Summary

The Woman in White, considered one of the first mystery novels and is the best known work of English novelist Wilkie Collins.
Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress?
Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.
William Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
(P)2009 RNIB
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5 out of 5 stars
By James Raeside on 25-01-09

A Terrific Bargain

At Five pounds odd this is a tremendous bargain. The reading by Gabriel Woolf is wonderful: both the timbre of his voice in general and the way he manages to give distinctive voices to the various narrators.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve Flook on 29-01-09

A stunning listen

I have to admit at the outset that this is one of my favourite novels. Without the need to agonise over Victorian social problems which Dickens feels, Collins produces a rattling good detective story.
His characters are deliciously overblown and the plot wonderfully convoluted.

Gabriel Woolf understands the characters and gives each one a distinctive voice and their own personality.

This would be a must if it were full-price: at ?5 everyone should rush to download it immediately.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph R on 12-04-09

A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong

I had this book figured out wrong at least ten different times including the end. The author is one clever person who knows how to keep a body on edge. Spies, murder, the kidnapping of beautiful ladies, evil noblemen, ladies locked away in madhouses and of course, the stealing of an heiress's fortune. The author lets one think that one thing is about to happen then something else slaps one up-side the head. I was certain that my favorite characters were to be murdered. What actually happened was far more interesting. This book kept me on edge until I finished about 3AM. A word about the narrator, Gabriel Woolf does an unbelievable job. He completely assumes each character to disappear thus allowing the story to twist and turn.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lawrence on 18-07-10

great performance

Some of the reviews criticize this production because the reader makes some mistakes, such as a few burps. The listener should take into consideration that the producer is the UK's RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). The productions are rather old and were done on a limited budget. This is why the price is so low. However, this does not mean that the readings are poor. To the contrary, all of the RNIB audiobooks I've listened to were read by top notch British actors who, in my opinion, do a far better job than most professional readers. The reader of this audiobook, Gabriel Wolff, gives a stellar performance. I recognize him from other audiobooks. He is superb. I'll gladly tolerate his occasional snafu which would have been cleaned up by a more expensive production, in exchange for his protean character adaptations. The aristocrats sound like aristocrats and the commoners sound like commoners. Though I guess I could have rated this 4 stars because of the uneven production, when one takes into consideration the extremely low price, this audiobook clearly deserves 5 stars.

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