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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Mar. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003BQ9Y34
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Although not exactly the first example of detection novels, it provides the archetypal sleuth, Sergeant Cuff, an astute though idiosyncratic detective who leads the chase to the solution of the mystery, easily surpassing the dim-witted local police authorities. It also explores the full potential of the whodunit formula.
Arguably, it is still the longest example of detective fiction. Unlike most other serialized novels of its era, this one is meticulously plotted. You'll find red herrings, suspense, the unexpected, climaxes that overwhelm or fizzle out, and a satisfying denouement. It is narrated largely by some of the principal characters. All are revealed in well-rounded perspective while carrying forward the story line. The most popular has always been Drusilla Clack, "that rampant spinster", a self-righteous tract-dispensing lady who likes to eavesdrop and to be judgmental.
Is it the best? I would unhesitatingly award it the prize, while welcoming other internet browsers to name other contenders.
Wealthy internet browsers are recommended to download the unabridged audio reading of the book. It is a novel that reads well, and the full length reading available is a model of its kind. Naxos has produced an abridged version. It has the benefit of multiple readers, but most of the charm and all the atmosphere seems to disappear in the abridgment process. Book format will put you in touch with the original text and, provided you have the leisure and disposition for tackling a 20 hour read, will provide your imagination, your mind and your literary appetite with rich material.
I was surprised how modern this book still is even though it was published over a hundred years ago. I was especially struck by the conversations between Rachel Verrinder and Franklin Blake – her on/off fiancé. I thought the author caught the different voices of his narrators very well indeed and I was never in any doubt who was narrating the story. This is well worth reading even today and it puts some modern crime novelists in the shade.
The story is told through a seies of narratives relating to before, during and after the theft. One of my favourite narratives is that of Drusilla Clack, a devout christian who tries to convert anybody and everybody at any opportunity. The book is witty,often very moving and above all mysterious. It is a long story ( I estimate it at over 200,000 words ), but it is worth every word because of the atmospheric and skilful writing. I felt that I knew what it was like to live in England in the mid 1800's and my head was full of vivid pictures of the scenes described by Wilkie Collins.
Definitely one of the most readable and cleverly written books that I have ever read.
The format of the book is very similar to Collins' earlier novel, The Woman in White, in that it is an epistolary novel with multiple narrators, each telling part of the story, and each confining himself (or herself) to what they knew from their own knowledge. Collins had legal training and this method of presenting the story is somewhat akin to witnesses giving their accounts in a court room. The characters, especially the narrators, are well developed so that their individual personalities shine through. For example, one of the main narrators, Gabriel Betteredge, an aged and long-serving servant to the Verinder family, comes across as a fine upstanding, honest man, with a dry sense of humour, an air of cynicism, and with wisdom beyond his station in life. Rachel's relative, Miss Clack, on the other hand, is shown to be a interfering busybody and a religious zealot.
My main criticism, and the reason it only gets four stars and not five, is that the novel is very long and the story could have been told in half the number of pages.Read more ›
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Wonderfully written book, full of twists and turns. A delight to read and kept you guessing till the end. Thoroughly recommended.Published 1 day ago
Well written and a good yarn but very slow and boring in places. nice uplifting ending though which made up for the slowness.Published 7 days ago by Mr. J. A. L. Calvert
Quite a lengthy book, it seems, and I'm a slow reader and have yet to finish it. However, it is pleasantly engaging with a distinct narrative voice. Read morePublished 8 days ago by saggs
Better than the Lady in White in my opinion (other opinions are available)Published 8 days ago by swanreader
Too long winded, but ok, chop changing narrative. Seemed to be advertising Robinson Crusoe even in those days! It done the job,as I am going to read it next!Published 1 month ago by Ian MacDougall