The Woman in White, considered one of the first mystery novels and is the best known work of English novelist Wilkie Collins.
Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress?
Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.
William Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
This is one of the greatest ripping yarns in print, but the reader manages to turn it a total yawn . He does a great job with the occasional characterisations (eg Pesca etc) but as a lot of the novel is written as the recollections of one man, there is SO LITTLE VARIATION IN TONE and the reader is SO lackadaisical, making mistakes with the text and even syntax on occasion. Do yourself a favour and either read the thing in print, or get another version. I couldn't finish it, and I ALWAYS finish the books I buy.
I am really enjoying the story, and the reader does a great job bringing the characters to life. But the defects in the production keep pulling me out of the story and ruining my enjoyment--I can hear someone talking in the background at times, the reader bumps against the mike or something (thump), I can hear pages occasionally being turned. Sheesh. Some of the pauses are way too long. And sometimes the reader flubs a word and then corrects himself. Basically, this reading needed a little more quality-control.
I started this book with this narrator and found it awful. I kept hearing him inhale, which was very distracting. I did not get into the story at all - the narration just did not engross me. I decided not to give up on the book (I almost did), but to try a different narrator. I'm sure glad I did. So, you can check out my review of a different version of this book.
I really enjoyed reading one of the first mystery novels. It was so neat to see how things were in the 1800's. The story was not particularly overwhelming, dramatic, or suspenseful, but that was refreshing. It was just a well written and thought out novel.
The narrator was a bit rough in some places, with coughing and background noises, but overall, his different voices for each character helped bring the story to life.
Overall, this was a great story with good narration at an excellent price. You can't beat the value.
I've given this book 5 starts because it truly is wonderful. The story is one to keep you intriged. The narrator does a great job of the different voices, however I have to say I found his throat-clearing, coughs, errors and paper shuffles a little irritating. If you love mystery and intrige with the background of a costume drama, you have to read this book.
Gabriel Woolf, who reads this version, does a poor job. It might be fairer to say that he seems to have worked with very poor producers who couldn't be bothered to have him reread certain lines where he says the wrong thing and then corrects himself. All these errors--and there are many--are left in. Why? It would have been so easy to simply flag those moments and either have him reread them immediately or edit it out (as much as possible) after the recording was made.
The book itself is really good. If you're interested in this story, look for another version.
Love it. It's long but worth it. Very subtle study in characters. Well written. The narrator is good but I am going to be honest has indigestion a lot. Other than that, just loved it and didn't want it to end. felt like I was involved in another time when it was in my ear. very descriptive. great!
This is a great book, and Wilkie Collins is a master. The recording is not top quality, but Gabriel Woolf has a great voice and you can't beat the price. If you can look past some background noises and little stumbles you will not be disappointed. If you are a finicky listener, look for a different version, but make sure you listen to The Woman in White.
I came across Wilkie Collins in the recent novel Drood. He was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and collaborated with Dickens in several plays and stories. The plot of The Woman in White rivals the complexity of Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend but the action is overly confined to the drawing room for my taste. The story lacks life and seems dated
"great classic novel"
quirky classic story . i loved it, it took me a while to get into d flow but once in, i was hooked and couldnt wait to see the final outcome. there was one or two funny scenes and i still shake with laughter as i think of them!
"Classic story well told"
I have to admit I was already pretty fond of this story as a book, Wilkie Collins may be a lot less famous than his drinking partner and fellow writer Charles Dickens, but his legacy is similarly rich, the Moonstone was recognised as one of the first detective novels, and the Woman in White is a story that lives on in the memory for a very long time. The running time might be daunting but this is a great way to absorb the story, which, like a lot of stories of the time, particularly in Dickens' work, was originally published in serial form. The language may go over the head of some who aren't used to classic literature, but keep listening and you can get used to it, the characters are well acted and well written, one of the reasons the story is so well liked, from the poor simple minded title character, the lead character Walter Hartright, and Marian Halcombe- unusually strong willed for a Victorian woman- to the insufferably suffering Mr Fairlie, and the great and mysterious Count Fosco. The story is uniquely structured, as an epistolary novel it is told in documents and statements by characters, sometimes switching, but the narrator is very good at differentiating the voices so that it is never jarring, and it makes a quite unique book into a very good audiobook.
"Gripping and evergreen"
For me, this is one of the best mystery thrillers of all time. Gripping and absorbing with all its twists and turns. This reading brings it so alive and immediate, and animates the extraordinary characters involved beautifully.
my second ever audiobook, easy listening, brilliantly narrated, a great way to wind down on the bus after a hard days work
"brilliantly read classic"
I enjoyed this so much that I'd slow down driving to get to the end of the chapter before I got home. I'd read The Woman in White years ago but had forgotten how gripping (albeit slightly antiquated) the story is, and how ahead of it's time it was - Wilkie Collins was an early feminist! It's fantastically and consistently well read here too. Highly recommended.
"love the story..."
I love Wilkie Collins and this is one of my favourites but the narrator has an irritating voice...
"Te Woman in White"
I loved every minute of this book. Wilkie Collins is a master story teller, I found myself chocked with feelings of the helplessness for the heroine. Gabriel Woolf is the best as a narrator, I adore his voice! I now look for stories narrated by him.
"Brilliant from beginning to end..."
Admittedly I have been a Wilkie Collins fan since my early 20s so it's no surprise to me that I thoroughly enjoyed this reading by the excellent Gabriel Woolf. I read A Woman in White more than 20 years ago and I have to say enjoyed it as much on revisiting in Audible as I did reading the hard copy. In fact, I couldn't wait to get back to it and continue the story. Although perhaps the sound quality is not as good in places as other books I have downloaded, Mr Woolf more than makes up for this with his wonderful characterisations, especially of the ebullient Count Vosco. A very satisfying listen and highly recommended - especially at the price.
Story was exellent, kept me guessing and thinking about it when not listening. Very well read.
"Terrific - highly reccomended"
I was captivated from start to finish. Fantastic plot combined with much historical information, drama, suspense, triumph over adversary, injustice, double dealing & human nature at its very best and worst !
I totally disagree with a reviewer who condemned the narration. On the contrary; I found Gabrielle Woolf's rich tones and deep timbre of voice, truly wonderful. He managed to assign a distinct personality to each of the characters and brought the story to life. There is a little page turning and the occasional swallowing sound ? but it does not distract at all.
As a previous reviewer pointed out ? fantastic value for money
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