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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)

What Members Say

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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 06-19-13
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 06-19-13 Member Since 2015
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    sharon middletown, MD, United States 02-11-13
    sharon middletown, MD, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen"
    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 2016
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elly heemstede, Netherlands 12-24-12
    elly heemstede, Netherlands 12-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not really an evergreen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not really. I admire the currage of the writer to write such a story in that time frame but it would have been better to publish it on audible in an abriged version. The whole story endlessly dragged on.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The mail narrator was rather ok but the woman I didn't like.


    Could you see The Woman in White being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. But if you find the best scenario writer maybe.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Baltimore, md, United States 12-23-12
    Helen Baltimore, md, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Too long"
    What disappointed you about The Woman in White?

    It took too long to tell the story. And the ending was contrived


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilkie Collins again?

    Probably not


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

    Performance was good


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meg E Dobson United States 12-21-12
    Meg E Dobson United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Not that well known classic hits home!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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..


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course not! That was the whole point of choosing it! I wanted to be immersed in the times! The book delivered.


    Any additional comments?

    For the right listener and at the right time, I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Dahlonega, Georgia, United States 12-07-12
    Tom Dahlonega, Georgia, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding story and performance"
    Any additional comments?

    Since joining Audible, I have used audio books to help me get through my daily fitness commitment on the treadmill and other similar machines. I have listened to many good books by outstanding readers, and am constantly searching for a good mystery/thriller. After recently starting several mystery/thrillers, written by Audible Best Sellers, I had difficulty making it halfway through the book. Is seems that today's writers feel it necessary to include plots involving child molestation, serial killers, dismembering bodies, torture, and the like. Whatever happened to the bank robbery, diamond heist, or singular murder that had a convoluted plot, interesting characters, a little romance, and a clever detective to eventually find the culprit?

    This was the case until I happened across The Woman in White. What beautifully crafted story and mystery. In my opinion, Wilkie Collins is comparable to Jane Austen in character development, and in a total command of the English language. I have started and am thoroughly enjoying my second book by Wilkie Collins, Moonstone.

    I highly recommend both of these books.

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    Kathy North Richland Hills, TX, United States 11-22-12
    Kathy North Richland Hills, TX, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Held my interest throughout!"
    If you could sum up The Woman in White in three words, what would they be?

    Very enjoyable!


    What does Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice vocal characterizations, enunciation, easy to follow story


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

    Mystery! Romance!


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait to turn it on for my daily drives, hard to stop when arriving at my destation; beautifully performed, great character & plot development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lohse outback NSW Australia 11-12-12
    Wendy Lohse outback NSW Australia 11-12-12

    Born 1949, living in outback New South Wales, Australia.

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    "Early Crime, and Sensation, Fiction"
    Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the very best, but certainly very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Best of all, I love its history and the fact that I'd never heard of it! Nor of its author, whose name must be American, I thought. Always happy to learn. Wikipedia sold this book to me. First published as a book in 1860 London, it was written throughout 1859 as a serial for monthly or weekly newspaper.

    From Wikipedia: "It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of 'sensation novels'." This sentence convinced me: "The use of multiple narratives draws on Collins's legal training, and as he points out in his Preamble: 'the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness'."

    At the time of purchase, I was researching family history in England and Australia during the 1850s. What better way to gather a feel for the class and gender inequalities of 1850s England, than through its fiction. I wasn't disappointed.


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

    The readings were exceptional. I absolutely detested the sound of the most loathsome male character in the book. Likewise I detested the voice of the superior house keeper of the property and her inability to distinguish between nobility and decency. Where each participant is given the time and opportunity to tell their story uninterrupted, the bore or the shrew will be difficult to tolerate in an audio book. As it is in life. Sigh.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    35 hours would be difficult at a sitting but I must confess that I do have my books playing night and day. These readers use the nuances of the language rather than volume to control the variations of pitch, tone and accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised that it wasn't heralded during struggles for women's rights, votes and legislation. Maybe it was. I missed it. I'm glad that I've found it and I do recommend it.

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