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The Woman in White | [Wilkie Collins]

The Woman in White

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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."

Public Domain true(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Classics, 2011

"Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit." (Dorothy L. Sayers)

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    Kathleen Lebanon, NH, United States 03-19-12
    Kathleen Lebanon, NH, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A superb retelling of a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were excellent and each character was very clearly defined,


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The many voices show the class and regional accents in a most illuminating way


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Lynnwood, WA, United States 03-05-12
    Deborah Lynnwood, WA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011

    love to read, love to listen

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    "The narrators really shine!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    The narrators. The story was very good, but they really brought it to life.


    What other book might you compare The Woman in White to and why?

    It's a Victorian era mystery.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The descriptions of the characters are very good, but the narrators really put a breath of life into them.


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

    I think every time the villain entered the picture, I was entertained.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Veronika 03-04-12
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    "Classic mystery story, well presented."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in White to be better than the print version?

    Never read the printed version - so I cannot tell if the audio edition is better. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and was following the path of the story very attentively.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the voices of the narrators, I thought that they were presenting the characters pretty accurately.

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    Pamela East Haven, CT, United States 02-13-12
    Pamela East Haven, CT, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good. Liked having female and male narrators. Gives the book more personality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stoic personality of the older sister.More people should be aware of how women were treated in the 1800's. It was degrading.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The personalities of each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is too long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    First book I have ever listened to from this time period. I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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