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)
Great story with unexpected plot twists and turns. I was captivated from beginning to end. The voices were perfect to tell the amazing tale.
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.
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!;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I definitely recommend this early romantic mystery as a book, but if wanting it in audio format, find another version.
Recommended - it was a great historical story that was well written, solid and interesting.
Yes it did - great descriptions of the period and the people.
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.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I enjoy Victorian classics, so this satisfied my expectation.
The plot twists were well done. I liked the beginning scene when the woman in white first appears in the foggy London streets.
Miriam was my favorite character and was the strong heroine of the book.
Movies are never true to the book, but I would probably go with "Victorian suspense at its' finest."
Very good narration.
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