Editor reviews

Patrick Tull's performance of The Moonstone is a nail-biting listening event. Tull's rich and dynamic voice keeps the audience engaged in this Victorian mystery. The story follows the Verinder family as they investigate the theft of a yellow diamond. Before belonging to the family, the jewel is said to have been resting on the forehead of an Indian idol. Is its disappearance a result of a legendary curse?
The Moonstone is a classic in the genre of detective fiction. With a remarkable story and memorable cast of characters, mystery lovers will be delighted by this audiobook.
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Summary

No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.
Public Domain (P)1989 Recorded Books
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Critic reviews

"The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels." (T.S. Eliot)
"This finely crafted tale is riveting in the audio medium." ( Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 02-02-07

View of English Literature undergraduate

The quality of this reading of 'The Moonstone' is outstanding. The various different actors that are used, add greatly to the effect of the story being told in a series of eye-witness accounts. Being a mature student, and a mother, my time is at a premium but the excellent telling of this gripping tale has allowed me to get to grips with the essence of the story before studying it at University.

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5 out of 5 stars
By AC on 27-02-16

A thrilling tale!

The Moonstone is a great story with twists and turns and splendid characterisation. Well read in this audio book and keeping the suspense until the last hour.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 22-05-03

One of the best readings ever

The Moonstone is a classic, and if you like mysteries it is a must-read (or must-listen). What is truly special about this rendition is the reading. The reading is superb, done by several actors to match the voices of several narrators.

Although it is VERY long, I never once got bored - in fact I couldn't wait for my drive to/from work so that I could listen some more. This is my favorite audio book to date (I've been doing this about a year now).

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45 of 45 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By KD on 23-08-05

Fantastic Victorian Fiction, Superbly Read

If you love good Victorian fiction, with its keen insights into human relationships and motivations, you'll love The Moonstone. This novel was never intended to be a physical action story. Ignore those people saying it's too long or--gasp!--boring. It's just right! The novel is told from several points of view with several narrators performing the various characters. In addition to Patrick Tull as the butler, audiobook customers might be interested in knowing that the narrators include Davina Porter and Frank Muller, both of whom have a large and loyal following. The Moonstone is also a great introduction to Wilkie Collins, whose works, in my opinion, are equal to those of his friend and mentor, Charles Dickens. At least two other Collins novels are available from Audible.com: The Woman in White and The Evil Genius. I hope there will be more in the future.

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