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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I bought this version on the basis that a professional actor was reading it. I was very disappointed with the performance. There was very little difference between the various voices and and fell very flat for me. I expected more from a big name. I didn't finish it and will look for another version.
The Woman in White presents a roller coaster ride of intrigue, suspense and reversals peopled by a reluctant hero, complex villains, and a colorful supporting cast. Though written in 1851, this story seems fresh and modern in its plot, character development, and resolution.
The narration is well-paced and enhances the story.
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.
I almost gave up on this book (with a different narrator - I wrote a brief review) and decided to give it a chance with a different narrator. Given the number of versions, it was not simple to decide, because the versions with multiple readers only provide a sample of one of the readers. I took my chance with Ian Holm and was rewarded with a "page-turning" experience. He was superb, and because of his narration I almost rated the story itself a 5, better than I actually think it deserves. Not that it wasn't a good story - it was excellent, but there are some flaws. The flaws are that some of the plot devices were quite obvious, and you are just waiting until the characters in the story figure them out. The narrator does such a good job of sounding suspenseful, that you are almost fooled into expecting a real surprise, but there are only a few surprises in all the "mystery". And then, the book does not have the depth that a true 5* book has, so I left it at 4. But it is a fun ride, and Ian Holm is a super companion to take it with. I would listen to other books by Wilkie Collins,
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.
I've listened to many audiobooks over the years and never felt compelled to write a review before but, since I bought this one because of the reviews, I thought it was only fair to say thanks to those who had written about it, and to add that I also loved it! If you like your classics, this one is right up there with the best of them. Ian Holm brought all of the characters to life brilliantly, and created such a sense of atmosphere that it was hard to switch off at times! Highly recommended!
"What a plot! Couldn't put it down"
As a classic, I thought this might be slow and rambling, but instead, it is a fast moving, intriguing and fascinating journey. The reader was excellent and provided distinctive voices.
"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.
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