Young Walter Hartright meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the 19th century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since.
From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.
Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing-master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print since its publication in 1860.
While Collins's other great mystery, The Moonstone, has been called the finest detective story ever written, it was this work that so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed "Author of The Woman in White."
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"Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit." (Dorothy L. Sayers)
It is a completely different experience
Yes, it was certainly gripping
Everything about this book was excellent. Characters, plot, narration, atmosphere - all spot on. If you enjoy a good gothic mystery, you cannot go wrong with The Woman in White.
By far the most compelling thing about this audiobook are the performances which are absolutely first-rate.
The fact that it is told in the first-person by a number of the characters, both male and female, was quite interesting. The mystery of the woman in white does carry you along for quite a while and then the mystery of how Hartright will set things right takes over. Unfortunately, the ending is somewhat fortuitous and contrived.
The section which Frederick Fairlie narrates is hilarious.
I managed my way through this period work full of over zealous manners and sensibilities. I was hoping for a much better and gripping mystery but alas I found myself wishing ill on the main characters for the book to end. I wish I'd stopped and switched to Jane Austin.
It allows us to appreciate one's true value. The right perspective makes the impossible possible .
It was way too long. Too much information about the characters. I kept thinking, "I don't really want to know how everyone feels, get on with the story." I quit listening about half way through.
No. I like mysteries, but not too wordy.
All the narrators were good. It was just the material was too lengthy.
I quit halfway through- too much detail. Others might find a lot of detail of English life at that time period interesting.
I am what you might call a literary philanderer...
Was this book worth my time? Yes, but only if it aids in helping most others to stay away from it.
I enjoyed the framework of the storyline, and, with a more brief narrative, I would have enjoyed it much more. The length of this story is well justified, though not by the woven strands of plot. Rather, the justification for its length is derived in the circumstances of the story's original publication. Interestingly enough, the history of this work of fiction is far more interesting than the work itself. Pieces of the storyline, which held the most notable weight, were absurdly underdeveloped.
I loved this mystery that has twists and turns and just when you think it's wrapping up turns again. The language is so beautiful ( at first hard to get used to)that I am going listen to it again just for the pleasure of the language!
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