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The Woman in White Audiobook

The Woman in White

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Publisher's Summary

Young Walter Hartright meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the 19th century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since.

From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing-master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print since its publication in 1860.

While Collins's other great mystery, The Moonstone, has been called the finest detective story ever written, it was this work that so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed "Author of The Woman in White."

Public Domain true(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Classics, 2011

"Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit." (Dorothy L. Sayers)

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    Goran 03-14-13
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    "Very, very good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in White to be better than the print version?

    It is a completely different experience


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

    Yes, it was certainly gripping


    Any additional comments?

    Everything about this book was excellent. Characters, plot, narration, atmosphere - all spot on. If you enjoy a good gothic mystery, you cannot go wrong with The Woman in White.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 02-20-13
    Elizabeth 02-20-13
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    Much better than I thought it would be. A few times I was pretty surprised by the turn of events. A little long but kept me coming back for more.

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    NYBackus 11-09-12
    NYBackus 11-09-12
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    "Splendid performances of a less than splendid book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

    By far the most compelling thing about this audiobook are the performances which are absolutely first-rate.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that it is told in the first-person by a number of the characters, both male and female, was quite interesting. The mystery of the woman in white does carry you along for quite a while and then the mystery of how Hartright will set things right takes over. Unfortunately, the ending is somewhat fortuitous and contrived.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The section which Frederick Fairlie narrates is hilarious.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 10-21-12
    Laura 10-21-12
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    "Slow and a Little Clunky"

    I managed my way through this period work full of over zealous manners and sensibilities. I was hoping for a much better and gripping mystery but alas I found myself wishing ill on the main characters for the book to end. I wish I'd stopped and switched to Jane Austin.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan in DC 11-14-17
    Dan in DC 11-14-17
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    "Engrossing, Intricate Mystery Enlivened by Stellar Cast"

    Wilkie Collins’ masterpiece is brought vividly to life by a cast of brilliant actors. The late, great Roger Rees deserves special praise for a deeply felt and multifaceted performance. If there is a better narrator, I haven’t yet heard him or her.

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    Ren 09-28-17
    Ren 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow! An amazing read and outstanding listen!"

    - STORY -

    I am a big fan of Victorian literature and have previously only read one other book of Wilkie Collin's--"The Moonstone". I am not ashamed to say that "The Woman in White" completely blows its successor out of the water. If you're not used to the literature of the British 1800's, just be aware that it can be very prosy at times. I had decided on a whim to read "The Woman in White", as it was unread still on my Kindle. I picked up the audiobook because, as a new teacher, I don't have time to always sit and read. Being able to switch back and forth from the text to the narration let me continue to read/listen when I was busy. The story itself is absolutely astounding, and I think it has officially taken it's place among my top favorite books of all time. The writing is beautiful, the characters are real, the villains are cunning, the romances are heartbreaking, and the heroes are worth rooting for.

    The story is told by the perspective of several different narrators. Consider it like a report of events that have already transpired, and these many narrators are all chiming in to make as clear a recollection of the incidents as possible. The story itself revolves primarily around two woman--Anne Catherick, a woman dawned all in white who has recently escaped from an asylum, and her doppelganger, the rich heiress Laura Fairlie. The two women who so similarly resemble one another are caught up in a terrible and fatal web of deceit and scandal that stretches since their birth. Anne Catherick, who has suffered deeply because of it, desperately wants to save Laura from the same fate, due to the love she bears Laura's late mother, Mrs. Fairlie. That is really the most I can say without giving anything essential away. I loved the many different characters, but Marian Halcombe (Laura's half-sister) most of all.

    Collin's had be seriously on the edge of my seat several times as I read, and screaming out at some of the characters. There were twists that I didn't see coming, and characters that were once trustworthy turned out to be two-faced. There was romance, but also mystery and suspense. I would absolutely recommend this book to all who have the opportunity to read it. Psst! It's free on the Kindle!

    - AUDIO PERFORMANCE -

    The narration and performance of this story was amazingly done. Though there was a multitude of characters, the four individuals that put this book together did an amazing job at making each sound different and unique. There were some instances in which there was a similarity of character voices, but it was extremely rare and almost completely unnoticeable. Each of the actors did a splendid job at putting emotion and life into the story. A review of this audio performance that I had read once, prior to my purchasing a copy, compared the audio execution of this story to being center front stage to a play. They were NOT kidding! It really was so easy to forget you were listening to a narration. It was like listening to an episodic radio drama or carrying a play in your pocket. I could find no fault with the performance or the narrators whatsoever. Amazingly done.

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    finally Alabama, USA 09-23-17
    finally Alabama, USA 09-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Father of the British Mystery Novel"

    Wilkie Collins is most certainly deserving of the title! Housework made thrilling for two days!

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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 04-25-17
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 04-25-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Fun, Well Read"

    This was recommended to me by a good and very wise friend. I wasn't too excited because I'm not a fan of 19th century crime drama---but this is very well written and highly entertaining. I completely enjoyed it.

    Allow a few chapters to get into it and then enjoy your time in the past!

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    AnielaS 02-12-17
    AnielaS 02-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    Any additional comments?

    A settle mystery, nothing extremely captivating. A good array of characters and events but nothing shocking or very original.

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    Lauren 01-19-17
    Lauren 01-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "And oldie but goodie"

    This story is old.. The language is dated to the 1800s and all mannerisms as well. It's pretty good. But after reading more modern mysteries it was hard for me to enjoy this one. I'm sure it was very popular in the early 19th century and maybe it still is which I'd 3hy it popped up on a list of the best mysteries of all time. But I'd like there to be a more relatable story line. Hope you enjoy it.

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