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The Moonstone Audiobook

The Moonstone

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Janet Casper, WY, United States 04-06-14
    Janet Casper, WY, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing story, fine performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Moonstone to be better than the print version?

    The audio gave a real flavor of the different characters' speech patterns and dialects, and added to their sense of personality.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Jeffrey – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Thomas More 11-27-13
    Thomas More 11-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Unafraid to read from any genre.

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    "A Wonderful Mystery"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer NM, USA 03-27-13
    Amazon Customer NM, USA 03-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Old, But Still Unexpected"

    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.

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    S. 03-26-13
    S. 03-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Author - Great Performance"

    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 ~

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    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 03-04-13
    Glorianne BOULDER, CO, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014

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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.

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    Ms. Patty 02-02-13
    Ms. Patty 02-02-13
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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,

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    Tom Dahlonega, Georgia, United States 01-03-13
    Tom Dahlonega, Georgia, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

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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.

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    Maureen Elizabeth City, NC, United States 12-24-12
    Maureen Elizabeth City, NC, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2008
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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.

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    9/22/16
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    "excellent reading"

    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.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    9/20/16
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    "Excellent!"

    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!

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  • Angela
    9/18/16
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

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  • Kim
    9/13/16
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    "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.

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  • mrssharpe
    9/10/16
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    "The Moonstone"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SnapWriter
    London, UK
    9/7/16
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    "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.

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  • Barbara Murray
    Ireland
    5/12/16
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    "Very good"

    I enjoyed the story and the narration was very good. great depth of character was conveyed. very happy with

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. R. Brompton
    UK
    5/12/16
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    "Simply brilliant!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spyder
    Gloucestershire
    5/11/16
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    "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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    4/13/16
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    "Excellent"

    Loved the whole story and the way it took me in to each of the characters' account. The narration was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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