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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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    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 09-23-12
    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A Classic"

    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.

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    ListensAll Day Los Angeles 09-11-12
    ListensAll Day Los Angeles 09-11-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    Great characters and interesting plot twists make this story of treachery come alive.
    Despite the publication date, the language does not feel dated.

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    Edward Douglasville, GA, United States 09-10-12
    Edward Douglasville, GA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Top Notch!"
    Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my top 5 favs.


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

    a gripping plot that had me glued to my headset...


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

    they simulated the voice inflections and accents of the period amazingly.


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    Sluss Chicago, IL, United States 09-10-12
    Sluss Chicago, IL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and performance"

    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.

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    Cheryl Ogden, UT, United States 09-10-12
    Cheryl Ogden, UT, United States 09-10-12
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    "A very good read......oops....listen."
    If you could sum up The Woman in White in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    Albert Witts 09-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Tremendous story, wonderful narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    The novel would win the Booker Prize were it released tomorrow.


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

    No, this was my first. I have since purchased a few more of their works.


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

    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.


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    Terry 09-04-12
    Terry 09-04-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Wordy, but well worth the listen"
    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    Engaging plot, well-developed characters, great narration.


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

    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.














    Which scene was your favorite?

    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!


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Robin 08-24-12
    Robin 08-24-12
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    "A classic that should be better known"
    Would you listen to The Woman in White again? Why?

    Probably not because of the length but I did enjoy it


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

    Some of the plot was predictable but there were several dramatic surprises.


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

    Walter was my favorite, although he doesn't appear in large parts of the book. I chose this book partly because I have enjoyed Simon Prebble. The largest part narrated by Josephine Bailey is of the character Marian and I disliked how she did that character, she sounded too mechanical, as if she was reading rather than speaking.


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

    There is a great surprise around the middle of the book which I didn't see coming and which introduced many questions answered in the later part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably listen to others by Collins.

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    J. G. Bawden Gold Canyon 06-04-12
    J. G. Bawden Gold Canyon 06-04-12

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    "Long listen but worth it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a tour of Engish custom and manners as well as a passable mystery. I enjoyed the character development and ability of the author to transport the reader to the setting the novel takes place in.


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    Suzanne H NYC 04-19-12
    Suzanne H NYC 04-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved every word"

    I enjoyed every word and throughout the book I could not wait to find out what would happen next. This is one of those books you do not want to stop listening to. The characters were fun and interesting and very well developed. Somehow, even trivial events in this book are written in a way that makes them intriguing. Highly recommended.

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