The Law and the Lady


Read by Wiebke

(4.5 stars; 143 reviews)

Valeria Brinton marries Eustace Woodville despite objections from Woodville's family leading to disquiet for Valeria's own family and friends.

Just a few days after the wedding, various incidents lead Valeria to suspect her husband is hiding a dark secret in his past and she discovers that he has been using a false name. He refuses to discuss it leading them to curtail their honeymoon and return to London where Valeria learns that he was on trial for his first wife's murder by arsenic. He was tried in a Scottish court and the verdict was 'Not Proven' rather than 'not guilty' implying his guilt but without enough proof for a jury to convict him.

Valeria sets out to save their happiness by proving her husband innocent of the crime. In her quest, she comes across the disabled character Miserrimus Dexter, a fascinating but mentally unstable genius, and his devoted female cousin, Ariel. Dexter will prove crucial to uncovering the disturbing truth behind the mysterious death. (Introduction by wikipedia)

(13 hr 25 min)

Chapters

The Bride's Mistake 11:55 Read by Wiebke
The Bride's Thoughts 17:08 Read by Wiebke
Ramsgate Sands 14:24 Read by Wiebke
On the Way Home 13:50 Read by Wiebke
The Landlady's Discovery 8:54 Read by Wiebke
My Own Discovery 13:55 Read by Wiebke
On the Way to the Major 16:07 Read by Wiebke
The Friend of the Women 12:18 Read by Wiebke
The Defeat of the Major 25:29 Read by Wiebke
The Search 35:39 Read by Wiebke
The Return to Life 15:34 Read by Wiebke
The Scotch Verdict 13:11 Read by Wiebke
The Man's Decision 9:50 Read by Wiebke
The Woman's Answer 21:33 Read by Wiebke
The Story of the Trial. The Preliminaries 5:04 Read by Wiebke
First Question - Did the Woman die Poisoned? 29:40 Read by Wiebke
Second Question - Who poisoned Her? 21:23 Read by Wiebke
Third Question - What was his Motive? 29:04 Read by Wiebke
The Evidence for the Defense 9:46 Read by Wiebke
The End of the Trial 19:46 Read by Wiebke
I see my Way 12:57 Read by Wiebke
The Major makes Difficulties 12:03 Read by Wiebke
My Mother-in-Law surprises me 12:08 Read by Wiebke
Miserrimus Dexter - first View 13:58 Read by Wiebke
Miserrimus Dexter - second View 24:14 Read by Wiebke
More of my Obstinacy 11:59 Read by Wiebke
Mr. Dexter at Home 20:16 Read by Wiebke
In the Dark 12:03 Read by Wiebke
In the Light 16:03 Read by Wiebke
The Indictment of Mrs. Beauly 22:19 Read by Wiebke
The Defense of Mrs. Beauly 14:44 Read by Wiebke
A Specimen of my Wisdom 5:15 Read by Wiebke
A Specimen of my Folly 24:49 Read by Wiebke
Gleninch 12:22 Read by Wiebke
Mr. Playmore's Prophecy 17:27 Read by Wiebke
Ariel 11:02 Read by Wiebke
At the Bedside 23:45 Read by Wiebke
On the Journey back 4:50 Read by Wiebke
On the Way to Dexter 12:23 Read by Wiebke
Nemesis at last 50:44 Read by Wiebke
Mr. Playmore in a new Character 18:16 Read by Wiebke
More Surprises 12:43 Read by Wiebke
At last! 7:23 Read by Wiebke
Our new Honeymoon 11:48 Read by Wiebke
The Dust-Heap disturbed 14:37 Read by Wiebke
The Crisis deferred 8:35 Read by Wiebke
The Wife's Confession 16:43 Read by Wiebke
What else could I do? 8:10 Read by Wiebke
Past and Future 14:09 Read by Wiebke
The last of the Story 13:12 Read by Wiebke

Reviews

A good thriller!

(5 stars)

excellently written, a long story yes but not drawn out or uselessly slow at any point. All of the characters were unique and the reader did an awesome job voicing each of hem in an artful and convincing manner. This is my first read of Wilkie Collins, looking forward to reading other titles. A special thank you Wiebke for an incredible reading!

Refreshing

(5 stars)

Nice work by Wilkie Collins. The reader was fantastic throughout the book and made all (yes all) the characters feel real! Absolutely stunning performance when she read Eustace's first wife's letter. The reader's voice made me feel the despair of Sarah as if it was happening to me or someone dear to me, for i didn't like her at all until that. Eustace is my bias followed by Valeria. Dexter! Ah! What a character! He will make you feel a variety of emotions just like himself (yes! he's a chameleon). For me, it's all about extreme. When I liked him, I liked him extremely. When I hated him in end, i hated him extremely. He is a very underrated character in literature (He should be more famous than Mr.Darcy or Mr.Grey). Major Fitzdavid was a hilarious (maybe charming) character! Mr.Benjamin and Ariel reminded me of Mr.Watson (Sherlock Holmes). I neither liked nor disliked Mr.Playmore and Mrs.Macallan. All in all no one is really evil. Maybe Mr.Dexter is. Maybe he is not (poor Eustace). Go figure.

long love story with mystery

(4 stars)

this book really goes in to test out a womans love for her husband. what would you do if your husband told you he was previously on trial for the murder of his first wife. an amazing mystery. i was led in so many different directions i. unraveling the mystery and i confess i had the correct answer at first and dismissed it as very improbable... but later as the killer is revealed and the circumstances unraveled - you realize why it makes since to be that person and i must say i am just held in awe by this writers patience to compose the story and not rush through in writing it. the reader mispronounced some words - repeatedly. but she really does a fantastic job with the reading! a must read for men and women!

Excellent book - good quality recording.

(4 stars)

Wow! I love Wilkie Collins. The depth and texture of his colorful characters never ceases to amaze me. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. This was one of the best quality libravox recordings I've listened to. Wiebke is an excellent reader. She absolutely transported me with her wonderful, dramatic execution of the story. She read characters that professional actor might struggle to perfect, with perfection... which made her frequent, mispronounced words all the more difficult to overlook. I was jarred out of perfect imagination of the scenes while I pondered briefly what was that word she just said or giggled... (chpt. 14 - indictment became "in-dick-ment" again and again). And let's not forget to take "cor-age" (French accent). :) Nevertheless, this was thoroughly enjoyable! Fantastic book, excellent recording quality and nearly perfect reader.

and the moral of the story is......

(5 stars)

You need to make better choices about who you fall in love with. That is really what this story is about, people who have made really bad decisions in their love interests and how it really screwed up their lives. The story is long but very well written. The character of Dexter was very vexing and he made me as impatient as he made Valeria. The narrator was fabulous and she really made Valeria real. Terrific story, highly recommended.

suspenseful story

(4 stars)

Wilkie Collins’ story keeps you in suspense in this “who dunnit” and the reader does a great job reading BUT her numerous mispronunciations are annoying and distracting. When will foreign readers learn how to pronounce “yacht”? This one also doesn’t know when bow is pronounced as in bow and arrow or bow to the queen. Those are just two examples of the many mispronunciations that made for cringeworthy listening. Too bad really because her reading style is excellent.

The Law and the Lady

(5 stars)

Beautiful weaving of social developments and plot. Wilkie Collins shows his forte as a lawyer and no doubt his experience in courts and with clients and their stories. Very well and expressively read by one reader - which helps with a sense of continuity of characters and location, spoken with charming and unusual inflections.

(5 stars)

It was fascinating and captivating to listen to this book. The author is so talented, eloquently written, he truly understands the human nature. I loved it. I am also greatful for the reader, she was great and very clear and articulate! I enjoyed the content of the book & to listen to the reading!