Poor Miss Finch


Read by Sandra G

(4.5 stars; 90 reviews)


“Poor Miss Finch.” That is what everyone calls the courageous protagonist of this book. In other words, “poor thing, she’s blind, isn’t it awful?” Ha! Lucilla Finch is the wisest of all the characters, in spite of, and perhaps because of, her blindness. This story is about her trials, tribulations and triumphs. She reminds me of myself. Not the falling recklessly in love and being pulled this way and that by foolish young men and mad old doctors. I mean that, like her, I’m blind and proud of it! (Introduction by Sandra G)

Editing by TriciaG & Nadine Eckert-Boulet

(20 hr 5 min)

Chapters

01 - Madame Pratolungo Presents Herself 13:11 Read by Sandra G
02 - Madame Pratolungo Makes a Voyage on Land 13:08 Read by Sandra G
03 - Poor Miss Finch 21:23 Read by Sandra G
04 - Twilight View of the Man 16:41 Read by Sandra G
05 - Candlelight View of the Man 18:31 Read by Sandra G
06 - A Cage of Finches 20:03 Read by Sandra G
07 - Daylight View of the Man 19:58 Read by Sandra G
08 - The Perjury of the Clock 19:51 Read by Sandra G
09 - The Hero of the Trial 14:57 Read by Sandra G
10 - First Appearance of Jicks 14:43 Read by Sandra G
11 - Blind Love 21:31 Read by Sandra G
12 - Mr. Finch Smells Money 21:18 Read by Sandra G
13 - Second Appearance of Jicks 10:52 Read by Sandra G
14 - Discoveries at Browndown 16:04 Read by Sandra G
15 - Events at the Bedside 12:15 Read by Sandra G
16 - First Result of the Robbery 17:21 Read by Sandra G
17 - The Doctor's Opinion 9:58 Read by Sandra G
18 - Family Troubles 19:46 Read by Sandra G
19 - Second Result of the Robbery 28:49 Read by Sandra G
20 - Good Papa Again! 18:47 Read by Sandra G
21 - Madame Pratolungo Returns to Dimchurch 10:44 Read by Sandra G
22 - The Twin-Brother's Letter 20:45 Read by Sandra G
23 - He Sets Us All Right 29:14 Read by Sandra G
24 - He Sees Lucilla 18:55 Read by Sandra G
25 - Nugent Puzzles Madame Pratolungo 24:23 Read by Sandra G
26 - He Proves Equal to the Occasion 17:11 Read by Sandra G
27 - He Finds a Way out of it 24:33 Read by Sandra G
28 - He Crosses the Rubicon 30:26 Read by Sandra G
29 - Parliamentary Summary 10:35 Read by Sandra G
30 - Herr Grosse 28:15 Read by Sandra G
31 - 'Who Shall Decide when Doctors Disagree?' 20:40 Read by Sandra G
32 - Alas for the Marriage! 34:15 Read by Sandra G
33 - The Day Between 39:21 Read by Sandra G
34 - Nugent Shows his Hand 23:20 Read by Sandra G
35 - Lucilla Tries her Sight 43:32 Read by Sandra G
36 - The Brothers Meet 22:45 Read by Sandra G
37 - The Brothers Change Places 34:30 Read by Sandra G
38 - Is There No Excuse for Him? 44:41 Read by Sandra G
39 - She Learns to See 29:38 Read by Sandra G
40 - Traces of Nugent 21:15 Read by Sandra G
41 - A Hard Time for Madame Pratolungo 31:07 Read by Sandra G
42 - The Story of Lucilla: Told by Herself 19:22 Read by Sandra G
43 - Lucilla's Journal, continued 45:45 Read by Sandra G
44 - Lucilla's Journal, continued 39:37 Read by Sandra G
45 - Lucilla's Journal, continued 45:28 Read by Sandra G
46 - The Italian Steamer 45:58 Read by Sandra G
47 - On the Way to the End. First Stage 26:55 Read by Sandra G
48 - On the Way to the End. Second Stage 14:41 Read by Sandra G
49 - On the Way to the End. Third Stage 29:56 Read by Sandra G
50 - The End of the Journey 15:39 Read by Sandra G
51 - Epilog: Madame Pratolungo's Last Words 12:57 Read by Sandra G

Reviews

Five Stars for Reading, Five Stars for Story

(5 stars)

This book deserves a double five stars - five stars for the excellent reading, five stars for the story. This is easily my favorite Wilkie Collins novel read thus far. The characters and plot are memorable and there is also quite a bit of humor. The Hamlet reading had me laughing out loud. I was listening on headphones while working in my garden. The neighborhood must have though I'd lost it when I suddenly cracked up laughing. This is the first book I've heard from this reader, but will certainly search for more. Great job!

Great characters in olden days

(4 stars)

So,It's a great story of its time about love, deception, devotion, friendship and family. All the characters are drawn out in great detail without being to one-sided, the story keeps twisting and turning to make you want to hear more. Although it appears dusty and old fashioned at times, it gives a wonderful understanding of predicaments of society in olden days and glimpses of hope for changes - be it curing cataract blindness, women's rights or a republic which does away with status based on inherited money alone. Sandra, the reader, deserves a special note. She reads every character with their own distinctive voice and even playing them out that I can imagine them so clearly in all the glorious details the author so willingly offers. I'd recommend the book for sick days when one feels miserable and needs a light hearted distraction with not much thinking required. Enjoy, it is a pleasurable experience - if I may say so (still giggling about the wonderful use of the English language by the German doctor).

(2.5 stars)

I must echo another review I gave saying that a lot of these books were written at a time when women were viewed as silly little creatures and written in that way. This is no exception. Miss Finch herself is petulant and irrational, but of course she's beautiful so everyone loves her. I find her obnoxious. Also, the main plot twist (which takes forever to get to) is that of an absurd soap opera. If not for the exceptional reader, I wouldn't have gotten through to the end.

long and lively

(4 stars)

Sandra is an amazing reader! The recording quality of this book is unsurpassed, in my experience. I am thankful for all of the effort that went into this recording. The book itself is not the best thing I've read/heard by Collins. However, the usual host of well described, colorful characters did not disappoint. I was amused and entertained, if not full of suspense. I could "put it down", as it were, however, I always kept coming back to it and I'm glad I did.

Rave Review!

(5 stars)

Sensational reading by Sandra G. (the G must be for Gifted, or perhaps for Genius). She brings each and every one the well-drawn and sometimes eccentric characters of this enjoyable book to such vivid, distinctive life that you will remember them, not as characters in a book, but as people you have met in person. Wilkie Collins's book is excellent and you must hear Sandra G.'s reading (interpretation? acting?) to believe it!!!

outstanding

(5 stars)

I've just finished listening to Poor Miss Finch and, quite honestly, it is my new favourite book. Sandra, your narration was beautiful and added so much feeling to the novel. I enjoyed it so very much. Wilkie Collins is a favourite, but this is one of his books I've never had the pleasure of reading yet. Thank you, again!

Wilkie rocks it again!

(5 stars)

I think this is one of Wilkies best yet! The characters were interesting and the way that he manipulated them throughout the story made it so complex that you really had to pay attention to who is doing what to whom! I highly recommend this book yes you should read it rather listen to it…

(4 stars)

A very good, highly dramatic story. Maybe Wikipedia has a more thorough description of the storyline. I found the reader's expression to be mostly very good, but annoying when she read parts spoken by Lucilla & some male characters. I've never heard anyone speak with a habitually quivery voice, & it made those characters appear ridiculous.