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The Collector Audiobook

The Collector

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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Withdrawn, uneducated, and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs.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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    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 09/06/2015
    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 09/06/2015
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    "Loved it. Beautifully written. wonderfully read."

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Nash 27/01/2015
    K. Nash 27/01/2015 Member Since 2017

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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sharon
    APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States
    4/06/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Erica Smith
    South Carolina
    28/02/13
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    "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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin8u
    Mesa, AZ, United States
    11/08/12
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    "You DON'T tell a Disease its Name"

    I loved this novel of obsession, passion and control. While at the plot level it seems like (what now is a basic, but when it came out was revolutionary) psychological creep thriller (see Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Misery, etc.), this novel is much, much more. It is an exploration and a nuanced look at class struggles, art, power, religion, money, etc.). It is a novel that resonates on several levels. It reminded me of a some weird love-child of Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Harris. But, perhaps that is just the whispers of all those moths and butterflies talking to me. The narrator bugged at times, but overall did a good job.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • moo
    brooklyn, NY, United States
    10/08/14
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    "Fantastic first person book, amazing narration"
    Any additional comments?

    The Collector is one of the best first person books I've listened to. The narration is fantastic. The main character is painted with such clairty, creepy, chilling, fantastic book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rochelle
    New Zealand
    18/08/14
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    "Creepy!"

    The story starts out creepy & stays that way right until the end. John Fowles has done a brilliant job of creating these characters, particularly Frederick, who seems as though he ought to be as harmless as the butterflies he collects - but who is anything but.

    "Gripping" would be a good adjective for this one. It is a remarkably well written story, my favourite so far of the Fowles books available on the Audible book store. It's compelling from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. Means
    SOUTH PORTLAND, ME, United States
    6/01/14
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    "Exceptional performance of a gripping novel"
    Where does The Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've heard. Couldn't stop listening - finished in two days.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shawn
    Frederick, MD, United States
    9/07/17
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    "I liked it, I think?"

    I enjoyed part 1 & part 3. I liked part 2 being from Miranda's perspective. However, I felt that part 2 ended up rambling. I honestly wanted to know more about how she was feeling & what she was thinking in this situation rather than learning about her interactions with people before she was captured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casey Thompson
    29/06/17
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    "Bored halfway through"

    It started out strong and interesting then it switched narrators and told the same exact story again. I finished it but just barely. The narrator gets all the credit for that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon Chapel
    16/04/17
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    "A favorite"

    Read this for the third (fourth?) time. Exceptionally well written and psychologically horrific, "The Collector" is one of my top five favorite books of all time. I'm sure it was quite shocking and taboo at the time it was published, this story will haunt you for weeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Walker
    NJ USA
    11/07/16
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    "Jarring Look into the Mind of a Criminal"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend to a friend due to the intense experience of reading. The premise is absolutely chilling and normalizing the ideals of the insane makes the entire thing incredibly intriguing. The writing is simply phenomenal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I truly admired Miranda and her strength.


    What does James Wilby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Wilby is easily able to alter his voice and add weight to each character successfully. He really makes the novel come alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Honestly, I was very put off by this book. The main character is so twisted that I felt very sad at it all coming to such an abrupt and terrifying end. I could not tell if I actually did not enjoy the book or it was just the main character I loathed so greatly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • RabbitLemon
    10/05/16
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    26/12/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cat
    1/12/14
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    "I listened in two days!"

    Absolutely fabulous. Loved the characterisation that made my skin crawl, and Fowles has the incredible talent of making one almost feel sorry for the protagonist's situation, before realising the extent of the delusion. An excellent psychological thriller that I've already listened to three times in two months!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stevan
    26/07/17
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    "amazing"

    compelling and full of ideas. this book is great and preformed impeccably, a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krzysztof
    9/06/17
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    "Gruesome insight into dark side of human soul"

    This is horryffying portrait of a man falling into abyss, not finding strentgh to hold on to what is good in him but finding excuses at avery step of descending into darkness. It is not a pleasent listen, but it is powerful portrait of how one find himself unable to turn away from evil. Deeply moving book, forcing deep self reflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tatyana Cornell
    27/04/17
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    "Gripping story"

    Really enjoyed listening to the story. The reason I gave it only 4 stars was because I didn't like the way the narrator read the girl's part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf
    Glasgow
    10/11/15
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    "Unpleasant"

    I love The Magus so thought I'd give this a listen. The narrator is very good but part 2 is boring and the way it all pans out is very unpleasant.
    Not a book I'll ever return to, unlike The Magus.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    25/08/15
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    "Chilling"
    Where does The Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best this year


    Have you listened to any of James Wilby’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but I have already put some more of the books he has narrated on my wish list.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is completely engrossing with extremely well developed characters. A chilling and fascinating read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carey
    Greenford, United Kingdom
    11/11/13
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    "Dull"
    What disappointed you about The Collector?

    Both characters are dislikable, plodding and repetitive storyline. I can't wait for it to be over.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Fowles again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The volume seems to go from very quiet to screaming. Which is actually a positive as it wakes me up if I am nodding off.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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