The Woman in White

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Toby Stephens and Juliet Aubrey star in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Wilkie Collins’ chilling Gothic drama.

A lonely stretch of road on Hampstead Heath is the venue for Walter Hartright’s midnight first encounter with a mysteriously distressed figure in white. As he helps the woman to escape from unnamed pursuers, he has little understanding of the way she will affect his future.

At Limmeridge House in Cumberland, Walter meets and falls in love with Laura, who strangely resembles the woman in white. She, however, is soon to marry the financially embarrassed Sir Percival Glyde. Events at Limmeridge take a surprising turn when Anne Catherick arrives, and Walter recognises her as the mystery figure. It appears that Anne’s recent incarceration in a mental asylum was at the behest of Sir Percival, who is all too aware of the secret she holds. More than one life will be lost before Walter’s mystery of the woman in white can be fully explained.

A strong cast brings Wilkie Collins’ tale to life in this BBC Radio 4 production, recorded on location at Beacon Hill, London, in 2001.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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A classic treated with respect in abridgment.

Superb acting. A fine adaptation of a fine novel. Well worth listening to even if you read the novel in college.

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Great performers!

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

I would recommend this book very highly. It's unusual, not often performed, mysterious and extremely well performed. My favorite of the stars performing in this dramatization is Juliet Aubrey, star of BBC's Middlemarch and BAFTA winner. Her narration of Deborah Levy's is another superb dramatization.

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I'm a bit torn in my opinion here...

This has to be my favorite of Wilkie Collins books, but this rendition of his tale left me a bit empty feeling.

To dart with my likes: The Music is perfect, and the sound effects. Te actor who plays Anne Catherick has her character down to a tee, but Count Fosco steals the show! He is magnificent.

Wilkie Collins story is five stars, the reason I have put three, is because of how this dramatization was cut/chopped. After the halfway point I found the scene changes to be confusing and it wasn't always easy to know who was talking or where they were. It felt rather like I was listening to the movie though, this sticks to the book. I guess that to be perfectly honest that just wasn't what I was looking for. I hate to put anyone off this since it wasn't bad, it just wasn't for me.

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very fun listening experience!

made my commute to and from work seem like no time at all. completely enjoyable listening experience.

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Great

If you could sum up The Woman in White in three words, what would they be?

Atmospheric. British. Mystery.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The leading man was very valiant. The heroine, though shaken, held it together. God bless both characters.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's like listening to a play more than reading a book. Love Audible.

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

Very moving story.

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  • Ceri-Anne
  • 09-11-16

Well put together dramatisation

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman in White to be better than the print version? I preferred this version, having read the book many years ago. What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book? I fould the book very hard going but this bought it to life for me Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? No tears or laughter but a pleasurable listen

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  • N. Louck
  • 12-14-19

Perfect performance

5 stars will not be enough for this performance, for me It was a real auditory pleasure. The plot is brilliant and the specially composed music is enthralling. Highly recommended.

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  • muttley
  • 07-13-19

Excellent performance of a great story.

First listened to this in a repeat on Radio 4 Extra nearly 18 years after it was made (2019). Highly recommended!

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  • Huggy Bear
  • 08-17-20

The best version of The Woman in White to listen t

I am not a great fan of period drama , but this was quite enjoyable . The longer versions at nearly 25 hours long would have driven me bonkers !! . All that needed to be said was covered in this version ,just under 4 hours . Nice production .