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Publisher's Summary

Withdrawn, uneducated, and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda.
When he wins the pools, he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.
©1963 John Fowles (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Sharon on 06-04-13

Masterful narration

It's a powerful story of obsession and delusion. The perpetrator seem to see himself as the victim. I suppose he was the victim of a delusional mind. Hats off to James Wilby for his wonderful narration.

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By Erica Smith on 02-28-13

Perfect Performance

What did you love best about The Collector?

This is a masterpiece of a first novel.

What did you like best about this story?

Bizarre and powerful. A compelling portrait of intriguing self-delusion.

Which character – as performed by James Wilby – was your favorite?

Wilby slips into the role so effortlessly that one easily forgets that it isn't actually Ferdinand Clegg telling the story. Wilby should be nominated for an award.

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By RabbitLemon on 05-10-16

Perfect reading

Perfect . The reading was excellent to unwind the story. Loved it. Irritating having to carry on writing review on iPhone while walking in traffic. In order to write enough to send 5 stars

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By Hannah on 12-26-14

A horrifying, realistic tale of obsession

Would you listen to The Collector again? Why?

No, I couldn't put myself through such an uncomfortable listen again, just because the writing is that spine chilling and believable! Let me be clear, this is a very well written book, and an extremely compelling story, but one of the characters is so repulsive, it is so hard to hear the tragic story from his warped perspective.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miranda is very brave, resourceful yet flawed young woman. She is an accurate depiction of a desperate woman in her position.

What about James Wilby’s performance did you like?

His commitment and clear diction.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beware of the quiet ones...

Any additional comments?

This story is not for the fainthearted but is worth persevering though to the harrowing and unpredictable end.

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By Amanda on 06-09-15

Loved it. Beautifully written. wonderfully read.

Loved the psychology in this one. Could listen to James Wilby all day. Highly Recommend.

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By K. Nash on 01-27-15

Great use of unreliable narrator

This book uses unreliable narrators to play on your sympathies and the audiobook took it to another level. The extra component of believability, thanks to the vocal performance, further encourages you to feel sympathetic to the narrator despite everything going on in the book and continues to play with your emotions as you try to distance yourself. Great book and great audiobook.

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