Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers, and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror.
This gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication.
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Far more exciting than anything Sherlock Holmes ever accomplished are the deeds done by Walter Hartright.
He's an art tutor for upper-class and rich adolescent girls when he meets the love of his life.
His great ardor and devotion to the kind, delicate, and gorgeous Laura Fairlie set him and Laura's brilliant and strong half-sister, Marian Halcombe, on a course of detective work. Laura is an honorable and decent girl who fulfills the promise her dead father has made, despite her own heart's fondest wishes and influences.
That obedience to her father strips her of her own dreams for the future.
Read The Woman in White to get to the truly unforeseeable truth of how that promise came to be made in the first place. And how another mysterious young woman, the one in the white dress who looks so much like Laura, lived in the shadows, knowing that her only benefactor was the victim of her mother's blackmail scheme, and the cloud of knowing she could not trust a single promise made to her by anyone in the world.
A great, ripping yarn of a story, wonderfully narrated, and with some surprising humour - I shan't forget this one in a hurry. I hadn't read the book, which might have made it all the more captivating. If you are looking for your next listen, don't hesitate. If you don't know the book, and have reservations over the period (1850-ish) and style (perhaps you're not big on other classics from the period) don't let that put you off.
And Wilkie (for those unfortunate enough to share my ignorance) is a man.
"Who needs television?"
This is a wonderful Victorian gothic melodrama that has been festering on my 'to read' list of far too long now. The hour flews by as I listened with delight to Ian Holm revealing the dastardly plot with the appropriate level of melodrama and humour. Who can possibly resist a villainess who's 'buttered toast waits for nobody' and a plot so cunning that it has weasel stamped all over it. If I get another cat he will undoubtedly be named Count Fosco.
Narrated perfectly, captivating storyline throughout, faultless. A narrative which should not be missed, The Woman in White is a masterpiece.
Compulsive , enthralling, unputdownable
The main character because of his determination to find the truth
A very enthralling story unusually told from the viewpoint of different characters so that circumstances and links helped the understanding of the story to unfold.
"Suspense, romance and so well read"
Victorian romantic melodrama
It has so many twists and turns you want to keep listening and it is really fast paced and there is great humour. Ian Holm is an amazingly good narrator.
I haven't but if they are all as good as this I shall look out for more.
I hadn't listened to any Wilkie Collins and considering when it is set and was written this is fast paced, intricately plotted and has such touches of humour that I cannot recommend it highly enough.
"Excellent reading of a classic book"
Without the distractions of radio, television or the cinema those who, in the time when Wilkie Collins was writing, had time to read tended to have plenty of it. Thus the potential listener to this audio book should be warned that it is both long and sometimes long-winded.
Whilst some will find its style and language archaic it is nevertheless a classic book and well worth listening to, particularly because of the excellent reading by Ian Holm, who catches the idiom brilliantly.
"The woman in white"
There were times when I wished the story would go faster, but by the end I had become used to its pace, so unlike modern novels.
I really enjoyed it, Ian Holm was a wonderful narrator.
"An intriguing mystery very well performed"
This Victorian mystery has an incredibly compelling plot, with feminist themes well ahead of its time.
The story progresses through the voices of many different people including house keepers and invalid gentlemen but the narrator tackles each voice incredibly well without resorting to annoying accents and changes in pitch.
I would highly recommend this book.
Well read, a really good performance. I studied it for a course I am doing with the OU, I prefer The Moonstone but it's still a good story.
"Best Speaker EVER"
The story was great, the value for money was fantastic, 24 hours of real entertainment but the speaker Ian Holm was absolutely wonderful, giving tone and difference and insight and interest to every characterisation of person and every description of narrative really quite excellent 6 stars out of 5 hope he's done other things
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