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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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    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.

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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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    "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.


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    Mynt Washington, DC 10-21-12
    Mynt Washington, DC 10-21-12 Member Since 2005

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    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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    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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    Terry Dimizio Santa Barbara, CA United States 03-14-15
    Terry Dimizio Santa Barbara, CA United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2014

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    Long but worth the time. Really enjoyed the details of the story. Narration was very good. I highly recommend it.

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    "Excellent reading of a classic"

    Excellent multi voice reading of an originally serialised 'thriller' written from the perspective of the characters involved. Remains as captivating today as when written in 1859 (accepting as 'of its time' the novel's characterisation of women).

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    I couldn't put it down and I loved the end. I will read it again.

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    "If you enjoy period pieces this will fill the bill"

    I look for books that consume several hours and was delighted with this one. The prose is wonderful, descriptions so full of detail and the story well constructed. I particularly enjoyed the view of that era that this volume afforded me. Sigrid Price

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