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AudioFile, February 2015

Novels written from multiple points of view pose a particular challenge for the audiobook format; the listener must easily differentiate between the numerous voices. Collins boldly presents nearly a dozen character voices, and the narrators in this production masterfully perform their parts. Even those unfamiliar with the story can track its progress through the narrators, all of whom contribute unique performances. Those not used to British diction may experience occasional difficulty with Ronald Pickup’s Gabriel Betteridge, but Fenella Woolgar’s Drusilla Clack is delightfully humorous and expressive, and Jamie Parker’s narration is convincingly commanding, if a bit snide, as detective Franklin Blake. © 2015 AudioFile



Alice Berger
Bergers Book Reviews, December 2014

While The Moonstone is considered the first English detective story, there is so much more to this tale than solving the crime. The narrators share their own opinions and thoughts on the theft, as well as their personal philosophies of life. This audio version is more like listening to them sharing their story over a cup of tea, and the cast has done a magnificent job of bringing the novel to life. This is no stuffy old classic, and I laughed out loud on several occasions at the humorous commentary. I highly recommend this audio book for all who love a great story. © 2014 Bergers Book Reviews Read complete review



Alide Kohlhaas
The Seniors Review, December 2014

The Moonstone, generally known as the first English language detective story, is one of those books most of us devoured in our youth. First published in serial form in 1868, it brought instant fame to Wilkie Collins overseas as well as on the continent. Now Naxos has given it an excellent treatment as an audiobook. Nine different actors take on the task to bring alive this extraordinary tale of a missing yellow diamond brought to England from India in the late 1790s. Even The Yard’s most famous detective, Sergeant Cuff, has failed to solve the mystery of its disappearance. Yet, in the end, the mystery is solved, just how is not for me to tell. This is one of those great novels of the past that is worth revisiting or getting to know for the first time. © 2014 The Seniors Review





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