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)
Although the plot was a bit slow at times due to a ton of descriptions, it was exciting and so much fun.
Walter Hartright - Simon Prebble; Marion Halcombe - Josephine Bailey
When Walter Hartright finally had the chance to tell Laura he loved her.
This was a terrific book. It was so much fun to actually get a real glimpse of life in the mid-1800's. Especially the role of women - even if the book was written by a man. I would put this book on par with other classic Victorian novels.
It ranks very high!
Yes, the story unfolds through the voice of multiple characters. The reader/listener discovers the details of the story just as the characters in the story would.
Oh, the characters come alive through the voices of the reader! Especially Simon Prebble did a fantastic job of reading. I especially enjoyed his interpretation of the character of Mr. Fairlie!
I've read a lot of classic novels, but somehow I had never even heard of Wilkie Collins, let alone "The Woman in White". I started listening on the recommendation of my sister and now I'm eager to read more of his writing. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good classic novel- full of flowery language and a story where everything is not as it seems.
No - It's a long narrative
Yes and No. At times the characters were a bit hard to keep straight but for the most part it kept you engaged
The scene when the husband of the aunt was introduced to the household along with his physical description and psychological presence
Neither - Just absorbed in the plot
A little bit long, dragged at some times, especially at the beginning. Also seemed a bit repetitive in a few sections, but very good narration.
Great characters and interesting plot twists make this story of treachery come alive.
Despite the publication date, the language does not feel dated.
This is one of my top 5 favs.
a gripping plot that had me glued to my headset...
they simulated the voice inflections and accents of the period amazingly.
I highly recommend this book. The narrators were top notch. There is wealth of details about Victorian England. After reading this I wanted more just like it. I already got The Moonstone which was also wonderful.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The storyline was apt to make you want to listen all day. The performances were remarkable. So sorry that was more than three words.
A pleasant surprise came with the narration. I had started reading a hard copy of the book prior to moving over to the audio version. Hartright, as read by Simon Prebble, sounded exactly as I imagined.
The novel would win the Booker Prize were it released tomorrow.
No, this was my first. I have since purchased a few more of their works.
Without giving too much away, Walter and Marian's conversation about Laura towards the end of the novel. That, or Fosco's admiration of Marian.
Engaging plot, well-developed characters, great narration.
This is a lengthy, involved and quirky plot. The wordiness is indicative of the time the book was written, but it is a great listen. Not sure I would have read the whole thing. The plot has a lot of intriguing twists and turns, but carries a lot of suspense in the latter portion of the book.
The last days at Blackwater Park were very intriguing, can't say more, or the cat will be out of the bag. The later days in London were also great!
Not, unless I wanted to stay awake for 18 hrs! Have a long drive or flight coming up? This is a great book for something like that.
I chose this book based on several references to it made in Diane Setterfield's "Thirteenth Tale". Am surprised I hadn't run into it before then.
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