The Guilty River
After his father’s death Gerard Roylake returns from Germany to take up his inheritance at Trimley Deen. On one evening he meets his childhood friend, Cristel Toller. They fall in love, but there is a crux. A deaf man, called The Lodger is obsessed with Cristel. He invites Gerard to tea with evil intentions… and Gerard accepts the invitation.
The book is written in the first person and tells the story from Gerard's point of view. (Summary by Diana Majlinger)
Additional proof-listening by Betty M.
|01 - On the Way to the River||13:27||Read by Ernst Pattynama|
|02 - The River Introduces Us||12:05||Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet|
|03 - He Shows Himself||6:26||Read by Diana Majlinger|
|04 - He Explains Himself||7:28||Read by scrawl|
|05 - He Betrays Himself||25:51||Read by scrawl|
|06 - The Return of the Portfolio||27:31||Read by Kathleen Costa|
|07 - The Best Society||10:18||Read by scrawl|
|08 - The Deaf Lodger||16:45||Read by scrawl|
|09 - Mrs. Roylake's Game: First Move||10:59||Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet|
|10 - Warned!||9:04||Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet|
|11 - Warned Again!||9:50||Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet|
|12 - Warned for the Last Time!||21:37||Read by Kathleen Costa|
|13 - The Claret Jug||26:01||Read by Barbara Derksen|
|14 - Gloody Settles the Account||10:37||Read by Barbara Derksen|
|15 - The Miller's Hospitality||33:18||Read by Barbara Derksen|
|16 - Bribery and Corruption||9:08||Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet|
|17 - Utter Failure||7:02||Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet|
|18 - The Mistress of Trimley Deen||10:26||Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet|
This is the third Wilkie Collins novel I have listened to. It was very different from The Woman and White and the Mystery in Venice stories. I can't say I loved the book, but I cannot say I hated it either, thus my rating of a 3. The narration was also just okay. Not terrible but not great either. The story itself is rather short so if you are a die hard Wilkie Collins fan then it would be okay and really was the only reason I stayed with it until the end. A word of caution to narrators overacting with voice work is really not necessary. If you are not a native British speaker please do not try to do a British accent. One narrator did this and was really atrocious.
Pretty good book
Overall, the story is good, but the reading does detract from it a bit.