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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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    "Suprised"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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

    Mynt

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 04-25-17
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 04-25-17 Member Since 2009

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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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

    I have read the massive amount of books. Listening to the books, even the same I read before is a new and captivating experience.

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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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    Laura 07-30-16
    Laura 07-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Perspective is how we see things from a certain distance."

    It allows us to appreciate one's true value. The right perspective makes the impossible possible .

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    Walter Loewenstern 07-09-16 Member Since 2017

    Walter L.

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    "Interesting,but too long"
    What disappointed you about The Woman in White?

    It was way too long. Too much information about the characters. I kept thinking, "I don't really want to know how everyone feels, get on with the story." I quit listening about half way through.


    Has The Woman in White turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like mysteries, but not too wordy.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All the narrators were good. It was just the material was too lengthy.


    What character would you cut from The Woman in White?

    none.


    Any additional comments?

    I quit halfway through- too much detail. Others might find a lot of detail of English life at that time period interesting.

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    D. 06-15-16
    D. 06-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Amazing writing. So worth the credit. Timeless. I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys British mystery novels

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    Sandra K Ertley 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Struggled to finish this book."

    I felt this book could have used half the words used to tell the story.

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