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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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    Voracious reader 07-23-15
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    "Bravo!"

    One of the best character developments I've read in a long time. Many newer authors could take lessons from Wilkie Collins.

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    Pennie1961 Nikki 06-30-15
    Pennie1961 Nikki 06-30-15
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    "Loved this book & the narration!"

    Great story with unexpected plot twists and turns. I was captivated from beginning to end. The voices were perfect to tell the amazing tale.

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    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 05-25-15
    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting"

    I didn't known what to expect give. The age of the work and the length of the narration - I stumbled upon it because I like other work by this narrator. I was very pleasantly surprised! Despite the length, the tale is riveting and engaging. The narration is all I had hoped and more.

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    Rebekah 04-02-15
    Rebekah 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    A great mystery with several twists and turns. I also love the voices. Too often audio books just use one voice for males and females. This book uses a man and a woman, thus making it much more enjoyable. I will definitely read more of his works!;

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    Carol 01-28-15
    Carol 01-28-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A Trip Through English Prose"

    Beautifully written mystery with the use of high English and the art of speech that just sounds like music to your ears. Our Americanization of the old British dialogue has ruined the beauty and rhythm of gentility and speech that fills this remarkable novel.

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    Kaye Sena 01-16-15
    Kaye Sena 01-16-15 Member Since 2011
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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
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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 Member Since 2016
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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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