No Name

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.6 stars; 114 reviews)

The story begins in 1846, at Combe-Raven in West Somersetshire, the country residence of the happy Vanstone family. When Andrew Vanstone is killed suddenly in an accident and his wife follows shortly thereafter, it is revealed that they were not married at the time of their daughters' births, making their daughters "Nobody's Children" in the eyes of English law and robbing them of their inheritance. Andrew Vanstone's elder brother Michael gleefully takes possession of his brother's fortune, leaving his nieces to make their own way in the world. Norah, the elder sister, accepts her misfortune gracefully, but the headstrong Magdalen is determined to have her revenge. Using her dramatic talent and assisted by wily swindler Captain Wragge, Magdalen plots to regain her rightful inheritance. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia) (29 hr 39 min)


00 - Preface 3:46 Read by SilverG
01 - 1st Scene, Chapter 1 35:57 Read by Bob Neufeld
02 - 1st Scene, Chapter 2 13:40 Read by Linda McDaniel
03 - 1st Scene, Chapter 3 12:20 Read by Linda McDaniel
04 - 1st Scene, Chapter 4 29:24 Read by Phil Griffiths
05 - 1st Scene, Chapter 5 22:02 Read by Dillon Stiles
06 - 1st Scene, Chapter 6 24:34 Read by Anna Simon
07 - 1st Scene, Chapter 7 10:58 Read by Magdalena
08 - 1st Scene, Chapter 8 18:23 Read by Magdalena
09 - 1st Scene, Chapter 9 31:14 Read by Hannah Skoonberg
10 - 1st Scene, Chapter 10 28:33 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
11 - 1st Scene, Chapter 11 23:27 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
12 - 1st Scene, Chapter 12 22:19 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
13 - 1st Scene, Chapter 13 41:21 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
14 - 1st Scene, Chapter 14 21:46 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
15 - 1st Scene, Chapter 15 52:49 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
16 - Between the Scenes (1st and 2nd) 38:22 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
17 - 2nd Scene, Chapter 1 38:58 Read by Dawn
18 - 2nd Scene, Chapter 2 42:58 Read by Dawn
19 - 2nd Scene, Chapter 3 39:45 Read by Dawn
20 - Between the Scenes (2nd and 3rd), part 1 28:09 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
21 - Between the Scenes (2nd and 3rd), part 2 28:52 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
22 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 1 19:48 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
23 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 2 36:47 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
24 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 3 37:08 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
25 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 4 32:34 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
26 - Between the Scenes (3rd and 4th) 38:23 Read by Phil Griffiths
27 - 4th Scene, Chapter 1 48:41 Read by Phil Griffiths
28 - 4th Scene, Chapter 2 17:16 Read by Phil Griffiths
29 - 4th Scene, Chapter 3 23:50 Read by Phil Griffiths
30 - 4th Scene, Chapter 4 34:10 Read by Phil Griffiths
31 - 4th Scene, Chapter 5 41:49 Read by Phil Griffiths
32 - 4th Scene, Chapter 6 40:01 Read by Phil Griffiths
33 - 4th Scene, Chapter 7 39:06 Read by Phil Griffiths
34 - 4th Scene, Chapter 8 35:57 Read by Phil Griffiths
35 - 4th Scene, Chapter 9 37:35 Read by Bob Neufeld
36 - 4th Scene, Chapter 10 36:11 Read by Phil Griffiths
37 - 4th Scene, Chapter 11 24:04 Read by Hannah Skoonberg
38 - 4th Scene, Chapter 12 11:08 Read by Gesine
39 - 4th Scene, Chapter 13 48:30 Read by Philippa
40 - 4th Scene, Chapter 14 33:52 Read by Phil Griffiths
41 - Between the Scenes (4th and 5th) 45:01 Read by Phil Griffiths
42 - 5th Scene, Chapter 1 29:19 Read by Jude Peel
43 - 5th Scene, Chapter 2 40:50 Read by Phil Griffiths
44 - 5th Scene, Chapter 3 38:42 Read by Wiebke
45 - Between the scenes (5th and 6th) 29:18 Read by Wiebke
46 - 6th Scene, Chapter 1 19:54 Read by Wiebke
47 - 6th Scene, Chapter 2 19:12 Read by Phil Griffiths
48 - Between the Scenes (6th and 7th) 7:49 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
49 - 7th Scene, Chapter 1 39:51 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
50 - 7th Scene, Chapter 2 20:31 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
51 - 7th Scene, Chapter 3 24:11 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
52 - 7th Scene, Chapter 4, part 1 40:04 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
53 - 7th Scene, Chapter 4, part 2 28:45 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
54 - Between the Scenes (7th and last) 36:23 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
55 - Last Scene, Chapter 1 28:35 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
56 - Last Scene, Chapter 2 41:59 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
57 - Last Scene, Chapter 3 21:57 Read by Bob Neufeld
58 - Last Scene, Chapter 4 20:50 Read by Bob Neufeld


Wilkie nails it again!

(5 stars)

Yes, this is Wen I have a Wilkie's longest stories. But if he had left out one little sentence, One new lines or when little paragraph story would not have been the same. It was an excellent read. If you have read while key before you will love it. If you have never read Wilke you must meet this one! The readers were excellent. It was truly a page turner. At times I had to limit myself because I had other things I had to tend to. The story has so many twists and turns it just keeps you guessing what's going to happen next. I may have to listen to it again because I'm sure I missed things here and there along the way. Highly recommend that you read this book.

Long but interesting

(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed listening to this book and thought the group of readers did a great job. It's a long one but also an interesting study on how we respond to crisis or disappointment, as well as how anger can take one over. It reminded me of a Buddha quote, "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." And this story even has a little poison in it... :)


(4.5 stars)

Collins once again snatches happiness from tragedy, but he took an inordinately long time to do it. Too much of this long novel was spent in the company of cruddy people such as her cruel uncle, her deranged husband, Captain Wragge, and the housekeeper. The uncle and her husband may be excused for their miserable miserliness, but there is no excuse for the evil soul of that self-serving toady, LeCount. She is the worst of Collins' villains, and he fails to punish her. If this were my first exposure to this author, I might not have continued to the end, so depressing was the long duel between Wragge and LeCount.

sooo good

(5 stars)

It’s a very long book and I do think there was a lot of time spent with yucky people. That being said, I don’t think it would have been as hard to listen to some of the story if I had not been invested. I wanted her to win so badly! I loved Captain Wragge. Yes, he was a self serving scoundrel, but he had funny ways and cared for her in the end. I think the ending was one of the best I’ve ever read. The last few sentences were perfect. Love Wilkie Collins. Enjoy!

great readers

(5 stars)

I an fairly new to Wilkie Collins and I have not yet listened or read his most famous one ie read women in white or moonstone. This book is rather long but is interesting enough to keep you listening with its twists and turns; Two Of the biggest villains in literature in the captain and Lecount ; oh dear Mrs wragge - maybe Dickens wrote that bit as he helped Collins in his time of illness or addiction ; I almost cried listening to the last two chapters read by Bob nuefeld

(5 stars)

Maybe not one of Wilkie's best but it was a lot of fun to listen to anyway! If you know the author you know what you're in for: secrets and sudden deaths and sudden marriages and twists and turns and suspense and all the good stuff, with a great female protagonist of course. Beautifully read!

(1 stars)

I with various readers would not choose novels. books with short stories would be better. I wonder if they go back and listen to themselves. I've missed out on many novels due to various readers on one book. I don't read cause I have listened to myself.

Terrific Victorian Novel

(4.5 stars)

Wilkie Collins is a great companion for mindless manual work, and some of these readers are terrific. I enjoyed the chess-like maneuvers between parties, found the Between-the-Scenes letters an interesting structure, and actually busted up out loud at some of Mrs. Wragge's scenes.