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.
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.
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.
Long but worth the time. Really enjoyed the details of the story. Narration was very good. I highly recommend it.
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 worried about listening to a classic novel because I thought it would be void of humor and gloomy. Thank goodness I was wrong. I think the narrators made the story.
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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