Upon inheriting the Moonstone, a huge and priceless diamond, Rachel Verinder's delight turns to dismay when the gem suddenly disappears. But this is no ordinary theft. Sergeant Cuff of Scotland Yard is called in and immediately suspects an intricate plot. However, not even his powers of detection can penetrate fully the mysteries surrounding the diamond. And as we listen to each character's version of the events, layer upon layer of drama and suspense build to the final and astonishing denouement of this magnificent, classic English detective novel.
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Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks
Extremely well narrated throughout with one very very minor error (in my opinion). Betteridge's accent was not noticeably a regional accent which makes sense given his circumstances. However, when it comes to his daughter Penelope her accent, as quoted by 2 of the narrators, is markedly Yorkshire which does not make sense! As I say a very minor objection as her words are only spoken a couple of times. Apologies for being pedantic!
The story is absorbing, but the real joys here are wonderfully drawn characters of the different narrators - especially the obnoxious and un-self aware hypocrite Miss Clack, and the lovable and loyal Betteridge.
the performance - each character reading their own 'chapters' added colour and character to the story
Each had their own qualities - though the epilogue 'policeman' was a special delight
As stated - helped engage me in the story
Slowish start but I am now a Wilkie Collins convert!
I found the first few dozen chapters slow-moving; I may well have skim-read a written text, but the story did draw me in nevertheless so it is worth persevering and the ending is perfect.
Better narrator for second part of story.
There sadly comes a time in every actors life when age adversely affects their performance. The voice becomes thin, weedy and gurgled. Diction goes from precise to floppy and in this case a terrible sense of over wetness of the mouth. I don't know if the story or other narrators were any good as I had to stop listening.
I read this when I was a teenager. This production is excellent. You just need to get thru the first 45 minutes, which seems a little tedious at first, but sets the scene and tone for the rest of book, which becomes increasingly engaging.
Well with the investment. Thanks to those who produced it (including Wilkie Collins :)
"Slow start but worth it"
Yes, as I am sure I have missed some of the character build ups.
How it ended.
When the main character was confronted about the stealing of the jewel by his hopefully future wife.
Never trust what you see.
Loved this book by the end.
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