Walter's new work as a drawing master takes him to Limmeridge House, in Cumberland. There he meets and falls in love with Laura, who strangely resembles the woman in white. She, however, is soon to marry the financially embarrassed Sir Percival Glyde. Events at Limmeridge take a surprising turn when Anne Catherick arrives, and Walter recognises her as the mystery figure. It appears that her recent incarceration in a mental asylum was at the behest of Sir Percival, who is all too aware of the secret she holds.
Sir Percival's machinations to gain control of his new bride's wealth put both Laura and Anne in danger, and more than one life will be lost before Walter's mystery of the woman in white can be fully explained.
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The Lady in White was my introduction to Wilkie Collins and I was carried off by the story. This, from a one who don't include murder mysteries in my regular reading diet. What was done is at question, who done it and what is planned? And why for pete's sakes? In my first time through, I never got a single one of my guesses right. I gave up the heroines for dead, then Wilkie pulled an unexpected trick or two.
This dramatised version steamlined the plot and moves at a faster pace and doesn't lose a single thread from the original. One can also get to bed at a reasonable hour too. If you like complications in your stories, this one has them in spades. I enjoyed the story serveral times. It is satisfying. I even bought a couple more of Mr. Collins books: The Moonstone and A Rogue's Life and like them also. I guess I am a Wilkie Collins fan.
Painter, musician, bibliophile...
Wilkie Collins' dark mystery comes to life in this wonderful rendition of "The Woman in White." This is very much a story of its time, almost melodramatic in its struggle between good and evil, innocence and experience. Victorian though the story is, it has stood the test of time. This dramatisation makes it all the more accesible, suspenseful, and delightful. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys listening to dramatisations and radio plays.
To give an idea of the outstanding talent showcased in this production, the cast includes Juliet Aubrey as the angelic Marian Halcombe, Toby Stephens as art teacher Walter Hartright, Jeremy Clyde as posh suitor Percival Glyde, Edward Petherbridge as hypochondriac Mr. Fairlie, and Geraldine Fitzgerald as the enigmatic Madame Fosco. Who could ask for better casting than that?
The sound effects are pitch-perfect, never overdone, just enough to add the perfect finishing touch.
The book is great, but it will take some time to get through. Victorians often wrote books that could be used for doorstops, great whopping things. That's all very well when read in weekly installments in a newspaper or magazine serial, but if time is of the essence, this dramatisation is a reasonable alternative!
Also recommended by Wilkie Collins: THE HAUNTED HOTEL and THE MOONSTONE.
A simple but lovely story made richer by the great skill of the narrators, particularly Toby Stephens who has a rich, fruity voice. I will definitely look for more audiobooks narrated by him.
"The Woman in White"
Wilkie Collins was a close friend of Charles Dickens and there is more than a passing resemblance to Dickens in 'The Woman in White'. The plotting is intricate and the characters well formed. This dramatisation is well made (it is the BEEB remember)and the acting is first rate. I'd rather had Fosco slightly nastier but on the whole really enjoyed listening to a book I read a few years back. Recommended.
"An audible page-turner!"
I don't sleep well so I'm starting to listen to books in the wee small hours. Toby Stephens' voice is wonderful and the dramatisations worked very well. It's a gripping tale and well told. The music got on my nerves at first but it actually works well and adds to the drama. Highly recommended.
Absolutely loved this production, all the actors have done a great job and had me captivated from the start. The music and sound effects all add to the atmosphere of this classic story. My only complaint is that the last hour of the production seemed poorer in quality - downloaded again but it made no difference so I assume its to do with the original recording. Highly recommended.
"abridged too far"
Excellent but much too much abridgement. The BBC is far to fond of this.
Do they in their wisdom believe we the listener haven't developed enough attention span?
"Ghosts and Goosebumps"
A great listen for those who like their ghost stories edgy but not too terrifying. Curl up on the sofa with a glass of whatever and just let the story take over. The characters are old fashioned yet somehow believable and completely engaging and the tale grips you enough to make you forget which century you are in! This dramatised version is really well read by the different narrators. Loved it.
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