A tremendous success when it was first published in 1860, The Woman in White still enthralls over a century later.
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This is the most wonderful presentation of a fascinating story. The plot is intricate and beautifully brought to a conclusion. The readers are simply marvellous. To listen to them all in roles of the colourful characters was a pure joy. An absolute thrill. Wilkie Collins writes with such clarity without wasting a word. Beautifully musical sentences. Lots of fun and a glimpse into an intriguing historical era. Wilkie Collins was a bon vivant and his writing reflects his thirst for life. Witty and clever writing. One of the best mysteries I have read. Great characters and I loved the settings of the action. Reading this has made me want to explore all his other stories and read his letters and biography. There is a Wilkie Collins Society in London which I will join when I finish reading and listening to all his works. I also listened to a shorter story called A Rogue's Life. This was great fun and very tongue in cheek. Again Collins creates a thrilling and symmetrical plot. When I listened to The Woman in White I also bought the book just so I could read the superb language he creates. There is not a single dull moment in this book. I recommend this famous novel to you. Next I am going to listen to and read The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins conveys tension and intrigue in a way that simply grips the reader. He sets scenes to a point where the reader feels totally immersed in his world. He is interesting in the way he treats his women too. The reader sees the sexism of the Age but also feels that Collins himself was not one to stereotype women to the extent that one may see in Dickens' characters. Collins creates somewhat more rounded characters. His virtuous characters are not quite as sickly as those Dickens creates. His villains are really wicked and conniving to an engaging and thrilling extent. Collins takes the reader on a ride that one wishes would never end but which forces one to rush enthusiastically to the conclusion. Brilliant presentation of a gem!
Listening to this audiobook was the reason I joined Audible. The strength of this is the narration which is incredibly well done. I loved the fact that they had different readers for different parts as it totally brought the characters to life! Yes, as others have noted, this can be a bit wordy, but that's simply a reflection of the style of the times. Writers in the Victorian era never used 10 words when 20 would do.
Wilkie Collins was ahead of his time not only when it came to writing well-plotted mystery; but, like Austen, Dickens and others, he was a keen social observer and his characters, especially the women, reflect their relative place in society. The women characters may seem easily manipulated to us today, but their depiction by Wilkie is an accurate reflection of the times in which they lived.
Basically, if you couldn't care less about the genre and the social context in which it was written, how about just a good story, well-told and SUPERBLY narrated? If that's what you're after, then this one is for you.
As a fan of historical novels (e.g., The Winthrop Woman) that provide believable heroines it's difficult to believe that I had not read this one. The suspense, the quality of writing and knowing that this book was written so very long ago all blended together to provide a book that was difficult to put down. The narrators of this particular recording contributed to it's pleasure by instilling a sense of listening in on the past that was thoroughly enjoyable!
Excellent "old-fashioned" mystery told in the "many points of view" style. Each character has his or her own voice ( i.e. different readers ). Some were better than others but the overall effect was great.
A treat to read a clever, civilized tale that holds your attention and rewards the reader. It is amazing that this adventure is over a century old and holds up better than most of todays offerings.
This made our long, long, ten hour car trip just fly but. Whole family loved it. We especially liked how the various sections were read by different characters. Made it seem very real, even if it was written a long time ago. Five stars from a car full of might have been bored otherwise people!!
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If you liked the Moonstone you will love The Woman in White. This is an excellent recording of another classic British mystery/romance. Don't miss this story of love, loss, insanity, attempted murder, spies, and intrigue!
I thoroughly enjoyed Moonstone-the famous mystery novel by the same author. I was skeptical when I decided to buy "The woman in white" wondering if it would live up to the standard of Moonstone.I am glad that it was even better. I could hardly stop listening to it. The narrators were quite good, especially the voice of Marian Holcomb is rivet ting. I highly recommend it,especially if you love British literature !!
This was an excellent book. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat. I could hardly wait for the reader to keep going. If I was reading the book, I wouldn't have been able to put it down. One of the best books I've listened to so far.
This is one of my favorite Wilkie Collins novels. He manages to combine an tantalizing mystery with the perfect amount of creepiness to keep me on the edge of my seat. The first time I read it; I read it again soon after. This audio version is beautifully done with well selected narrators for the three distinct voices in the book. I highly recommend it.
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