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The Woman in White Audiobook

The Woman in White

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Publisher's Summary

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret. The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening.

Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue.

Masterfully constructed, The Woman in White is dominated by two of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction: Marion Halcombe, dark, mannish, yet irresistibly fascinating, and Count Fosco, the sinister and flamboyant "Napoleon of Crime".

Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Collins's mid-Victorian novel is one of the first, and possibly still the greatest, of all literary thrillers." (The Irish Times)

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    Kaye Sena 01-16-15
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    "Interesting and absorbing period piece"

    Very long but doesn't seem to drag.

    Most unusual story. I have just enjoyed listening for the second time - the first time being about 18 months earlier.

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    Ben 01-11-15
    Ben 01-11-15 Listener Since 2006
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    "Loved it"

    I had never heard of this book, but a friend put me onto it, and I'm glad she did. A great story beautifully told.

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    SLB 10-14-14
    SLB 10-14-14

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    "Good book, poor audiobook"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in White to be better than the print version?

    I'm still listening to this because it's useful to have Whispersync, and I can listen while I do other things. But the audiobook performance does not add to the book; instead it takes away from it. I find myself listening to the performance negatively, rather than focusing on the plot and writing.


    What other book might you compare The Woman in White to and why?

    The Woman in White is a mystery from the 1800's. Well done, with a few annoyances which are due in particular to different viewpoints in 2014 from those in the 1800's, it holds your attention and keeps you going right along, forgetting that the soup is burning.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s performances?

    Simon Prebble is adequate, but Josephine Bailey is not pleasant to me at all. Her characterizations are disasterous. The Count is Italian, and she gives him an almost German accent. Better to simply read it than attempt to act and fail. I certainly won't get another of hers.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend this early romantic mystery as a book, but if wanting it in audio format, find another version.

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    Richard Calkin Kapiti Coast, New Zealand 09-13-14
    Richard Calkin Kapiti Coast, New Zealand 09-13-14
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    "Good solid story with great descriptions"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Recommended - it was a great historical story that was well written, solid and interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did - great descriptions of the period and the people.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended if you enjoy a wee bit of romance, a mystery set in a great bygone era. It's a classic and deservedly so.

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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 08-10-14
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Victorian Mystery"
    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    I enjoy Victorian classics, so this satisfied my expectation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in White?

    The plot twists were well done. I liked the beginning scene when the woman in white first appears in the foggy London streets.


    Which character – as performed by Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Miriam was my favorite character and was the strong heroine of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Movies are never true to the book, but I would probably go with "Victorian suspense at its' finest."


    Any additional comments?

    Very good narration.

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    Ol'BlueEyes Long Island, NY 08-09-14
    Ol'BlueEyes Long Island, NY 08-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Pleasant Surprise for this old English Major"

    I thought I knew my English Lit pretty well, but this novel was a complete surprise. It combined some memorable characters suggestive of Dickens with the manners of Jane Austen and the mystery and suspense of Agatha Christie. The device of using different narrators at different part of the novel was very clever.

    Late one night, when young ladies should have been in bed, the young male protagonist encounters a young woman dressed in white lurking in the wood by the side of the highway to London. Although anxious, she decides to trust the young man to assist him. He soon has her on a cab to London. He is intrigued by the incident, but continues on his journey, never expecting to encounter her again.

    Instead the mysterious woman in white and the story of her appearance that night will come to occupy him for a long time to come.

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    Big Reader New York City 07-16-14
    Big Reader New York City 07-16-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic"
    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    A great story. I listen when I walk and when I cook. And then keep with it on my Kindle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marian


    What about Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s performance did you like?

    Great performance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just wanted to keep listening and reading


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    Robert 06-17-14
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    "A classic that I had never heard of"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    This was mentioned as a favorite of many famous writers. I had never heard of it. But I am glad I did and finally picked it up. Very deep, very intense yet moderately paced. Keeps you guessing and trying to figure out the secrets. Anything but predictable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in White?

    Never-ending true love and perseverance.


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    LEslie 05-16-14
    LEslie 05-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "great book"
    Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    saw this book on someone else' s must read list. I love period history so decided to read. I hated for it to end. I loved the characters and wanted more. Often I can guess the endings of a book but this one you don't see it coming. very well written.


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    Annette Liberty, UT, United States 04-25-14
    Annette Liberty, UT, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Victorian"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in White to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print. Of course I love the narrators. Each did a fabulous job.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not always, sometimes it really captured me and I couldn't wait to continue the story and sometimes it just went along.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book intriguing and tedious at the same time.

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