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)
The narrators were excellent and each character was very clearly defined,
The many voices show the class and regional accents in a most illuminating way
love to read, love to listen
The narrators. The story was very good, but they really brought it to life.
It's a Victorian era mystery.
The descriptions of the characters are very good, but the narrators really put a breath of life into them.
I think every time the villain entered the picture, I was entertained.
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.
I liked the voices of the narrators, I thought that they were presenting the characters pretty accurately.
Good. Liked having female and male narrators. Gives the book more personality.
The stoic personality of the older sister.More people should be aware of how women were treated in the 1800's. It was degrading.
The personalities of each character.
It is too long for one sitting.
First book I have ever listened to from this time period. I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did.
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