorrowful. Although I know the ending (having both read the book and listened a number of times to the audible) I still find it exciting.
"Review of the Moonstone"
The story is well narrated but very dated, slow and cumbersome.
I was not sorry when the final chapter came to a close!
Loved the whole story and the way it took me in to each of the characters' account. The narration was excellent!
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