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)
The story is a clever mystery whilst being a wonderfully immersive historical piece that provides a great insight and experience into the world of 19th century England.
The story provided several excellent twists, and drew the reader in to champion the main charachters.
This is the first time I've heard the two readers and I loved their approach and delivery. It was pleasant to listen, over such a long book, to two different voices. I thought that perhaps listening to different voices for the same charachters might be confusing but it wasn't. The reading enhanced the story and the accents were well done.
It took a few hours to peak my interest but once grabbed, I couldn't stop. Even had it playing at work. The main character does tend to carry on a bit. The actors are very good. The punch line at the climax of the story lost a bit of strength because it wasn't as obvious to me (in the 21st century!) just how serious the deed really was, but the true depth of the plot soon came out and only then could I understand the main characters' vehement reactions.
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.
Different but good
Lots of twists and turns, never knew where it would go next.
They could make you believe the story, and different voices for different people makes it easier to follow while listening instead of reading.
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.
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!
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.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
While the story keep me listeining. I was long and oftened boring.
I would cut the lengh in half!
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!
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.
How it slowly dragged you into the intrigue of the story and kept you their until the book was fully absorbed.
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.
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.
The way it was narrated
The title is threaded thru the enitre book and you were always trying to figure out the story
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