The Woman in White (Dramatized)

  • by Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by Toby Stephens, Juliet Aubrey, Full Cast
  • 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

A lonely stretch of road on Hampstead Heath is the venue for Walter Hartright's midnight first encounter with a mysteriously distressed figure in white. As he helps the woman to escape from unnamed pursuers, he has little understanding of the way she will affect his future. Walter's new work as a drawing master takes him to Limmeridge House, in Cumberland. There he meets and falls in love with Laura, who strangely resembles the woman in white. She, however, is soon to marry the financially embarrassed Sir Percival Glyde. Events at Limmeridge take a surprising turn when Anne Catherick arrives, and Walter recognises her as the mystery figure. It appears that her recent incarceration in a mental asylum was at the behest of Sir Percival, who is all too aware of the secret she holds. Sir Percival's machinations to gain control of his new bride's wealth put both Laura and Anne in danger, and more than one life will be lost before Walter's mystery of the woman in white can be fully explained.

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High Melodrama

In this performance, some wonderful British actors do a great job presenting Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White". We are by now so accustomed to this "Gothic" horror/romance formula that it's difficult to see the plot as much other than an old, melodramatic chestnut. There's the ladies in distress, the lonely old mansion, the ominous foreign villain, the spooky surroundings....on and on.

That's why this dramatization is so much fun. The original full-length book can get a little tedious in its Victorian excesses, but here we're reminded of how well this "grandaddy of them all" created his atmosphere and kept his readers on the edge of their seats. There are even sound effects!

It's a great listening experience.
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As Good as the Book, and I Loved the Book

The Lady in White was my introduction to Wilkie Collins and I was carried off by the story. This, from a one who don't include murder mysteries in my regular reading diet. What was done is at question, who done it and what is planned? And why for pete's sakes? In my first time through, I never got a single one of my guesses right. I gave up the heroines for dead, then Wilkie pulled an unexpected trick or two.

This dramatised version steamlined the plot and moves at a faster pace and doesn't lose a single thread from the original. One can also get to bed at a reasonable hour too. If you like complications in your stories, this one has them in spades. I enjoyed the story serveral times. It is satisfying. I even bought a couple more of Mr. Collins books: The Moonstone and A Rogue's Life and like them also. I guess I am a Wilkie Collins fan.
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- Joseph R

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-26-2006
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited