The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Publisher: Various (AudioGO for my audio version)
Publication date: Originally serialized from 1859-1860
Length: 24 hours, 41 min
Source: Audiobook from Library
Things I Liked:
I am once again reminded why classic books are considered, well, classic. I'm rather ashamed that it's taken me so long to read a Wilkie Collins book! This was fantastic; it was complex and surprising and had remarkably few of those boring side stories and descriptions of countryside that seem to plague classics. I love how carefully the tension builds and especially how much you feel afraid for the main characters without knowing exactly why. That feeling builds at just the right pace and we are sufficiently unprepared for the twists and turns it takes (at least I was). I think Count Fosco is one of the most interesting characters I've ever read; a villain who is complex, not 100% evil, well developed, and just so subtle you almost doubt his villiany. A great story with interesting characters and a crazy plot (seriously, so good). Ian Holm is the narrator, and while not the best at varying the voices, did a great job of expressing the emotions each character was feeling. I truly felt like he had a grasp on each person, even if sometimes the pitch or tone of voice didn't seem like it (sometimes the women were just annoying). Still, I was entranced. Such a fabulous book!
Things I Didn't Like:
I would normally say it was too long, but I honestly just really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I really didn't want it to end. I'm definitely going to listen to more classics on audio, provided there is a good narrator.
It felt pretty Dickens-like in its complicated story
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a few mild ones here and there
some implied stuff, but never discussed
not violence, necessarily, but there's definitely some intense stuff
Suggestions for other Wilkie Collins (or similar authors) I should read? Any great classic audiobooks?
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