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The Woman in White Audiobook

The Woman in White

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Publisher's Summary

Walter Hartright, a drawing teacher to two sisters, wants to marry Laura, though she is betrothed to another. But who is the mysterious woman in white he encounters?

Wilkie Collins was a master of suspense, but his transfer to audiobook requires a cast of readers to faithfully reflect the11 different characters who tell the story. Naxos AudioBooks brings together a strong cast to bring alive the mystery and suspense of The Woman in White.

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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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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-20-12
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    ". . . And they all lived happily ever after."

    I didn't know anything about this book when I started listening to it, other than it came highly recommended, and that it was pretty long. And it was a mystery novel. So, it turns out that Wilkie Collins was a Victorian author, and was good friends with Charles Dickens until Dickens' popularity took off, but Wikie's not so much. I understand, though, that Collins' popularity is starting to grow now. Too bad he's not around to enjoy the benefits.

    I didn't know it was a Victorian novel, and as such has the characteristics of being long, very wordy, mostly about the upper class, etc. etc. The reason so many of them are long and wordy is because they were serialized, forerunners of the soap opera of today. People could not wait to get the next installment to find out what was happening. I read a book in the newspaper in serial form one time, and it was great fun. Nowadays, we seem too impatient to read a book like that. We want to know right now what happens in the end. So we read all day and half the night instead of doing other things that we should probably be doing instead. But we find out what happens a lot sooner than waiting for the newspaper every day.

    As far as the mystery part, yeh, it was a pretty good mystery, but a bit predictable. There were some pretty good twists and turns, but *** spoiler alert*** (sort of), they all lived happily ever after. Except for the people who died, of whom there was a fair number.

    In any case, I did enjoy this book a great deal, but it did move slowly and was very wordy. It won't go on my favorites list, but I am glad I read it. I enjoyed the narrators very much, except for the reading of Count Fosco. He was supposed to be from Italy, but sounded 100% English. Every time he was called a foreigner, I though, Wait, where is he from? Oh yeh, Italy. Hmmmm.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karen W Vancil 09-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The BEST book I have ever read"

    a page turner that has characters and situations thoroughly developed and can be re-read numerous times with new insights gained each time

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    Emilio Englade 08-16-17
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    "Wonderful performance, but the file is tanked"
    Would you try another book from Wilkie Collins and/or Glen McCready and Rachel Bavidge ?

    yes


    What about Glen McCready and Rachel Bavidge ’s performance did you like?

    Many of the voices were wonderful, in particular the bravado of Pesca at the beginning of the story, and Count Fosco at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The performances were wonderful, and the book actually only becomes better as it goes along. You will be best off getting another performance of this wonderful book, though, because this one's file is corrupt less than an hour before the end of the story.

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    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-20-16
    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak story. Excellent performance"

    Tediously slow plot development. Unappealing, overdrawn characters A plot with some nice surprises, but also with loose ends. Wonderful narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Smiroldo Corrales, NM 12-12-16
    Mary Smiroldo Corrales, NM 12-12-16 Member Since 2014

    kiddoc

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    "Very Long!"

    Overall, an interesting story. I purchased this audio book after listening to The Thirteenth Tale, in which there were several references to The Woman in White. I found it difficult connect with any of the characters in the story, and didn't have much interest in any of them. He story was much too long and drawn out, and very predictable. Having it retold by each character was excruciating. The narration was good for the first few hours, but then began to grate on my nerves. However, I'm glad I made it to the end since The Woman in White is considered a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Gunn Asheville, NC United States 08-27-16
    R. Gunn Asheville, NC United States 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Go for The Moonstone instead"

    I've read Wilkie Collins' the Moonstone twice now, and it is a fantastic book. It's similar to The Woman in White in that he presents the story in multiple narratives from different characters. However, I found The Woman in White to be overly drawn out even for a Victorian novel. I enjoyed listening to it because the performances were really good, but the story just went on and on, and was mostly pretty obvious except for maybe one twist. I don't see myself reading or listening to this book again, whereas The Moonstone is one I'll pick up every five years or so I'm sure. If you want to invest 30 hours of listening on Wilkie Collins, go for the Moonstone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paulo 06-08-16
    Paulo 06-08-16
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    "Excellent reading performance but flawed storyline"

    The narrators were very good and in tune with the plot. The story, however, is a bit contrived. The first and second epochs (the second, in particular) are very well constructed and tense. The third epoch, however, is extremely improbable. Most arguments presented are hard to believe. Besides, the story has one great flaw as a whole: it is too didactic. The author explains too much, gives too much detail where it is not due, and exhausts the reader trying to cover every possible gap (he not only does not cover the gaps, but also seems to be belittling the reader's talent to deduce plot details from allusions he makes). The story is fun, but it is in no way memorable

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    WIB UTAH 05-25-16
    WIB UTAH 05-25-16 Member Since 2016

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    "28 hours of bliss!"

    I cannot say enough about this rendition of The Woman in White. Get it now and you will be transported while driving g, doing laundry, flying to Africa, etc.

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    Craig Robinson United States 05-13-16
    Craig Robinson United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Brilliant"

    Wonderfully written, narrated and delivered. This author is Brilliant delivering a complete supporting historical account that adds rightful indignation that leads into complete satisfaction... SALUTE

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    Linncie Springfield, OR 02-15-15
    Linncie Springfield, OR 02-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Most enjoyable"

    The only part that didn't work for me was the voice of Marian, it didn't fit my picture of her and at first seemed to hint a "lower class" accent. Everyone else was spot on for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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