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Published in instalments in 1859, The Woman in White is often considered to be one of the very first detective novels. Although critics weren’t impressed at the time, the novel proved to be a hit with the public and has since gone on to become one of the timeless classics of the Victorian era. 

Following the adventures of Walter Hartright, this is a story of sleuthing, inheritance, ghosts and mistaken identity and was recently the subject of a hit TV adaptation by the BBC. 

Billy Howle, best known for his starring roles in On Chesil Beach opposite Saoirse Ronan, and with Richard Gere in MotherFatherSon, breathes new life into the masterpiece in this Audible Studios production. 

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  • 🌺 Lynne E.
  • 27-09-2020

Excellent Narration

To be sure, THE WOMAN IN WHITE is not for everyone. It was first published in 1859, and it is written in the wordy, formal, slow-paced style of Victorian times. Its enjoyment also requires some general familiarity with British inheritance laws of that time, which strictly controlled the passage of entailed estates to male offspring. However, the nove! is famous as one of the earliest detective nove!s, and is worth listening to for that reason.

Billy Howle's clear voice and excellent pacing makes the narrative easy to listen to. Perhaps he could be better with the women's voices, but there is no faulting his performance of Walter's and the Count's voices. Remarkably, this title as narrated by Howle is included free of charge in the Audible Plus catalog, as of September 2020.

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  • Rebbeca Miller
  • 24-01-2021

Wonderful!

This story is rich with the grammar of the late 1800s. It is purported to be the first murder mystery of it's type. The performance of the reader, Billy Howel, is top drawer. A must read and a must recommend to all who know me and care to listen.

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  • Lisa
  • 20-10-2020

Long but well done!

I enjoyed this story and particularly the narration. It is long with lots of details that are useful to the story but not always essential. It has enough twists and mysteries to keep it interesting. The narrator was the most enjoyable part as he portrayed the various characters very well. Worth the listen!

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  • Lorry
  • 05-07-2021

Would recommend

This was overall quite an enjoyable book to listen to. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Stardust
  • 24-06-2021

A (The) Classic

You will have to pay close attention to the story as it unfolds in unfamiliar language that will try your patience, but will be rewarded with the experience of appreciating the earliest attempts and invention of this now familiar genera of literature.

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  • Lisa Baker
  • 27-05-2021

Truly unexpected

Verging on a true Dickensian novel. Epic and lovely. Well performed as well. worth it!

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  • Kenyetta
  • 27-05-2021

Different than the reputation indicates

I had learned this book was inspired by the Maidebrunnen, a small spring in rural Alsace. But this book has nothing to do with rural mountain springs! The plot diverges from the Broadway musical. Although there are crimes in the book, it is not Sadistic like the musical.

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  • Sammie
  • 26-05-2021

Excellent

A spectacular performance by Billy Howle
Of a classic novel. Thoroughly enjoyed this book although it was longer than I usually like

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-05-2021

Woman in White

Everything about this story and the Audible production of it is incredibly good! It is long but with that length it completely satisfies all possible futures most interestingly and satisfyingly. I will easily remember it: it is quite unique.

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  • R. Hunter
  • 24-02-2021

I've started this one before

Now I wonder why I didn't finish it. I'll be sure to keep looking for more work like this one. Very good.

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  • Deirdre whelan
  • 06-04-2020

A delight.

This for me was brilliant from be beginning to end.
Loved it.
A delight for sure.

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  • Lauren
  • 23-04-2020

okay

love the use of the english language but story was predictable and hard going. long winded.

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  • Simon4
  • 27-12-2020

Outstanding narration!

The Woman in White is a brilliantly plotted thriller, and Billy Howle’s narration brings it brilliantly to life: it felt not a minute too long; and the (to me) familiar plot felt newly fresh. Please, Audible, commission Billy Howle to read The Moonstone and Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend!

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  • debbie williams
  • 08-07-2020

loved at school and really enjoyed reading again

the reading of this story I found easy to listen too. they was a good level of different voices for the characters. even though two of the main characters were female and the book is read by a male, it was not an issue. the story moves along well and is covered by the various characters throughout the book. it portrays well how women were treated years ago, and the consequences of fighting back. the book is so much better than the recent tv series and I would highly recommend.

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  • Mike
  • 30-04-2020

Well known story very well read

I have never read this story but had heard of it. The reading by Billie Howle really brought it to life.
A great story written a long time ago when things were different. The old times are brought to life.

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  • CHRIS
  • 11-04-2020

Excellent book

I've read and listened to it about 4 times now and never grow tired of it...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2021

Compelling story

A suspenseful listen, couldn’t wait to finish it whilst at the same time didn’t want the story to end.

This is one of those books a film or TV miniseries would fail to do justice.

Billy Howle’s narration is great and he captures the character of Mr Fairlie perfectly. I wasn’t sure initially about his narration but gave it a chance and really pleased I did. Fantastic actor-well done!

There is nothing about this story or narration I didn’t enjoy. If you’re a fan of longer Dicken’s type novels then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this.

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  • Penny W.
  • 01-06-2020

Redefines “drawn out”

I really struggled and I read plenty of long books. It hits every period cliche of unnecessary faff. Theoretically this book was right up my street but I felt pure relief when it finally finished.

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