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Publisher's Summary

This is heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: a fabulous diamond stolen, everyone in the house is suspected, three mysterious Indians sworn to protect the jewel at all costs, the upstairs/downstairs tension from the servants, and a brilliant detective who is eccentrically fond of roses.

Public Domain (P)2009 B.J. Harrison

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Wilkie Collins was a man ahead of his time!

I have loved this book since I first read it many years ago and I love it just as much today! Collins is believed to be one of the first mystery writers and not only does he create a first rate mystery but he has developed one of the most beloved characters I have ever known in the form of Mr. Betteridge who embodies wisdom, humor and care as he hopes to immolate his favorite character, Robinson Curuso. The narration by B.J. Harrison was so perfect. The whole presentation is epic. I'd recommend it to anyone.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Performance

I thoroughly enjoyed BJ Harrison's performance of this book. His characterizations are so clear and masterful that he adds dimension to an already compelling work.

The Moonstone is a well-crafted, often funny, engaging book. It's been dubbed the first mystery novel, but it's more than that. In this production, the many characters come to life in a remarkably nuanced performance.

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 08-03-16

Very enjoyable

As this is supposedly the first mystery novel I'm glad it was done right. Good pacing, character development, and suspense were on great display. Really enjoyed this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A reliable combination

All of Wilkie Collins' work is wonderful and BJ Harrison's narration is always on point. The two here combined, make for a fantastic and enjoyable tale.

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Get the Abridged Version...NOW.

I was excited about this book, knowing of it's history slightly, in passing. Always love a good mystery, especially the Sherlock Holmes-type both in period & production. This story was just sooooo long. There was entirely too much; much more than necessary. Repeated sentences, tangential story lines, and explanations that need not be there. Normally I love the UNabridged version of books, however, I learned my lesson from this & my favourite book of all time (The Count of Monte Cristo)...some books just need to be abridged.

The narrator was good; seemed to sound like many others from similar books written at the time. It certainly isn't his fault there were too many words to read. It was a good performance.

As for the plot...once you get through to the good stuff, it is great! Please believe me though, for your own sake, get the abridged version. 📚💞📖❣️

*~Cecelia~*

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A Gem - pun intended

I really enjoyed the slow pace of this book. it is extremely well written. I have to admit that I am biased toward 19th century English novels. I enjoyed the relaxing pace, subtle humor and clever plot.

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First rate classic mystery

This is a very engaging, excellently narrated British mystery. It is chock full of well drawn interesting characters that B J Harrison brings to life to full effect.
It is long, many have proclaimed it too long. Yes, there were times when I wished for Mr Collins to just get on with it but I never really lost interest. The characters are just too good.

I had never heard of this author or this book. I am so grateful to Audible for introducing them to me. Wilkie Collins is a master at creating unique characters: Gabriel Betteridge is now a favorite (what a gem!) along with Sergeant Cuff and his roses, then there is the hilarious Miss Clack, the classic British adventurer, the stuffy lawyer, the servant with a past, and on and on! So happy to have met them all.

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A little long

Be sure to listen whilst you are able to give your full attention. It is worth the extra effort!

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Who stole the gem? Who cares.

I rarely leave a book unfinished. I enjoyed this book at the start, but at the half-way point, it had reached the "enough already, just get on with it" status. The characters are fully developed, maybe too much so, and the plot is interesting. At the point I abandoned the story, several characters had given their point of view of the events surrounding the mystery of the missing moonstone. No spoilers here...I gave up caring, and kept falling asleep while listening (not usually a problem for me). So I'll never know who dunnit, but that's okay.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good story, great characters

The performance of this book is super. The characters form themselves so clearly and colourfully, that even the most commonplace events are lively.

The story surprised me more than once. These were more in the form of gentle turns in the plot than jarring moments, which made the whole experience very enjoyable from first to last.

I also love Robinson Crusoe.

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  • Alice Ingham
  • 08-08-16

Fantastic story and performance!

What a gem of a story this is; The Moonstone is a complete delight! It combines intriguing mystery with hilarious character portrayal - both by the author, and in the excellent performance by B J Harrison. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions, and couldn't wait to get back to listening to it to find out what would happen next. I can't recommend this audiobook enough, especially for those who enjoy an epistolary style of narrative.

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  • Nadine
  • 04-02-16

Witty Wilkie

Would you consider the audio edition of The Moonstone to be better than the print version?

I consider nearly all audio editions to be better than print, and this one also.

What did you like best about this story?

some cleverly witty narrative

Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I was not sure about narrator. I quite liked his accent, except for the oo sound which is the usual American pronunciation of all the u/ew phonemes, and is discordant in an English accented story.

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

It is good when possible, for the easier following of the plot, but not necessary.

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  • Sandra
  • 11-27-16

An excellent book

The first known true novel in the detective genre. Highly recommend to anyone who classical works.