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The Woman in White Audiobook

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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    Goran 03-14-13
    Goran 03-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very, very good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in White to be better than the print version?

    It is a completely different experience


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

    Yes, it was certainly gripping


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 02-20-13
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    Much better than I thought it would be. A few times I was pretty surprised by the turn of events. A little long but kept me coming back for more.

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    NYBackus 11-09-12
    NYBackus 11-09-12
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    "Splendid performances of a less than splendid book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    By far the most compelling thing about this audiobook are the performances which are absolutely first-rate.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The section which Frederick Fairlie narrates is hilarious.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 10-21-12
    Laura 10-21-12

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    "Slow and a Little Clunky"

    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.

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    Sandra K Ertley 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Struggled to finish this book."

    I felt this book could have used half the words used to tell the story.

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    Brigham 12-15-15
    Brigham 12-15-15

    I am what you might call a literary philanderer...

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    "Do Yourself A Favor... Stay Away"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nalani CENTRALIA, WA, United States 09-08-15
    Nalani CENTRALIA, WA, United States 09-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Starts slow, but it's so worth it!! Stick with it!"

    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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    Lynn A. Davidson 08-11-15

    I love books. Love to read them, listen to them, and build my stash of them.

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    "Captivating,enjoyable story"

    This is a book I completely enjoyed. The performers were very well suited and the story was full of twists and turns so that this is one I would consider listening to again.

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    JaneDur 06-09-15
    JaneDur 06-09-15
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    "Different style is interesting."

    Very different read than usual. Very engaging. The author employs different narrators that suit the story and narrative very well, as it is a mystery and has lots of legal involvement. Loved it!

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    Rene Miguel Cudaihl 04-15-15
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    "compelling narration, gripping story"

    apparently, this is a story about a lot of luck. the narration is excellent tho. one of the best ive listened to

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