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The Woman in White Audiobook

The Woman in White

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Publisher's Summary

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret. The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening.

Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue.

Masterfully constructed, The Woman in White is dominated by two of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction: Marion Halcombe, dark, mannish, yet irresistibly fascinating, and Count Fosco, the sinister and flamboyant "Napoleon of Crime".

Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor

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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    Jonathan A. Cohen 02-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Victorian suspense brought to life!"

    Great narration of a sometimes dense and very long book. Though I knew the gist of the story from movies, etc., I had never read the novel because of its length. So glad I bought the audio book! The character's voices were all distinct and interesting to listen to and the two narrators brought them to life. The danger of any novel with multiple points of view is that the reader is inevitably sorry when the next character/narrator appears, but the audio narration here is so seamless that within a short while the reader is interested and acclimated again and ready to keep going. As rediculous as it sounds, I wish the book could have gone on even longer.

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    George 02-07-16
    George 02-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Stellar"

    This is one of the best books I've ever read or listened to. I'm going to miss everyone from it, but Fosco especially. What an exceptionally conceived character.

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    Samantha 09-27-15
    Samantha 09-27-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Too loooong!😐"

    Great story well told but seriously it could have been told on maybe 10 hours less?

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    Voracious reader 07-23-15
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    "Bravo!"

    One of the best character developments I've read in a long time. Many newer authors could take lessons from Wilkie Collins.

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    Pennie1961 Nikki 06-30-15
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    "Loved this book & the narration!"

    Great story with unexpected plot twists and turns. I was captivated from beginning to end. The voices were perfect to tell the amazing tale.

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    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 05-25-15
    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting"

    I didn't known what to expect give. The age of the work and the length of the narration - I stumbled upon it because I like other work by this narrator. I was very pleasantly surprised! Despite the length, the tale is riveting and engaging. The narration is all I had hoped and more.

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    Rebekah 04-02-15
    Rebekah 04-02-15
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    "Loved it!"

    A great mystery with several twists and turns. I also love the voices. Too often audio books just use one voice for males and females. This book uses a man and a woman, thus making it much more enjoyable. I will definitely read more of his works!;

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    Carol 01-28-15
    Carol 01-28-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A Trip Through English Prose"

    Beautifully written mystery with the use of high English and the art of speech that just sounds like music to your ears. Our Americanization of the old British dialogue has ruined the beauty and rhythm of gentility and speech that fills this remarkable novel.

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    Kaye Sena 01-16-15
    Kaye Sena 01-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting and absorbing period piece"

    Very long but doesn't seem to drag.

    Most unusual story. I have just enjoyed listening for the second time - the first time being about 18 months earlier.

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    Ben 01-11-15
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    "Loved it"

    I had never heard of this book, but a friend put me onto it, and I'm glad she did. A great story beautifully told.

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