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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"wonderful book perfect narration"
This is a gripping story beautifully written with Ian Holm's reading probably the best I've heard.
"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
"Well worth the read"
Well read made easy listening. Thought it miht be dated but no,, it was better than watching period dramas on tht TV.
Best audiobook I've heard yet. It's 24 hours long which put me off at first, but from the first chapter I was hooked and ended up finishing the book sooner than any other audiobook I've purchased! The narrator brings out all the characters so well. The plot is so unpredictable. And I can't believe this novel is so old, but is still so addictive to read/listen to in today's times. Don't think twice about it, just get it!!!
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"First-class mystery and detective story"
As a huge fan of Dickens, I wanted to listen to a Wilkie Collins novel as the two men were very good friends. As part of the younger generation, Collins writes a completely different and much more modern story, immaculately plotted, with all the suspense and drama he could squeeze in (mad houses, usurped identities, unscrupulous husbands, secret societies, etc). Lots of twists and turns in which Collins catches the reader out, too. Collins uses the interesting device of different voices, all brilliant read by Ian Holm. Great entertainment and (spoiler) a happy ending!
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