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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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.
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.
"Long setup for unsatisfying conclusions"
Just didnt fit with modern sensibilities and the resolutions were all so randomly dropped out of nowhere that they just didnt make sense
The performance is definitely the best thing about the audiobook
I enjoyed all the setup, the settings, the characters. But the resolutions, the completely unbelievable romance at the centre and the out of nowhere conclusions just seemed misplaced and ill-judged
I first heard of this book when I was reading about the author, Robert Goddard, who was so inspired to write after reading this book. Curious, I went in search of it. Oh, my goodness, what a wonderful book! I totally lost myself in its Victorian, atmospheric beauty. It is written in the first person, which (to my mind) adds to its feel and is about a tutor of drawing, Walter Hartright, who happens to meet a solitary woman whilst walking to his home late at night. He saves her from capture and from there comes a most beautifully written tale of murder, intrigue, mystery, mistaken identity and madness. I am fairly new to audio books, but I really enjoyed Ian Holm's reading of this book. Books such as this spoil me for others. How to follow such a superb book..?
"The first sensation novel"
Suspense, intrigue, confusion.
The most memorable moment of The Woman in White has to be the first meeting with that lady, on the road to London in the moonlight.
Ian Holm reads it sensitively and with feeling, as if living the story with you for the first time.
Anyone who enjoyed The Woman in White should check out Lady Audley's Secret, by Mary Braddon. Written shortly after The Woman in White in 1861, it's a feminist answer to the character of Laura Fairlie (a stock character in many novels of the era), and although it plays on many of the same themes, it turns them all on their heads.
"Mystery that went on and on and on......."
Apologies, but I found this so tedious,
Yes it is the first crime novel of its time, but had this been written today it would have been editted down to a third of the 24 hours it went on for. It was all very breathy and full of more adjectives than I have had hot dinners. The narration was dull and he hardly changed his voice from the male to female characters.
I would like this time back when I am on my deathbed please!
Love the way things were expressed in the 19th century, the story was cleaver great plot that ties together beautiful . A great classic
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