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The Two Destinies

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(4,216 Sterne; 58 Bewertungen)

Mary Dermody is destined to be together with George Germaine one day, or so at least her grandmother prophesies. Destiny at first doesn't seem to adhere to this plan, and the pair is separated and lose sight of each other. But when George saves a young woman from drowning, a strong connection seems to develop between them, which seems to be almost supernatural.. - Summary by Carolin (10 hr 9 min)


The Prelude - The Guest Writes and Tells the Story of the Dinner Party


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Chapter I - Greenwater Broad


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Chapter II - Two Young Hearts


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Chapter III - Swedenborg and the Sibyl


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Chapter IV - The Curtain Falls


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Chapter V - My Story


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Chapter VI - Her Story


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Chapter VII - The Woman on the Bridge


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Chapter VIII - The Kindred Spirits


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Chapter IX - Natural and Supernatural


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Chapter X - Saint Anthony's Well


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Chapter XI - The Letter of Introduction


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Chapter XII - The Disasters of Mrs. Van Brandt


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Chapter XIII - Not Cured Yet


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Chapter XIV - Mrs. Van Brandt at Home


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Chapter XV - The Obstacle Beats Me


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Chapter XVI - My Mother's Diary


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Chapter XVII - Shetland Hospitality


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Chapter XVIII - The Darkened Room


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Chapter XIX - The Cats


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Chapter XX - The Green Flag


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Chapter XXI - She Comes Between Us


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Chapter XXII - She Claims Me Again


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Chapter XXIII - The Kiss


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Chapter XXIV - In the Shadow of St. Paul's


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Chapter XXV - I Keep my Appointment


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Chapter XXVI - Conversation with my Mother


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Chapter XXVII - Conversation with Mrs. Van Brandt


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Chapter XXVIII - Love and Money


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Chapter XXIX - Our Destinies Part Us


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Chapter XXX - The Prospect Darkens


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Chapter XXXI - The Physician's Opinion


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Chapter XXXII - A Last Look at Greenwater Broad


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Chapter XXXIII - A Vision of the Night


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Chapter XXXIV - By Land and Sea


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Chapter XXXV - Under the Window


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Chapter XXXVI - Love and Pride


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Chapter XXXVII - The Two Destinies


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The Wife Writes, and Closes the Story


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(1 Sterne)

'The Moonstone' and 'The Woman in White' long ago put Wilkie Collins in the top league of authors for me. Sadly, only this recollection persuaded me to persevere with this particular book, and I did so out of a sense of loyalty towards WC, heaving a big sigh of relief when it was over. I have some sympathy with what others have said about some unfortunate parts of the narration, but I don't think the most stylistically perfect rendition would have redeemed this particular work of fiction for me. Even so, the Librivox volunteers do a great job in general and I'm grateful to them all for giving their time and energies so unstintingly for our pleasure.

Enjoyed the reading and the story very much

(5 Sterne)

There are elements in this novel that one finds in much of Wilkie Collins: is fate absolutely inescapable? how do parallels echo -- in fate, identity, beliefs -- and then present their opposites? Some of the extremes come across as high camp (the scene in which the protagonist wrestles with himself and his intention to drown the woman who spurned him...) -- Excellent readings by very entertaining readers. I especially liked beyondutopia (Susan Smith Nash), who was not afraid to go for the camp, the melodrama, the (at times) grotesque... loved it!

Suspenseful and Romantic

(5 Sterne)

This is yet another great take of suspense and romance artfully arranged by the prolific Wilkie Collins. Mr. Collins gives away the end in the beginning, yet that some how compels one to continue to read on. Susan Nash Smith nearly ruined this drama by making it overly dramatic. Her attempt to give each character a different sound is disasterours. I nearly quit listening several times, but the plot drew me on. A weaker book would have been crushed by the horrible narration. Please redo this book with a better narrator, it is worthy of it.

Great story

(4 Sterne)

This is a good story. Most of the readers did very well. I agree that the last reader was annoyingly slow & weirdly halting, but she's not as bad as others make out. I'd rather her slowness than the breakneck gallop of another reader. She read so fast it was impossible to savour fully several very poignant points in the story. I'd rather not listen to that at all.

Superstitiously charming!

(4,5 Sterne)

I always love Wilkie Collins. This one has a superstition touch. Love the idea how soulmates connected through dreams. But I honestly hate the chapter before the final one. It's creepy, confusing and boring at the same time. George appeared to be psychologically ill on that chapter. And I don't like that it was written on such a way. But overal it was AWESOME.

Feast for the ears

(5 Sterne)

I agree 100% with veinticuatro - there are books which need to be performed, not merely recited in a carefully modulated, conventional, restrained voiceover. Kudos to those LibriVox readers who go for the guts of a text. Expression, that's what I look for in a reader-aloud. Well done, Susan Smith Nash, you are a real storyteller.

(3 Sterne)

I love the story, but some of the readers couldn't hold my attention and made me start to drift off to sleep. I felt that Susan Smith Nash did an awful job with the last few chapters of this book. I think she tried too hard and it wasn't natural. I do however love all of Wilkie Collins work.

(3 Sterne)

I like most of Collins books but this one was a little odd. Closer to the end he did go off on a little crazy part that I was not that fond of. The whole thing was a little strange but it also held my attention. Not the best of his books but a good one.