The Woman in White

  • by Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by various
  • 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Walter Hartright encounters the "solitary figure of a woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments" on a lonely road, he is haunted by her. He falls in love with his employer's niece, Laura, because she resembles the mysterious woman. Laura, however, is betrothed to the evil Sir Percival, who wishes to marry her for her money. The woman in white, it turns out, is Anne Catherick, who was confined in an asylum by the evil Sir Percival because she knew a devastating secret about him. Now he is determined to destroy Anne, disguise Laura as Anne and confine her, and obtain all of her money. The only one who can stop him is the courageous Marian Halcombe, Laura's half-sister. A tremendous success when it was first published in 1860, The Woman in White still enthralls over a century later.


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Terrible version!

Novel is great fun, but don't be fooled by the brief audio snippet provided on the website into thinking that this is an English version, it is American - and how! Some of the readers are OK, but their 'English' accents are terribly mannered and weak at times. Two hideous examples of mispronunciation as well - 'Torquay' being the most memorable. Truly dire attempts at cockney and other regional accents as well. High point was a hilarious rendition of the effeminate hypochondriac Frederick Fairlie - extremely well-observed by actor.

Liked idea that there were different voices for each individual's 'testimony', it's just a shame that they were Americans making a largely feeble attempt at 'doing' English accents, accents which frequently slipped into their native American ones. (I haven't checked, but I imagine that this version is quite an old one. I don't think that this would pass rigorous standards set for modern versions.)

If you're not keen on American accents and have never read the book before steer clear - I don't think that this version would add anything to your enjoyment.
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- Clare

Great novel, dreadful reading

Wilkie Collins' 'The Woman in White' is a compelling mystery full of suspense and intrigue. The characterisations are vivid and the situations depicted are by turns sentimental, intriguing and terrifying. All in all, it's a thoroughly satisfying Victorian novel and a fascinating historical link in the evolution of the psychological crime story.

This reading, however, is the worst that I've encountered at Audible, where the standard is usually pleasingly high. The readers are all North Americans attempting to do English accents and, although some are better at it than others, the results over all are pretty dreadful. It would have been better if they had just read their parts using their own natural accents. Instead, we get a peculiar mixture of stilted pseudo-British enunciation and clanging American vowel sounds that this reader found most disagreeable and highly distracting.
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- N. Price

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-10-2006
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings