Thursday, May 27, 2010

Review by Shellie: Audio version of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

 

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About the book:    Set near London around the mid-1800’s, an artist is traveling to his latest work assignment. On his way he sees a disturbing woman in white on the highway. He attempts to help her but is mystified when she disappears. Her connection with his life becomes apparent over time after he arrives at his destination. There he falls in love with one of the nieces of the household owner. She however is to be married shortly to a man who appear less than genial, creating conflict and angst. Things become convoluted as the plot is conveyed by different individuals that are involved in the happenings in this tale of deceit, murder, and apparent madness.

My Thoughts:    I did not realize that this edition was abridged until after finishing it, and perhaps would not have chosen this version if I had realized. I really enjoy listening to classics when exercising since they are often difficult for me to focus on when actually reading.

The audio version was lovely nonetheless. The narration was excellent - done by various speakers that had the gender, age, and class accents appropriate to the teller of each section; and they were of course done with wonderful English accents.

I was out of breath and shocked at some of the scenes, thought about the book between listens, and I did not guess what was going to happen next which is always a good sign. I also did not feel that the book was edited. I give this audio book 3.5 stars.  I recommend it as a great way to get into classics which may otherwise be difficult to read.

This audio book was rented from the local digital library and listened to on an iPod.

Audio Book Data:

  • Audio CD:
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Abridged edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626348631
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626348635
  • Genre: Classic Mystery

    Amazon purchasing information for the audio version, which I listened to are US/UK/Canada.

    This book was read for The Fill in the Gaps Challenge, The Woman Unbound Challenge, and The New Author Challenge.

    This book’s significance for The Woman Unbound Challenge is that it is an example of how UK law was set up so that woman could not hold title to property, only men – fathers, husbands, sons, or other family members. Also the power of men over women was not unlike those of a child. Crazy making stuff, yet we’ve come a long way!

    Thanks for reading Layers of Thought.

  • 8 comments:

    Charlie said...

    Abridgements aren't always a bad thing—they sometimes eliminate needless blather. The only way to tell is to read the book and compare.

    Personally, I liked the abridged version of Angela's Ashes, read by Frank McCourt with his Irish lilt, and precisely because it eliminated his tendency to dwell too long on a subject or a scene.

    Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

    This is one of my favorite classics. So glad you enjoyed it! :)

    Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

    Charlie -
    I remember you saying you had a problem with McCourt... I loved Angela's Ashes. In the written form.

    My preference is to listen to the unabridged versions. I would probably get too distracted reading the version as opposed to listening to them.

    Natalie -
    It was really good. I have seen that so many people have loved it too. Mostly five stars on my goodreads friend list.

    I added it because when I was a teenager I found and read from my parent's book collection a book which was similar in premise. I really can't remember what its title is... I was hope that this was it... but its not.

    Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

    By the way do you both have some fun plans for the extended weekend?

    And if anyone has any idea which book that I thought The Woman in White may be I would love to find it....

    Thanks!

    DCMetroreader said...

    I feel out of the loop as I hadn't heard of this classic before.

    And kudos to you Shellie for listening to this while exercising! I'm impressed as I usually am focused on when can I stop (biking jogging whatever) to focus on a story.

    Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

    Kim -
    Its really good.. recommended...

    It makes the treadmill bearable... John won't let me listen to my ipod when we hike... but if he walks too far ahead of me I threaten I will bring it....

    Didn't you recommend some free audio download for commuters awhile back?

    mel u said...

    I read this book a few months ago-I enjoyed it a lot-

    Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

    Mel -
    I would imagine that this would be your cup of tea. It was really good.

    Thanks for the update link on Ilustrado. I am looking forward to your thoughts on it. I hope its as wonderful as it sounds. :)

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