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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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.
Great story, wonderful characters
It was a bit long in spots, but well worth it!
When they were recreating the night of the robbery.
I loved it all.
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
"Excellent story telling"
What a fabulous tale! I could not help but giggle at the different narrators
I found the reader very good at altering his characters, and grew fond of Betteridge. miss clack was hilarious! With her kinky distribution of her tracts!
The mystery unravels wonderfully to a satisfying ending.
"Very well-read, funny, but a bit repetitive."
This was a very good audiobook. There is a lot of humour in the novel and it's really more interesting as a comic study on personalities than as a mystery novel, as the mystery does move quite slowly. The reader is very, very good, and is very convincing as different characters.
The novel is overly-long and characters end up repeating things to one another until you wish it would move along. Though I'm not a big fan of abridgements I think in this case it might actually be a good thing.
This is too long and too slow to really listen to continuously.
Well-worth a listen, as the characters are very enjoyable, but if you lose interest easily and are generally more interested in fast-paced novels then give it a miss. The reader cannot be faulted.
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).
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.
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