The Woman in White

The Woman in White

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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Winner of the 2011 Audie® Award in the Classic Category
"There, in the middle of the broad, bright high-road--there, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth or dropped from the heaven--stood the figure of a solitary woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments."--from the book
Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall readers ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.
Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing-master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print since its publication in 1860.
While Collins's other great mystery, The Moonstone, has been called the finest detective story ever written, it was this work that so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: "Author of The Woman in White."
Publisher: Richmond, Surrey [England] : Oneworld Classics, 2009.
ISBN: 9781441702616
9781400199426
9781405607728
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DWIGHT A GREEN
Mar 11, 2016

A real delight. The cast does a very good job, not just in their narrated character but in a reasonable consistency of the other characters they have to portray in conversations. Glen McCready narrates Walter Hartright’s sections well but it’s the other characters he portrays that bring things to life. I was hooked as soon as he exaggerated Professor Pesca’s Italian roots in his language (despite being described as “a perfect Englishman in his language”). The star of the show, as he is in the book, is Count Fosco despite his limited direct appearance. The other readers take pains to emphasize the slimy and self-inflated character, although it’s the conversations with his pets that I’ll probably remember most. Not a dull moment in the twenty-eight hours--a showcase for a perfect match between novel and medium.

allonsy Jul 25, 2011

The mood and suspense were maintained thhroughout the novel. The plot twists will have you guessing at different intervals about the fate of the major characters. The ending is well done, it doesn't disappoint and leaves no questions unanswered. Overall, this was a good gothic novel.

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