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The Woman in White | [Wilkie Collins]

The Woman in White

Walter Hartright, a drawing teacher to two sisters, wants to marry Laura, though she is betrothed to another. But who is the mysterious woman in white he encounters? Wilkie Collins was a master of suspense, but his transfer to audiobook requires a cast of readers to faithfully reflect the11 different characters who tell the story. Naxos AudioBooks brings together a strong cast to bring alive the mystery and suspense of The Woman in White.
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Publisher's Summary

Walter Hartright, a drawing teacher to two sisters, wants to marry Laura, though she is betrothed to another. But who is the mysterious woman in white he encounters?

Wilkie Collins was a master of suspense, but his transfer to audiobook requires a cast of readers to faithfully reflect the11 different characters who tell the story. Naxos AudioBooks brings together a strong cast to bring alive the mystery and suspense of The Woman in White.

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What the Critics Say

"Collins's mid-Victorian novel is one of the first, and possibly still the greatest, of all literary thrillers." (The Irish Times)

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    Gwen Barber 02-01-15
    Gwen Barber 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"

    I enjoyed listening to audio, once I got used to it, I can keep handsewing and enjoying the book

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    Tome Reader 12-10-13
    Tome Reader 12-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding Work, Stupendously Performed"
    Would you listen to The Woman in White again? Why?

    Yes, possibly at some future point in the future once I have forgotten it enough.


    Any additional comments?

    I was enthralled with the narrator's voice, accent, and performance.
    The English setting of the story was appealing to me, as I much enjoy British both literature and an authentic British accent to carry it. Besides the intrigue following the mystery and the pathos in the romance, I also loved the preview into English culture and the like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Mexico, NY, United States 10-18-11
    Jennifer Mexico, NY, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    This book was amazing! I was engaged with each character and invested in the plot. The readers were great but, the story makes this one a don't miss!! Plot twists, complex characters and intrigue this book has it all. It is not fast and there is some redundancy in the characters recollections but I found it added to the plot and deepened the mystery. It is long and will take some time to get through but Collins masterfully develops his plot and sucks in his readers/listeners. This one is the granddaddy of modern thrillers and it set the bar pretty high!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Tacoma, WA, USA 12-12-09
    Rene Tacoma, WA, USA 12-12-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Like Chewing on Dry Cereal"

    The story was painfully drawn out.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Hyde Park, VT, United States 01-01-10
    Andrea Hyde Park, VT, United States 01-01-10
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    "Did not care for"

    Though the other reviews were strong on this, I personally did not care for it.

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    R. Hughes New York, NY United States 06-14-13
    R. Hughes New York, NY United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Breathtaking Version of Breathtaking Novel"

    This brilliant adaptation -- masterfully narrated by a series of gifted actors -- is compelling from first to last. I had read the novel some 15 years ago and while remembering the overall arc of the story, had forgotten some of the particulars. In any event, this version held me spellbound throughout its 27-plus hours. Not only is this one of the greatest thrillers ever written, it's also one of the best 19th-century works of English literature. This magnificent audio recording does justice to the plotting, pacing, characterization, suspense and storytelling mastery of Wilkie Collins. Now, if only Audible would release other Collins novels such as "No Name" in audio form! But just get your hands on this one -- this is a treasure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 08-30-12
    Lori 08-30-12
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    "Compelling Characters, Memorable Villains!"

    There is nothing which produces fully developed characters quite like a Victorian novel. Drama, mystery, suspense. The characters within its pages are everything you could hope for.....those to cheer for, those to despise, those to pity. One which makes your eyes roll as soon as he is introduced in the paragraph. And, then, there is Fosco!! The narration for this character is superb!! I truly enjoyed this audio. It's a treasure!!!!

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    Peggy Washington, DC, United States 11-20-11
    Peggy Washington, DC, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story well told"

    Excellent characters, a sense of time and place, suspense, superb narration: who could ask for more.

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    mrrn 04-25-13
    mrrn 04-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired RN High end of middle age or short end of old age! Adore Christian fiction, sci-fi fantasy, and mysteries.

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    "Slow moving"
    What disappointed you about The Woman in White?

    It didn't compare to the old-screen movie.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilkie Collins again?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book to be too slow moving for my taste. The plot is good--it simply takes an eon to get to it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amber RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA, United States 03-28-13
    Amber RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA, United States 03-28-13
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    "Best Audiobook That Doesn't Require Full Attention"
    Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was so fun to listen to! The dramatized dialogue made the story come to life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrators were able to capture the author's intention characterizations.


    Have you listened to any of Glen McCready and Rachel Bavidge ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard their narrations prior to this audiobook.


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

    The narrators were able to portray hilarious Italian accents which were consistent with the novel's intention.


    Any additional comments?

    The best audiobook for driving/cleaning the house/walking/anything that doesn't require paying full attention.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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