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".
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"Collins's mid-Victorian novel is one of the first, and possibly still the greatest, of all literary thrillers." (The Irish Times)
Different but good
Lots of twists and turns, never knew where it would go next.
They could make you believe the story, and different voices for different people makes it easier to follow while listening instead of reading.
Not a moment, I was just fascinated to hear how people lived day to day life then, and particularly interesting that it was written during that period, if I understood correctly.
Well, you either love Wilkie Collins or . . . I happen to really like his books and this is my favorite by far. I loved listening to it even though I read the book years ago. This is a real time investment but so worth it. The performances were great, not overdone or overwrought. You'll like it!
I wish more books were written and narrated with as much class as Woman in White. Artfully laid out as a series of narratives from the unique perspective of each character in turn, cleverly reflecting the personality of each, and woven into an intriguing story. No hype or bustle, just elegant literature with an captivating plot.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
While the story keep me listeining. I was long and oftened boring.
I would cut the lengh in half!
I am starting to think I must have a must different taste than the typical Audible listener, because this is another case where I took the advice of fellow members (rave reviews) and was disappointed.
Don't get me wrong this is far from the worst book I have ever read or will ever read. It started out very strong... so strong that I ordered it for my mom as a mothers day gift! How could it fail? A bestseller in its time (more than Dickens) and still a classic favorite today.
But for me I found myself zoning out constantly (and happily so to help the time pass by). And never ending story plots.
The idea behind this story was strong, but for me the author was very long winded and could have made this a much shorter (and therefore enjoyable story).
One thing I will say about this book is that the author spares no detail! So if you like a book where there is no summarization of events and every scene every conversation is detailed move by move, then you will love it!
Hola! I am a Mexican Island Girl on Oahu, HI. I love to read historical fiction and I have a check list of classics that I need to finish.
How it slowly dragged you into the intrigue of the story and kept you their until the book was fully absorbed.
Yes most definitely, the narrative was told by different characters of the book, and sometimes they were interceded by others which made it even more exciting.
My favorite scene was when Marian Holcombe decided to go out on the roof and listen to Count Fosco and Sir Percival's conversation. She was my favorite character.
I have trouble getting to sleep at night and this audiobook put me to sleep every night within 5 minutes.
Joesephine's performance had a very clipped unemotional voice that made it hard to be involved with the characters. Simon's performance was better but still not very inclusive.
The way it was narrated
The title is threaded thru the enitre book and you were always trying to figure out the story
Wonderful but delicate suspense. Character development was clear with their associations a part of the mystery. The performance was excellent and the experience was very entertainment.
The suspense, the mystery, the surprise.
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I was looking for a good read that didn't have a contemporary feel. Occasionally, I enjoy that. For example, Doyle's Complete Sherlock Holmes or even the modern author Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog. I'm not a Jane Austin fan, but once in awhile I have that urge to sink into something that comes at you slow, without profanity, and without wild crazy stuff.
It had its moments of boredom like every book in this style, but the point of view changes saved it. Never did I want to reach over and click it off or move it to the next chapter..
Neither out classes the other and they mixed well. I am just finishing a Baldacci book, First Family, where the two narrators didn't mesh well at all, leaving me with a disgruntled discomfort until I finally accepted it. In contrast, Bailey and Prebble worked well together and the audio mixing was excellent.
Of course not! That was the whole point of choosing it! I wanted to be immersed in the times! The book delivered.
For the right listener and at the right time, I would recommend it.
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