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The Woman in White | [Wilkie Collins]

The Woman in White

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.
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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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    Louise SUNNYVALE, CA, United States 11-05-13
    Louise SUNNYVALE, CA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Cast"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've read The Moonstone, and now listened to The Woman in White, both by Wilkie Collins. Collins' way of writing from multiple points of view is perfect for the audiobook format. This recording of The Woman in White was riveting, a fantastic performance.


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    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 09-18-13
    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unexpectedly entertaining"
    Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Different but good


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of twists and turns, never knew where it would go next.


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

    They could make you believe the story, and different voices for different people makes it easier to follow while listening instead of reading.


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

    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.


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    Tracey 08-31-13
    Tracey 08-31-13
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    "Engaging"

    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!

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    Christina 08-24-13
    Christina 08-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Elegantly written, artfully constructed"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Linda 07-05-13
    Linda 07-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!

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    "I listened until the end."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While the story keep me listeining. I was long and oftened boring.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would cut the lengh in half!


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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 06-19-13
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 06-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It just kept going and going and going..."

    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!

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    IslandChica 06-13-13
    IslandChica 06-13-13

    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.

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    "First Encounter With Wilkie Collins"
    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    How it slowly dragged you into the intrigue of the story and kept you their until the book was fully absorbed.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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    Susan Kanwal, Australia 02-25-13
    Susan Kanwal, Australia 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great if you are having trouble sleeping"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have trouble getting to sleep at night and this audiobook put me to sleep every night within 5 minutes.


    What didn’t you like about Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s performance?

    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.


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    sharon middletown, MD, United States 02-11-13
    sharon middletown, MD, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The way it was narrated


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

    The title is threaded thru the enitre book and you were always trying to figure out the story


    Have you listened to any of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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    Dr. John D. Reed Arkansas 02-06-13
    Dr. John D. Reed Arkansas 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense, the mystery, the surprise.


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

    Trouble in Old England


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