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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,716 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilkie Collins Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again, and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel's household is above suspicion.

Hailed by T. S. Eliot as the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels, The Moonstone is a marvellously taut and intricate tale of mystery, in which facts and memory can prove treacherous, and not everyone is as they first appear.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Brien | 2/17/2014

    " This book is mentioned in another book, so I thought I would give it a try. I can't remember why I stopped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Hyde | 2/14/2014

    " I loved this book from the first page to the last! It is just pure fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tory | 2/12/2014

    " lovely old classic. One of the first mystery books written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/10/2014

    " Reportedly one of the first novels written. It certainly is memorable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jameelah L | 1/30/2014

    " This is an English novel said to be the 1st detective novel in the ENGLISH HISTORIES OF Books but of-course others have said Sherlock Holmes was but it was not. It is all about a girl inheriting 4 her 18th birthday an indian diamond from her uncle who served in india and she wears it to her party for everyone to see even Indian jugglers who were brought in to.entertain and this diamond has religious value and extreme value of its own and later on the stone was stolen which is when the mystery starts and the stone is called wwell the>>MOONSTONE its very highly recommendable if u like genres of mystery and anguish and if u dont mind holding ur breath in suspension "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tallulah | 1/10/2014

    " I read this book some time ago and would definately recommend it to all. So, it is not a fast paced book but I just thought it was so well written and kept me enthralled all the way through. I loved the Woman in White by the same author but to me this is the better of the two books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adithya | 1/9/2014

    " An amazing mystery novel. Despite the length, it never feels boring but some parts of the second period feel rather vague. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joella | 1/8/2014

    " It's pretty obvious that this is the first mystery novel written, but it is still a very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aakanksha Singh | 12/16/2013

    " Possibly the first and the longest detective novel! But a good read nonetheless! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Taylor | 11/25/2013

    " Much wittier, but much longer, than I expected. I enjoyed the changing viewpoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Alice | 11/6/2013

    " a lot of fun! Two of my favorite entertainments: a British country detective story, and a Victorian novel. Peopled with exotic internationals and the British aristocracy. Our young heroine is given the Moonstone; problem is that a lot of other people want it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heleen | 11/4/2013

    " This book is a little slow to get going, but I ultimately enjoyed it. It's like Sherlock Holmes with all the trappings you would expect from a Victorian novel: swooning ladies, grumbling detectives, comic-relief from the servants, English countryside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 6/25/2013

    " Classic page-turner. The original detective fiction and interesting to see how little deviation there's been from the formula since. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilee | 5/11/2013

    " I liked this book. As one of the forerunners of detective fiction, it does have the "whodunit" vibe, but at the same time, it's more than that. I also preferred the female protagonist (Rachel Verinder) to either Marian Halcombe or Laura Fairlie (from Collins' earlier work, Woman in White). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tana | 5/2/2013

    " I'd give this book more of a 2 and 1/2 stars. It's typical gothic novel. Interesting moments, lots and LOTS of mindless details, but overall an okay crime/suspense novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabelle | 4/7/2013

    " The book was fairly thorough--some may call it long-winded. However, I really enjoyed the story line. It threw me for a loop when I found out the real culprit--what I believe a real mystery novel should do. A very interesting and absorbing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Wright | 3/17/2013

    " What can you say. Started a genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 3/8/2013

    " I remember reading this, and not liking it too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana Jarrett | 1/26/2013

    " Great detective/mystery book. I couldn't lay it down very long before I had to know what happened next. Loved the style it was written in too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattij | 7/20/2012

    " Loved it...a great mystery of a young girl that is given the Moonstone as a gift, which then mysteriously disappears by the end of the evening. By the author of THE WOMAN IN WHITE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 7/8/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book - plenty of plot twists and changes in narrator kept my interest. Towards the end, I couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatcheeks | 6/17/2012

    " Definitely not a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri Jewel | 7/8/2011

    " For some reason I couldn't put this book down. Collins just has a way with words and I can see why this is a classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 5/14/2011

    " THE great detective story and with great humor, to boot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 4/30/2011

    " Very intriguing. A bit long, but still very good. Ending is a bit abrupt, but first part is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 4/21/2011

    " I can't believe I have never read this book before now! I thought the book and story were great. I really enjoyed reading it. I did think that it was a bit long in parts--The ending especially. It could have been wrapped up much sooner than it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heleen | 4/20/2011

    " This book is a little slow to get going, but I ultimately enjoyed it. It's like Sherlock Holmes with all the trappings you would expect from a Victorian novel: swooning ladies, grumbling detectives, comic-relief from the servants, English countryside. "

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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

Steven Pacey’s extensive work in the West End includes the role of Alec in Dolly West’s Kitchen, Stanley in The Birthday Party, Hamish in Things We Do for Love, and Bertie Wooster in By Jeeves—for which he earned an Olivier Award nomination. He was also directed by Harold Pinter in his successful productions of Celebration and The Room. Pacey has appeared in numerous television roles, including Tarrant in Blake’s 7, and has made over three hundred radio broadcasts.