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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilkie Collins Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455177004
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This delightful tale of thwarted ambition and forbidden love follows the adventures and fortunes of an endearing young rogue, Frank Softly. Originally appearing serialized in Household Words in 1859, the rogue is one of Collins’ most richly comic creations.

Propelled into society by his ever-hopeful father, Frank is introduced to a variety of professions in order to make his fortune. Not industrious by nature, Frank finds working life a challenge, and by his twenty-fifth birthday, he has failed in medicine, portrait-painting, caricaturing, and even forgery. Disenchanted with life, he despairs of ever finding something to commit to—until he meets Alicia Dulcifer and her inexplicably wealthy father.

Proffering his own take on picaresque storytelling—and with many a grain of truth for twentysomethings today—this is Wilkie Collins at his entertaining best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A neglected gem.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leesa | 12/14/2013

    " Kind of boring so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manek | 11/23/2013

    " I got interested in Wilkie Collins after reading Drood, by Dan Simmons. Collins is the narrator of that book, which is about Dickens's last few years of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/31/2013

    " This novella lacks the charm of Collins' other books, but it's still a fun and unique read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/22/2013

    " I love Wilkie Collins, I actually like his writing more than Dickens, this was the third book I read of Wilkies and it wasn't fantastic but it was good he always makes me laugh, and this in particular is entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amcmahan | 2/23/2013

    " It was a quick, humorous read. Would be a perfect book to read at the airport while waiting for a connecting flight. Wilke Collins has such a wit and his turn of words are delightful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 2/12/2012

    " Not one of Collins's best, but an entertaining, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2012

    " What a delightful little story! Mr. Frank Softly has so much personality, it's hard to believe that he didn't write these memoirs himself. I look forward to meeting Wilkie one day and thanking him for so much quality entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Wetzel | 7/16/2011

    " Wilkie Collins' Rogue, Frank Softly, is an interesting, fun and quite likeable character. I so enjoy Wilkie Collins' style. He gives some of his characters unusual, comical names. His plots have intricate twists and remind me more of modern-day writers. It is difficult to put his books down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 7/8/2010

    " Not one of Wilkie Collins' best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/13/2010

    " Not Wilkie's best, but a cute, short read. Doesn't have the intrigue that many Collins books do; more of a cheerful, comic romp, which I appreciated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zan | 5/5/2009

    " Good craic. Quick, simple, silly fun. It was delightful to see a different side to Collins than the Woman in White writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/29/2007

    " Not as good as The Woman in White, but also a good book. It has humor and is a quick read. I think that it could have been better with more character development, but it's not bad. I just never really got to like any of the characters or to sympathize with them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Melville | 5/12/2007

    " Really bright and cheery. Quite different from other Wilkie Collins books I have read. Very enjoyable. "

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About the Author
Author Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins (1824–1889) is best known for his novels The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale, and The Moonstone, which has been called the finest detective story ever written. A number of his works were collaborations with his close friend, Charles Dickens.

About the Narrator

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.