The Evil Genius


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(4.2 stars; 42 reviews)

The Evil Genius, one of Wilkie Collins' last works, is subtitled "A Domestic Scene". It is the intriguing tale of family Linley, including the "evil genius", and their governess Sydney Westerfield. In colorful pictures, Collins presents the story of this family, which becomes entangled in the often hyprocritical Victorian perceptions of morality and decency. (Summary by Carolin) (12 hr 50 min)

Chapters

Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Trial 14:24 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Sentence 5:40 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Letter 5:54 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Garret 6:56 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Landlord 3:47 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Brute 9:37 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Cipher 5:51 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Diamonds 7:54 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The Mother 9:16 Read by ToddHW
Before the Story - Miss Westerfield's Education - The School 13:59 Read by ToddHW
First Book - Chapter I - Mrs. Presty Presents Herself 10:26 Read by Lynne T
First Book - Chapter II - The Governess Enters 7:43 Read by Lynne T
First Book - Chapter III - Mrs. Presty Changes Her Mind 15:16 Read by Lynne T
First Book - Chapter IV - Randal Receives His Correspondence 4:48 Read by bala
First Book - Chapter V - Randal Writes to New York 7:45 Read by Lynne T
First Book - Chapter VI - Sydney Teaches 6:38 Read by Mike Pelton
First Book - Chapter VII - Sydney Suffers 10:18 Read by Mike Pelton
First Book - Chapter VIII - Mrs. Presty Makes a Discovery 15:29 Read by Chill28
First Book - Chapter IX - Somebody Attends to the Door 25:35 Read by Chill28
First Book - Chapter X - Kitty Mentions Her Birthday 17:08 Read by acousticwave
First Book - Chapter XI - Linley Asserts His Authority 10:34 Read by Ernst Pattynama
First Book - Chapter XII - Two of Them Sleep Badly 9:12 Read by Judith Parker
First Book - Chapter XIII - Kitty Keeps Her Birthday 18:15 Read by Judith Parker
First Book - Chapter XIV - Kitty Feels the Heartache 12:46 Read by bala
Second Book - Chapter XV - The Doctor 7:11 Read by Lynne T
Second Book - Chapter XVI - The Child 8:14 Read by Chill28
Second Book - Chapter XVII - The Husband 17:28 Read by Chill28
Second Book - Chapter XVIII - The Nursemaid 5:15 Read by Lynne T
Second Book - Chapter XIX - The Captain 11:33 Read by Jacquerie
Second Book - Chapter XX - The Mother-in-Law 6:24 Read by Jacquerie
Second Book - Chapter XXI - The Governess 10:54 Read by Jacquerie
Third Book - Chapter XXII - Retrospect 4:48 Read by Chill28
Third Book - Chapter XXIII - Separation 6:34 Read by TriciaG
Third Book - Chapter XXIV - Hostility 9:50 Read by bala
Third Book - Chapter XXV - Consultation 21:13 Read by acousticwave
Third Book - Chapter XXVI - Decision 15:00 Read by Renate
Third Book - Chapter XXVII - Resolution 10:37 Read by SamR
Fourth Book - Chapter XXVIII - Mr. Randal Linley 7:47 Read by Lynne T
Fourth Book - Chapter XXIX - Mr. Sarrazin 19:05 Read by Mike Pelton
Fourth Book - Chapter XXX - The Lord President 15:55 Read by Mike Pelton
Fourth Book - Chapter XXXI - Mr. Herbert Linley 13:52 Read by Renate
Fourth Book - Chapter XXXII - Miss Westerfield 13:29 Read by Maryanka
Fourth Book - Chapter XXXIII - Mrs. Romsey 14:54 Read by acousticwave
Fourth Book - Chapter XXXIV - Mrs. Presty 12:19 Read by bala
Fourth Book - Chapter XXXV - Captain Bennydeck 21:58 Read by acousticwave
Fourth Book - Chapter XXXVI - Mr. and Mrs. Herbert 19:09 Read by acousticwave
Fourth Book - Chapter XXXVII - Mrs. Norman 15:51 Read by acousticwave
Fifth Book - Chapter XXXVIII - Hear the Lawyer 7:06 Read by David Mecionis
Fifth Book - Chapter XXXIX - Listen to Reason 11:10 Read by David Mecionis
Fifth Book - Chapter XL - Keep Your Temper 12:26 Read by David Mecionis
Fifth Book - Chapter XLI - Make the Best of It 11:13 Read by David Mecionis
Fifth Book - Chapter XLII - Try to Excuse Her 16:50 Read by Jacquerie
Fifth Book - Chapter XLIII - Know Your Own Mind 11:39 Read by Jacquerie
Fifth Book - Chapter XLIV - Think of Consequences 13:58 Read by bala
Fifth Book - Chapter XLV - Love Your Enemies 13:19 Read by Renate
Fifth Book - Chapter XLVI - Nil Desperandum 12:15 Read by Lynne T
Fifth Book - Chapter XLVII - Better Do It Than Wish It Done 14:56 Read by Lynne T
Fifth Book - Chapter XLVIII - Be Careful! 11:54 Read by Chill28
Fifth Book - Chapter XLIX - Keep the Secret 14:14 Read by acousticwave
Fifth Book - Chapter L - Forgiveness to the Injured Doth Belong 7:31 Read by acousticwave
Fifth Book - Chapter LI - Dum Spiro, Spero 9:14 Read by acousticwave
Fifth Book - Chapter LII - L'homme propose, et Dieu dispose 15:33 Read by acousticwave
Fifth Book - Chapter LIII - The Largest Nature, the Longest Love 11:28 Read by Renate
Fifth Book - Chapter LIV - Let Bygones Be Bygones 12:28 Read by bala
Fifth Book - Chapter LV - Leave It to the Child 18:35 Read by rookieblue

Reviews

Crummy story in so many ways...


(1 stars)

I have both read and listened to Collins' stories, and I can honestly say this is the worst one so far. First, it was WAY too long; I ended up reading through about 1/3 of the chapters because they just drag out without need. A husband gives in to the temptation to KISS another woman, so for that his wife throws him out and divorces him at the instigation of her nasty and mean spirited mother. The old bat should have gotten a comeuppance, but nope, she basically hangs around causing issues and lying her way around with the supposed intention of helping her daughter. In reality, she's a grasping schemer. A happy ending would have, in my opinion, ended with her at the underside of a train. The recordings are mixed, some are good, some are awful, tinny, accents so heavy you can't really follow the story line. It made what was already a rotten story unbearable. Lastly - Am I the only person who has noticed that EVERY recent book has the chapter chopped off at 30 characters long? Books prior to this year have the whole chapter name in the properties, but recent books are always lopped off. Hard to tell what chapter you are on with that, especially with this book. I see 8 chapters with the title of "Fourth Book - Chapter XXX". I ended up listening out of order 3 times because I got confused as to which chapter I was really on. The page listing doesn't have that problem, but if you download the zip file and extract it to media player, you will see what I mean. I can't recommend this book, it is just awful.

Good book.


(3 stars)

I liked the book ,and I think Wilkie Collins is great authors.But some of the readers ruined the book for me.I wish that this book or all the books in general should be read only by one reader.I give only three stars because of the readers.I don't mean no disrespect but I have an accent of my own as well and it is very hard for me to understand other people who accents too.I would of liked that the first reader would have read the whole book,because he seems like a great reader.

Re title being truncated


(0 stars)

The whole chapter title is still there, and displays in full in VLC Media Player. I do not use Windows Media Player, but I can see that Windows Properties (in Win7) shows only 30 characters. This must be a MS Windows issue, I'm afraid, and I can only suggest using a different player. ETA On reflection, this shouldn't really be a problem on any player, as the title is always prefixed with the section number, so the play order is always clear.

Betrayal


(4 stars)

I like the part when Sidney finally repented her conduct. But I hate the ending when Herbert was able to get back to her wife and kid. If Katherine should get the justice, the author should've made Herbert die, so she could be free and married the Captain. But of course it was only my vanity. Lol. I hate the ending but still think WK is awesome. And thank you for all the volunteers.

Bittersweet story


(5 stars)

Another great story from WC. A Rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs as you are led through the mischief and misery of infidelity, and the hope for a 'happy' ending. A previous reviewer had noted a missing chapter--that's been corrected. I think it ended as well as a story like this can end.


(3 stars)

I was forced to abandon this selection as one of the readers had such a thick accent. After listening to book 1, chapter IV, on 3 occasions,I surrendered. I tried again several days later. unfortunately the same narrator showed up for additional chapters . It neccessrily lessened the enjoyment of the story.

very good read


(5 stars)

a few of the readers made me want to stop the book all together. The last reader really took away from the book!!! He really over did what he thought the voices should be . It was like he hadnt known the characters at all.

THIS MOTHER DID NOT KNOW BEST


(5 stars)

Another satisfying novel by WC. Mrs. pressley must certainly have been a cousin of the conniving housekeeper from NO NAME. The book suffers from multiple readers, some of whom are virtually impossible to understand.