The Woman in White


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(4.6 stars; 298 reviews)

The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859-1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be to the first mystery novel, and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of ’sensation novels’….

The Woman in White is also an early example of a particular type of Collins narrative in which several characters in turn take up the telling of the story. This creates a complex web in which readers are unsure which narrator can, and cannot, be trusted. Collins used this technique in his other novels, including The Moonstone. This technique was copied by other novelists, including Bram Stoker, author of Dracula (1897), although by the end of the 19th century the technique was considered “old-fashioned”. (Summary from Wikipedia) (25 hr 34 min)

Chapters

The First Epoch:The Story Begun by Walter Hartright:Introduction - IV (Walter H… 51:47 Read by Tim Bulkeley
V - VII (Walter Hartright) 39:56 Read by Tim Bulkeley
VIII - IX (Walter Hartright) 50:40 Read by Tim Bulkeley
X - XII (Walter Hartright, Anne Catherick) 58:39 Read by Ezwa
XIII (Walter Hartright) 34:08 Read by Tim Bulkeley
XIV - XV (Walter Hartright) 42:50 Read by Tim Bulkeley
The Story Continued by Vincent Gilmore:I - II (Vincent Gilmore) 53:46 Read by Alan Chant
III - IV (Vincent Gilmore) 41:17 Read by Alan Chant
The Story Continued by Marian Halcombe:I (Marian Halcombe) 37:00 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
II (Marian Halcombe) 38:07 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
The Second Epoch:I (Marian Halcombe) 35:12 Read by Melissa
II (Marian Halcombe) 43:34 Read by Ruth Golding
III (Marian Halcombe) 43:12 Read by Ruth Golding
IV (Marian Halcombe) 34:02 Read by Melissa
V (Marian Halcombe) 29:18 Read by Ruth Golding
VI (Marian Halcombe) 1:01:07 Read by Ruth Golding
VII (Marian Halcombe) 39:18 Read by Ruth Golding
VIII (Marian Halcombe) 34:03 Read by Ruth Golding
IX (Marian Halcombe) 48:08 Read by Ruth Golding
X (Marian Halcombe, Count Fosco, Narrator) 10:23 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Story Continued by Frederick Fairlie Esq, of Limmeridge House(Frederick Fai… 1:09:55 Read by David Barnes
The Story Continued by Eliza Michelson:I (Eliza Michelson) 40:48 Read by Julie Bynum
II (Eliza Michelson) 49:27 Read by Julie Bynum
The Story Continued in Several Narratives(Hester Pinhorn, The Doctor, Jane Goul… 29:33 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
The Third Epoch:The Story Continued by Walter Hartwright:I - II (Walter Hartrig… 45:21 Read by Tim Bulkeley
III - IV (Walter Hartright) 47:38 Read by Glen Hallstrom
V - VI (Walter Hartright) 32:49 Read by Tim Bulkeley
VII (Walter Hartright) 30:25 Read by Tim Bulkeley
VIII (Walter Hartright) 33:32 Read by Tim Bulkeley
IX (Walter Hartright) 28:24 Read by Tim Bulkeley
X (Walter Hartright) 40:07 Read by Tim Bulkeley
XI (Walter Hartright, Mrs. Catherick) 48:24 Read by Tim Bulkeley
The Story Continued by Walter Hartright:I - II 37:09 Read by Tim Bulkeley
III - IV (Walter Hartright) 30:58 Read by Tim Bulkeley
V - VI (Walter Hartright) 39:11 Read by Tim Bulkeley
VII (Walter Hartright) 32:10 Read by Tim Bulkeley
The Story Continued by Isidore Ottavio Baldassare Fosco(Count Fosco) 39:25 Read by Glen Hallstrom
The Story Concluded by Walter Hartright:I - III (Walter Hartright) 32:54 Read by Tim Bulkeley

Reviews

bravo bravo standing encore!!

(5 stars)

the book has multiple readers, but it really is done as a dramatic reading or full cast reading - each chapter read by the character who is telling their story at the time. this is a very long book. but it never lost my interest. such a deeply twisted and intricate plot! yes there is a romance in it, but its not mushy or sappy. this is the 2nd book by this author that i have read and i am so happy to have discovered him! a wonderful writer!

Incredible!

(5 stars)

Wow! That was intense! I enjoyed this book far more than I expected too. The characters were amazing. Sweet Laura Fairlie, resourceful Marion Holcombe, and Walter Hartright who was determined to solve the mystery of the woman in white. Then there was Mr. Fairlie, Laura's uncle. Oh how, I wanted to slap him! What a selfish, indolent man who cared nothing about his niece's interests who was forced into a loveless marriage. Sir Percival Glyde was nasty man who needed marriage for financial gain. Count Fosco who used his charms to cover up his devious plans. This book has layers of stolen identity, and hidden scandals. It was almost impossible to put this book down. It was an amazing journey!

(4 stars)

The novel is absorbing, though it has some very slow parts and a little too much repetition for my taste. It is structured as a series of depositions in a criminal investigation and so you get many different perspectives on the same events. his recording uses many voices, and most are very good. It is odd that there are different actors reading the same character and it's a bit jarring to switch from English to a American accents all the time. But generally it was fun to listen to.

The Woman in White

(5 stars)

This is my fifth or sixth listening to a Wilkie Collins book. His development of character is masterful. In this book you will find one dark character whose weakness is appalling and shocking and another whose mental fortitude, physionomy, and quirks in pet choices is thoroughly hated and feared. The chapters are read in the personality of the character and the readers of these two fully inhabit the characters they portray. Surely this book is a classic of 19th century England. Splendid!

wow! I'm so dizzy from all the twists and turns in this fabulous story!

(5 stars)

One of Wilkies best! This story has so many interesting and intriguing characters. The story has a plethora of twists and turns, it is full of love and lust greed evil villains and crime and secrets and all sorts of surprises-that kept me turning pages after pages I couldn't put it down. At Wilke, I have to know where you come up with all these and usual names for your character…

Gripping story with engaging readers

(5 stars)

Stories such as this require a bit of patience to enjoy them fully. Let me assure you that this story is well worth it. The characters, villains and heroes alike, are both believable and multifaceted, and the twisting path that the plot leads you down will keep you guessing until the last words are read. Excellent readers make Mr. Collins's characters come alive, and by the time the tale is all told, you will wish it could go on forever.

Free Listens review

(5 stars)

For all the book's length, it managed to hold my attention as an interesting read. To play the "If author 1 and author 2 had a baby" game, I would say it's like what would happen if Charlotte Bronte and Arthur Conan Doyle collaborated on a novel: you get the mystery and outre villains of Sherlock Holmes with the dark backstory, frustrated romance, and class inequality of Jane Eyre. For full review see: http://www.freelistens.blogspot.com/

great book great readers

(5 stars)

This is the book that got me addicted to librivox some years ago! I have no words for how much fun I had listening to it. The readers were all great, easy to listen to. I got completely immersed in it and lived in Wilkie Collins world for weeks. This is by far his best novel, I have become a fan of him and librivox ever since I came across it!