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The Moonstone (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 21 hrs
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Bequeathed a rare diamond by her late uncle, heiress Rachel Verinder has no idea it was stolen from an Indian temple or that it has a cursed history. When the diamond disappears on her eighteenth birthday, multiple suspects - including Rachel’s suitor, Franklin Blake - are implicated in its theft. Determined to prove his innocence, Franklin begins his own investigation. Did one of his fellow Englishmen steal the jewel? Or was it whisked back to India? The case, which unfolds through multiple narratives, takes startling twists and turns in pursuit of the truth.

Widely considered the first great detective novel written in English, The Moonstone is one of Wilkie Collins’s most famous works.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Moonstone, this edition of The Moonstone (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • The End Point
  • 20-07-18

Perfect voice to match a perfect narrative

As a literature teacher, I tackled the Moonstone one year with my class. Having a room full of students to read from the text made the story come alive, and of course, Wilkie Collins provided rich opportunity with the Gallery of Characters that he weaves through the book. I can honestly say it is a delight that in the singularity of one Matthew Davies all of the players in the book have form and life and meaning. Davies masterfully transitions from one to the other to the delight of the listener who through the sheer magic of his voice places immediate images of the person in our minds. As Victorian classics go, this book (AND THIS VERSION) are a must.

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  • Skipper
  • 14-08-18

As good as they get

I am amazed at how well this story as stood the test of time. It deserves being called “classic.” The narration was superb. I suggest that you listen to this audio book even though you have previously read read it. The narrator makes the older form of the language totally clear to the modern ear. It is a good mystery, and funny, too. It was easy to choose all round 5-stars.

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  • Ijw
  • 26-05-19

short story without an end

At the 16 hour mark I am screaming at the author. "When will it end?" The basic mystery is rather simple but the presentation drags it out into an endless torture designed to trap readers.

For the first 4 hours I enjoyed it, but now I say "Save yourself! Read the abridged version."