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The Lady Vanishes

Narrated by: Kim Hartman
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Iris Carr is tired and exhausted. Travelling by train from Switzerland to England she is surrounded by alien languages and situations which she finds difficult to comprehend. She is relieved therefore when talkative old English governess Miss Froy becomes her impromptu travelling companion. But when Iris wakes from a short sleep Miss Froy has vanished - and none of the passengers will acknowledge her existence. Is Iris mad? Or is there some more sinister reason for the woman's vanishing?

Ethel Lina White was born in Abergavenny Wales in 1876. She wrote from an early age, progressing from essays and poems on to short stories. She eventually left her government job in the Ministry of Pensions to pursue a full time career in writing. White became one of the best known crime writers of the 1930s and '40s, thanks to a string of successful titles, the most famous of which were Some Must Watch (filmed as The Spiral Staircase) and The Wheel Spins (filmed as The Lady Vanishes, including a 1938 production by Alfred Hitchcock.)

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Ripping good mystery

Old-fashioned complex series of double-takes and flashbacks makes the reader shakily aware, as the train plunges on, of just how much trouble our plucky protagonist has gotten herself into by discovering her inner lonely core of stubborn integrity at a most inconvenient time. Superb narration, though I occasionally thought the heroine's voice became too aged for the character the author described; but that is a minor quibble about a great read that makes an even better "listen"!

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Old Fashioned Good Mystery

Perfect for those that appreciate a good mystery. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie with trains and complex characters.
Just a note about another review: You will definitely know in the end if there is or is not a Ms. Froy :)

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Was it all a dream?

What was most disappointing about Ethel Lina White’s story?

I've listened twice and I still don't get it. This one was definitely not for me. I listened the second time partly because the story ended so abruptly and without resolution. Whatever I missed, I missed both times. The narrator is fine but I didn't care for her interpretation of the main character. I thought perhaps it signified something, another reason I listened a second time. Didn't make a difference though. I just didn't get it.

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  • Lovemykindle
  • 01-12-19

Much better than the film

Finished listening to this literally 2 days before watching the Hitchcock film version on TV ... the plot of the book is much more plausible than the film's and although all the characters (apart from Soc and the aged parents) are flawed and/or unpleasant, they are still interesting and even strangely likeable, and I wanted to know what would become of them ... excellent and unobtrusive narration and although the book was written 80+ years ago the language sounds contemporary.

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  • buggaboo-boo
  • 12-24-18

Was this a shaggy dog story?? Socks the dog?

Ok- this was a tad confusing, so I'm glad I've got the book and I can read it and get things clear.
Firstly, its a great story and the performance was fine - even though the main character's voice was irritating, but then I think that is true to the story, because the girl WAS irritating...
Secondly, What??
Why was Ms Froy on the train, being looked at by the Baroness?
Who was the young man who was so ungallant as to drug the heroine... and... why did she then decide that he was "the chap for her?" I know there is such a thing as being a bad picker, but honestly...
What was going on with the DOG at the end... ? And was Ms Froy meant to be the young girl, but she was making up a story instead... so that the young girl wasn't real.
Is the DOG ok?
Socks the DOG was the main thing.
I think this is for people who like a challenge....