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The Two Destinies | [Wilkie Collins]

The Two Destinies

In this late romantic novel, the author explores the powers of telepathy while telling a skilful tale that interweaves suspense with the familiar ingredients of Victorian melodrama.
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In this late romantic novel, the author explores the powers of telepathy while telling a skilful tale that interweaves suspense with the familiar ingredients of Victorian melodrama.

©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Nadia
    Didcot, United Kingdom
    7/22/11
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    "Uneven story, really well read"

    I love Wilkie Collins's stories. They plunge you into a whole different world and keep you wanting to know what happens next. At the same time, I have to admit this is not one of his best (there's an excellent version of the Moonstone read by Peter Jeffrey on Audible). There's still a lot to enjoy and Samuel West does a great job of keeping you going through the bits that are not so good. I'm left with a few very vivid portrayals and descriptions of places and a rather uneasy feeling towards the protagonist.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    3/28/13
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    "Not my favourite Collins"

    I am a Wilkie Collins fan, but perhaps this is the book I have liked the least. Not the usual lightness of touch and humour he uses, except for one excellent character, Mr McGlue the doctor. Feels quite long and hard going despite the short length, though still a well crafted book with the usual vaguely supernatural twist

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley
    4/4/13
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    "excellent"

    I just couldnt stop listening to this Audio Book day and in the night. Sam West is a brilliant reader, accents and appropriate pauses all perfect. The authors format is most unusual and like any good story, poem, symphony, it has all the necessary sections in place.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom
    3/8/12
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    "long and dull"

    Samuel West reads it beautifully- though why he bothered I can't say....

    The Cambridge companion to Lit in Eng. says something to the effect that Wilkie Collins talent died with the 1860s. This was written in the 1870s.

    It's long, it's tedious, it's sentimental and, a few twists excepted, completely predicable.

    Avoid it- unless you happen to be fascinated by telepathy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    5/28/11
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    "A twisting tale..."

    Samuel West narrates a largely overlooked title by an excellent writer. He manages to make all the voices commencing and compelling and draws you firmly into the narrative. Would definitely recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa
    Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom
    9/25/13
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    "Not his best but interesting"

    This is really for the aficionados - the story is rather strange and pivots on Swedenborgianism and the belief in twin souls. The plot is a bit silly. However, it's an interesting book as it gives an insight into Collin's thinking and placed in the context of 19th investigations into the occult and the supernatural the book is perhaps not quite so bizarre as modern readers might think it. I recommend it to anybody who is interested in Collins or in the more outré novels of the mid 19th century. It is quite unlike his two famous books The Moonstone and The Woman in White but you can certainly feel an echo of those two great works. Samuel West rivals his father as a superb reader and despite the rather weak story line, I was never board.

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