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I love Wilkie Collins's stories. They plunge you into a whole different world and keep you wanting to know what happens next. At the same time, I have to admit this is not one of his best (there's an excellent version of the Moonstone read by Peter Jeffrey on Audible). There's still a lot to enjoy and Samuel West does a great job of keeping you going through the bits that are not so good. I'm left with a few very vivid portrayals and descriptions of places and a rather uneasy feeling towards the protagonist.
I am a Wilkie Collins fan, but perhaps this is the book I have liked the least. Not the usual lightness of touch and humour he uses, except for one excellent character, Mr McGlue the doctor. Feels quite long and hard going despite the short length, though still a well crafted book with the usual vaguely supernatural twist
I just couldnt stop listening to this Audio Book day and in the night. Sam West is a brilliant reader, accents and appropriate pauses all perfect. The authors format is most unusual and like any good story, poem, symphony, it has all the necessary sections in place.
Samuel West reads it beautifully- though why he bothered I can't say....
The Cambridge companion to Lit in Eng. says something to the effect that Wilkie Collins talent died with the 1860s. This was written in the 1870s.
It's long, it's tedious, it's sentimental and, a few twists excepted, completely predicable.
Avoid it- unless you happen to be fascinated by telepathy.
Samuel West narrates a largely overlooked title by an excellent writer. He manages to make all the voices commencing and compelling and draws you firmly into the narrative. Would definitely recommend.
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This is really for the aficionados - the story is rather strange and pivots on Swedenborgianism and the belief in twin souls. The plot is a bit silly. However, it's an interesting book as it gives an insight into Collin's thinking and placed in the context of 19th investigations into the occult and the supernatural the book is perhaps not quite so bizarre as modern readers might think it. I recommend it to anybody who is interested in Collins or in the more outré novels of the mid 19th century. It is quite unlike his two famous books The Moonstone and The Woman in White but you can certainly feel an echo of those two great works. Samuel West rivals his father as a superb reader and despite the rather weak story line, I was never board.
this was a bit too long in that the author kept putting in circumstances which would keep mary and george apart. as they are soul mates and destined to be together I would have thought the telepathy would go both ways i.e., from her to him and him back again.
the author does state that at the time the novel is based in there wasn't any telegraph to speed up communications.
the story wasn't as good as the woman in white which I really enjoyed
enjoyed samuel west's performnce of the book
.will be trying "a rogue's life" by wilkie Collins soon to see what I think of that.
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