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.
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"disappointing narration style"
The narration is not to the high standard that I have come to expect. Whilst the accent, enunciation and character voices are fine, there are long pauses, mistakes and the breathing / swallowing sounds reduce the pleasure of listening to this quite considerably.
"Introduction to Classics"
For someone brought up on pulp thrillers, this novel was a pleasant surprise. Although 'old-fashioned', the story would be relevant in any decade or century - lovers unable to be together due to a promised marriage proposal, and devious murky partnerships made for a great listen.
This recording was clearly made to a budget and a deadline - there are lots of small self-corrections and studio background sounds - but Woolf's reading is so good - resonant, well-paced and expressive of character - that it doesn't matter. Recommended - but an editing clean-up would make it perfect.
This is an excellent book of its period, peopled with memorable characters. After a slightly slow start the pace picked up and I was caught - snatching every opportunity to listen and find out what happened. The story is full of unexpected twists and turns. I found the device of having different characters tell the story at different points throught the book one which maintained the suspense.
Gabriel Woolf reads well and has a pleasing voice which more than compensates for the occasional technical hitch (eg the background noise of a page turn).
If you enjoy 19th century writing I thoroughly recommend this book.
"The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins"
This is still a ripping good yarn with an excellent plot which incorporates twists and turns. The characters are well developed although I did find myself a little impatient with the insipid Laura Fairley but no doubt she was a woman of her time.
This book is excellently narrated by Gabriel Wolfe whose voice is perfectly suited to a victorian novel and lends it some gravitas.
At ?5.00 a pop what have you got to lose? This book should be on everyone's reading list.
I have been listening to audiobooks for about a year... I listen to about two per month. This one has been one of the best books I have listened to in all this time. It grabbed me, and I could not stop listening. I took advantage of every free moment to come back to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the character descriptions and the narrator. I recommend it strongly!
I can't even properly rate this book as a book, because the narration is so annoying that it makes it impossible to proceed with listening. Big dissapointment.
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