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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Good solid story with great descriptions

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommended - it was a great historical story that was well written, solid and interesting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it did - great descriptions of the period and the people.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended if you enjoy a wee bit of romance, a mystery set in a great bygone era. It's a classic and deservedly so.

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  • michele
  • Lancaster, OH, United States
  • 08-10-14

Victorian Mystery

What did you love best about The Woman in White?

I enjoy Victorian classics, so this satisfied my expectation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in White?

The plot twists were well done. I liked the beginning scene when the woman in white first appears in the foggy London streets.

Which character – as performed by Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

Miriam was my favorite character and was the strong heroine of the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Movies are never true to the book, but I would probably go with "Victorian suspense at its' finest."

Any additional comments?

Very good narration.

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A Pleasant Surprise for this old English Major

I thought I knew my English Lit pretty well, but this novel was a complete surprise. It combined some memorable characters suggestive of Dickens with the manners of Jane Austen and the mystery and suspense of Agatha Christie. The device of using different narrators at different part of the novel was very clever.

Late one night, when young ladies should have been in bed, the young male protagonist encounters a young woman dressed in white lurking in the wood by the side of the highway to London. Although anxious, she decides to trust the young man to assist him. He soon has her on a cab to London. He is intrigued by the incident, but continues on his journey, never expecting to encounter her again.

Instead the mysterious woman in white and the story of her appearance that night will come to occupy him for a long time to come.

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Fantastic

What did you love best about The Woman in White?

A great story. I listen when I walk and when I cook. And then keep with it on my Kindle.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marian

What about Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s performance did you like?

Great performance

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just wanted to keep listening and reading

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A classic that I had never heard of

What made the experience of listening to The Woman in White the most enjoyable?

This was mentioned as a favorite of many famous writers. I had never heard of it. But I am glad I did and finally picked it up. Very deep, very intense yet moderately paced. Keeps you guessing and trying to figure out the secrets. Anything but predictable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in White?

Never-ending true love and perseverance.

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  • LEslie
  • FRANKLIN, Tunisia
  • 05-16-14

great book

Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

saw this book on someone else' s must read list. I love period history so decided to read. I hated for it to end. I loved the characters and wanted more. Often I can guess the endings of a book but this one you don't see it coming. very well written.

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  • Annette
  • Liberty, UT, United States
  • 04-25-14

Victorian

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in White to be better than the print version?

Never read the print. Of course I love the narrators. Each did a fabulous job.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not always, sometimes it really captured me and I couldn't wait to continue the story and sometimes it just went along.

Which scene was your favorite?

None really.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

I found this book intriguing and tedious at the same time.

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  • Geza
  • Kamuela, HI, USA
  • 03-29-14

Ever Timely

Would you listen to The Woman in White again? Why?

No. Once was enough. But I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I wish I understood more about the secret societies functioning in Europe at the time. Were they a 19th century version of the Mafia? This is the first book I've read that alluded to such organizations.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene the Count was in.

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

No. I used to to put myself to sleep at night.

Any additional comments?

I wanted more information about the relationship between Laura's father and the Baronet and why he was so set on having his daughter marry the man.

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I don't want it to end!

My first reaction after finishing this story was that I wished I hadn't started it, so I could listen again for the first time. It has been described as the 'best mystery story ever written", IT IS!! REALLY. I am not articulate enough to describe all it has to offer, just that it has everything. Get it and get lost in it.

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White Gothic Mystery

This book may not be for everybody.I thoroughly enjoyed it.The intriguing mystery which is revealed at the end is only part of it.What I found interesting was the glimpse into a different period of which the author was very familiar.The language,the premises,morals of the day and the depiction of a bygone era by an author who lived in that bygone era.
It's an easier read than Bram Stroker's Dracula.Elements of Jane Austen and just a pinch of Dickens,more in the plot than Dickens'colorful descriptions of lower class characters.
The writing style was peculiar to many British novels of the 1860's and while lengthier than what might be written today,fascinating as it unfolds.I tried to read The Woman in White
20 years ago and never did get through it.Listening to it was much easier and entertaining.
Why wouldn't it be for you ??....People don't write that way today and that society doesn't exist anymore.However,that is exactly why I enjoyed it.