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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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  • JaniceO
  • Queensland, Australia
  • 01-15-14

A greart performance for a wonderful classic

What did you love best about The Woman in White?

The story is a clever mystery whilst being a wonderfully immersive historical piece that provides a great insight and experience into the world of 19th century England.

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

The story provided several excellent twists, and drew the reader in to champion the main charachters.

Have you listened to any of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I've heard the two readers and I loved their approach and delivery. It was pleasant to listen, over such a long book, to two different voices. I thought that perhaps listening to different voices for the same charachters might be confusing but it wasn't. The reading enhanced the story and the accents were well done.

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A compelling read.

It took a few hours to peak my interest but once grabbed, I couldn't stop. Even had it playing at work. The main character does tend to carry on a bit. The actors are very good. The punch line at the climax of the story lost a bit of strength because it wasn't as obvious to me (in the 21st century!) just how serious the deed really was, but the true depth of the plot soon came out and only then could I understand the main characters' vehement reactions.

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  • Louise
  • SUNNYVALE, CA, United States
  • 11-05-13

Fantastic Cast

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

I've read The Moonstone, and now listened to The Woman in White, both by Wilkie Collins. Collins' way of writing from multiple points of view is perfect for the audiobook format. This recording of The Woman in White was riveting, a fantastic performance.

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The Mystery Novel Starts Here!

Drawing master Walter Hartright falls in love with Laura Fairlie, above his station, and gets drawn into the unraveling of a conspiracy which deprives her of her title and fortune. A precursor to the modern mystery/detective novel, the story is told with multiple narrators. I knew I was committing to listening to about 25 hours, so I invested the time to test out the samples from all the other audiobook versions of this title, and settled on Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble as the BEST! In my enthusiasm for the pleasure this book gave me, I persuaded my book club, my high school English students, and even my skeptical neighbor to read it! Perhaps the best recommendation I can give is that I am coming back four years after listening to it to write this review. It still lingers as one of my favorite listens. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry.

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  • Cindy
  • Baytown, Texas, United States
  • 09-18-13

Unexpectedly entertaining

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

Different but good

What did you like best about this story?

Lots of twists and turns, never knew where it would go next.

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

They could make you believe the story, and different voices for different people makes it easier to follow while listening instead of reading.

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

Not a moment, I was just fascinated to hear how people lived day to day life then, and particularly interesting that it was written during that period, if I understood correctly.

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Engaging

Well, you either love Wilkie Collins or . . . I happen to really like his books and this is my favorite by far. I loved listening to it even though I read the book years ago. This is a real time investment but so worth it. The performances were great, not overdone or overwrought. You'll like it!

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Elegantly written, artfully constructed

Any additional comments?

I wish more books were written and narrated with as much class as Woman in White. Artfully laid out as a series of narratives from the unique perspective of each character in turn, cleverly reflecting the personality of each, and woven into an intriguing story. No hype or bustle, just elegant literature with an captivating plot.

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I listened until the end.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

While the story keep me listeining. I was long and oftened boring.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would cut the lengh in half!

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First Encounter With Wilkie Collins

What did you love best about The Woman in White?

How it slowly dragged you into the intrigue of the story and kept you their until the book was fully absorbed.

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

Yes most definitely, the narrative was told by different characters of the book, and sometimes they were interceded by others which made it even more exciting.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Marian Holcombe decided to go out on the roof and listen to Count Fosco and Sir Percival's conversation. She was my favorite character.

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  • sharon
  • middletown, MD, United States
  • 02-11-13

Great Listen

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

The way it was narrated

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

The title is threaded thru the enitre book and you were always trying to figure out the story

Have you listened to any of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No