The Moonstone


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(4.2 stars; 140 reviews)

The story concerns a young woman called Rachel Verinder who inherits a large Indian diamond, the Moonstone, on her eighteenth birthday.

The book is widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels. T. S. Eliot called it 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'. It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre: a large number of suspects, red herrings, a crime being investigated by talented amateurs who happen to be present when it is committed, and two police officers who exemplify respectively the 'local bungler' and the skilled, professional, Scotland Yard detective. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(20 hr 8 min)

Chapters

Prologue 14:25 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 1 6:24 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 2 11:06 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 3 16:37 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 4 20:57 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 5 18:18 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 6 25:14 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
First Period: Chapter 7 9:55 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 8 27:44 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 9 15:30 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 10 27:04 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
First Period: Chapter 11 53:28 Read by Graham Redman
First Period: Chapter 12 28:41 Read by Gesine
First Period: Chapter 13 16:54 Read by Gesine
First Period: Chapter 14 18:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
First Period: Chapter 15 29:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
First Period: Chapter 16 18:58 Read by J. M. Smallheer
First Period: Chapter 17 14:10 Read by J. M. Smallheer
First Period: Chapter 18 14:24 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
First Period: Chapter 19 10:24 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
First Period: Chapter 20 8:47 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 21 27:43 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 22 22:46 Read by Mike Gardom
First Period: Chapter 23 30:05 Read by Mike Gardom
Second Period: First Narrative I 32:18 Read by Kristine Bekere
Second Period: First Narrative II 27:46 Read by Kristine Bekere
Second Period: First Narrative III 26:22 Read by Kristine Bekere
Second Period: First Narrative IV 21:58 Read by Kristine Bekere
Second Period: First Narrative V 22:03 Read by Kristine Bekere
Second Period: First Narrative VI & VII 30:22 Read by Kristine Bekere
Second Period: First Narrative VIII 34:54 Read by Kristine Bekere
Second Period: Second Narrative I 26:10 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Second Narrative II & III 34:31 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative I & II 28:12 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative III 20:29 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative IV 34:45 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative V 21:42 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative VI 22:17 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative VII 32:28 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative VIII 31:40 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative IX 36:26 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Third Narrative X 35:10 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Fourth Narrative Part 1 31:05 Read by Graham Redman
Second Period: Fourth Narrative Part 2 36:16 Read by Graham Redman
Second Period: Fourth Narrative Part 3 38:26 Read by Graham Redman
Second Period: Fifth Narrative 42:41 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Sixth Narrative 27:28 Read by Joel Poortenga
Second Period: Seventh and Eighth Narratives; Epilogue 26:00 Read by Justin Brett

Reviews

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(4 stars)

My comments: Mike Gardom reads quite a few chapters and does an excellent job. The balance of the chapters are taken by a variety of Librivox readers. Most are done quite well and on balance, this book is well read and easy to listen to. Wilkie Collins tends to be a bit long-winded in his writing, but the many twists and turns keep the plot interesting.

(2.5 stars)

Great book, but too many different readers with incompatible styles. Background noise can be heard during some recordings. One reader with an otherwise pleasant voice is not a native English speaker; she mispronounces words often, making it hard to get lost in the narrative. Another reader uses an English accent that comes and goes.

(2.5 stars)

Delightful book; inconsistent narration. One woman has such a thick accent in English, it is incomprehensible to me, another (also with an accent, this one not so thick, but a little distracting for an English novel) sounds as if she is torturing children in the background or is reading outside a playground. There are curdling shrieks behind her. Perhaps they can replace these chapters with comprehensible readers who can speak clearly and pronounce all of the words? Karen Savage, where are you , you perfect narrator? I appreciate this service and everyone’s volunteer efforts, and again, I love this book, but I’ve reached chapters that I cannot understand! Now that I’m addicted it is so sad to abandon it!

(2.5 stars)

I loved the first half of this book, very engaging and had many twists and turns that when you thought you knew what happened it went a different direction. The second part was so hard to understand the reader. Mispronouncing words I couldn’t follow what was even going on... I understand the readers are volunteers, but this is the second Wilkie Collins book I will not finish because I cannot understand the reader..

can't finish it...

(2.5 stars)

I'm enjoying the book so far, just finished the first period, all was well read and understandable... the second period of the book was too difficult to understand due to the strong accent of the reader, it seems she had difficulty pronouncing certain words what can be distracting and makes one loose the flow of the story...

SUPERLATIVE

(5 stars)

One of the most ingenious plots that I have ever read. Unusually, in this instance, the use of multiple narrators did not detract from the story. Highly recommended!

(5 stars)

Thank you Librivox for introducing me to Wilkie Collins I am becoming a fan! All the readers did a good job and were easy to listen to. I especially liked Joel Poortenga's reading. The lady with the foreign accent was sometimes hard to understand but her tone of voice fit her character so well that I did not mind at all! Thank you for the experience

(3 stars)

A little warning before the book started would have been good. I am an Indian and a hindu. On librivox the sentiments of the black community are respected. Same should apply to other people as well. The reading is very good as usual. Story so far is interesting if you can ignore the fact that Hindus have been portrayed as evil.