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The Woman in White Audiobook

The Woman in White

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Publisher's Summary

When Walter Hartright encounters the "solitary figure of a woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments" on a lonely road, he is haunted by her. He falls in love with his employer's niece, Laura, because she resembles the mysterious woman. Laura, however, is betrothed to the evil Sir Percival, who wishes to marry her for her money. The woman in white, it turns out, is Anne Catherick, who was confined in an asylum by the evil Sir Percival because she knew a devastating secret about him. Now he is determined to destroy Anne, disguise Laura as Anne and confine her, and obtain all of her money. The only one who can stop him is the courageous Marian Halcombe, Laura's half-sister.

A tremendous success when it was first published in 1860, The Woman in White still enthralls over a century later.

© and (P)1987 JimCin Recordings

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    Clare 11/03/2008
    Clare 11/03/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible version!"

    Novel is great fun, but don't be fooled by the brief audio snippet provided on the website into thinking that this is an English version, it is American - and how! Some of the readers are OK, but their 'English' accents are terribly mannered and weak at times. Two hideous examples of mispronunciation as well - 'Torquay' being the most memorable. Truly dire attempts at cockney and other regional accents as well. High point was a hilarious rendition of the effeminate hypochondriac Frederick Fairlie - extremely well-observed by actor.

    Liked idea that there were different voices for each individual's 'testimony', it's just a shame that they were Americans making a largely feeble attempt at 'doing' English accents, accents which frequently slipped into their native American ones. (I haven't checked, but I imagine that this version is quite an old one. I don't think that this would pass rigorous standards set for modern versions.)

    If you're not keen on American accents and have never read the book before steer clear - I don't think that this version would add anything to your enjoyment.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    N. Price 24/06/2007
    N. Price 24/06/2007 Member Since 2012
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    "Great novel, dreadful reading"

    Wilkie Collins' 'The Woman in White' is a compelling mystery full of suspense and intrigue. The characterisations are vivid and the situations depicted are by turns sentimental, intriguing and terrifying. All in all, it's a thoroughly satisfying Victorian novel and a fascinating historical link in the evolution of the psychological crime story.

    This reading, however, is the worst that I've encountered at Audible, where the standard is usually pleasingly high. The readers are all North Americans attempting to do English accents and, although some are better at it than others, the results over all are pretty dreadful. It would have been better if they had just read their parts using their own natural accents. Instead, we get a peculiar mixture of stilted pseudo-British enunciation and clanging American vowel sounds that this reader found most disagreeable and highly distracting.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Clare Stoll 22/03/2008 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible accents!"

    I agree with Clare about the accents. I found most of them reasonably 'English' in the first 2 parts, except for mispronunciation of words like 'inquiry' in which the stress should be on the second syllable and not the first. And 'Tor-kway' not 'Tor-kee'! Mrs Michaelson was the worst and the most obviously American. I thought this was a shame, for an English audience about such a ground-breaking English novel.

    As writers did in his time, Wilkie Collins uses 20 words where one would do. How DID they manage it, using pen and ink, laboriously scratched on paper? However, the story is compelling. It's worth mentioning, however, that in 1860 ALL of a woman's money became her husband's the moment the marriage was solemnised. I don't think Laura's signature would ever have been required. Not until the Married Women's Property Acts 20 years later, until then a woman didn't own even the clothes she stood up in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    clive 21/04/2008
    clive 21/04/2008 Member Since 2017
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    "Ripping yarn"

    I've just listened to this book, and then read the reviews. To be honest I didn't really notice the terrible accents that everyone else comments on. The reading style is somewhat idiosyncratic, and takes a little getting used to, but I grew to really like it. Perhaps I was too busy concentrating on the ornate prose style or perhaps I'm just dimwitted. Fantastic characters and great melodrama - and a lot more entertaing than most of the Victorian literature i've trawled through. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 08/06/2007
    Tracy Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 08/06/2007
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    "View of English Literature undergraduate"

    Fantastic book, with endless turns of plot. Read an incredible diversity in tone on the part of the actor.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Louise M
    Cranston, RI, USA
    02/06/08
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    "Wonderful"

    This made our long, long, ten hour car trip just fly but. Whole family loved it. We especially liked how the various sections were read by different characters. Made it seem very real, even if it was written a long time ago. Five stars from a car full of might have been bored otherwise people!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    poplarville, MS, United States
    06/11/11
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    "beautiful language"

    If you like the language and writing of Dickens or Austin, you will like this writing. why say "not likely" when you can say "doubtful in the extreme"? so much better. An absorbing victorian mystery, with vivid personalities. the melodrama makes it all the more humorous, but really such a good story and memorable characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    van nuys, CA, United States
    04/08/10
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    "pleasantly and surprisingly captures you"

    i worry about longer books if they are lots of blah blah and filler... but this was quite a tale of the victorian world, and lots of twists and turns... started a little slow but picked up quite swiftly. it pulls you in, and if you appreciate the mystery agatha chrystie/inspector pitt type stuff, you are in for a treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucie
    hudson, NH, USA
    08/07/10
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    "Who was telling the truth"

    The use of different narrators was like witnesses at a trial. Each witness had a biased viewpoint, but were there more sinister goings on and hidden by the narrators? Who really married and lived happily ever after? What were the relationships between the threesome that lived happily ever after? Were they more involved in the murders and the accidents that befelled those that got in the way? Collins wove a real thriller that forces us to re-hear and to re-visit the narrators for clues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pie
    Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
    11/11/09
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    "Not a modern goth read...but..."

    DEFinitely a period piece and not really my normal cup o' tea ...but entertaining nonetheless. Not really terribly suspenseful for the modern reader but that's not the point as it' was written in a MUCH earlier time frame (Victorian?). The funny thing is that at certain points it actually played like a 1940-ish black & white murder movie in my head (starring Betty Davis, etc.). The fact that different parts of the story are read from different character points of view is part of what makes it an interesting read. Just keep in mind that this was DEFinitely written for a different audience with DIFferent agendas. Yes, it IS slow paced so KNOW this in advance :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    23/08/08
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    "Variable narrators"

    Good story, but spoiled for me by some of the narrators, all of whom were Americans trying to do British accents. One narrator evidently learned his accent from watching Boris Karloff films. The narrator who played Mrs. Mitchelson was awful, dull boring monotone, studded by mispronunciations. I'm a Brit, so I may be unduly critical; American listeners may find the narration acceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    09/06/08
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    "An outstanding timeless pleasure."

    A treat to read a clever, civilized tale that holds your attention and rewards the reader. It is amazing that this adventure is over a century old and holds up better than most of todays offerings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy
    Palmer, AK, United States
    28/04/08
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    "Excellent"

    This was an excellent book. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat. I could hardly wait for the reader to keep going. If I was reading the book, I wouldn't have been able to put it down. One of the best books I've listened to so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Haines, AK
    20/01/08
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    "Classic Victorian Mystery"

    Listening to this audiobook was the reason I joined Audible. The strength of this is the narration which is incredibly well done. I loved the fact that they had different readers for different parts as it totally brought the characters to life! Yes, as others have noted, this can be a bit wordy, but that's simply a reflection of the style of the times. Writers in the Victorian era never used 10 words when 20 would do.
    Wilkie Collins was ahead of his time not only when it came to writing well-plotted mystery; but, like Austen, Dickens and others, he was a keen social observer and his characters, especially the women, reflect their relative place in society. The women characters may seem easily manipulated to us today, but their depiction by Wilkie is an accurate reflection of the times in which they lived.
    Basically, if you couldn't care less about the genre and the social context in which it was written, how about just a good story, well-told and SUPERBLY narrated? If that's what you're after, then this one is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Schlarmann
    08/11/07
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    "A little docile"

    Because this book was written in another time, the women were spineless and the story a little bland. The characters were victims which was a little frustrating. It was an "okay" listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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