The Collector

  • by John Fowles
  • Narrated by James Wilby
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Withdrawn, uneducated, and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda.
When he wins the pools, he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Unpleasant

I love The Magus so thought I'd give this a listen. The narrator is very good but part 2 is boring and the way it all pans out is very unpleasant.
Not a book I'll ever return to, unlike The Magus.
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- The Wolf

A horrifying, realistic tale of obsession

Would you listen to The Collector again? Why?

No, I couldn't put myself through such an uncomfortable listen again, just because the writing is that spine chilling and believable! Let me be clear, this is a very well written book, and an extremely compelling story, but one of the characters is so repulsive, it is so hard to hear the tragic story from his warped perspective.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Miranda is very brave, resourceful yet flawed young woman. She is an accurate depiction of a desperate woman in her position.


What about James Wilby’s performance did you like?

His commitment and clear diction.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beware of the quiet ones...


Any additional comments?

This story is not for the fainthearted but is worth persevering though to the harrowing and unpredictable end.

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- Hannah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios