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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilkie Collins Narrator: Clive Swift, Chris Larkin Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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When Rachel Verinder inherits the Moonstone, a huge and priceless diamond, her delight turns to dismay when the gem disappears. But this is no ordinary theft. Sergeant Cuff of Scotland Yard is called in and immediately suspects an intricate plot. However, not even his powers of detection can penetrate fully the mysteries surrounding the diamond. And as we listen to each character tell their version of the events, layer upon layer of drama and suspense builds to the final and astonishing denouement of the first, and most magnificent, English detective novel. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 2/16/2014

    " It starts a little slow but stick with it and you're in for a great mystery that weaves back and forth and leaves you guessing at the details even when you know the answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/5/2014

    " An early night with Wilkie Collins, love it! Different from The Woman in White, but very similar style. I love the language, the subtle humour, the clear imagery of a bygone era. I'm going to run out of Wilkie Collins books far too soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie Rember | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting in its historical context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/29/2014

    " This book has different sections written by different characters/eye witnesses, and I really like how each character came through in their portions. I also have to say that I suspected several different people as being the culprit at different times in the book, and one them ended up being the thief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 1/19/2014

    " Seems to have taken forever to read this but eventually finished it. Found it a bit slow to start and a little bit confusing on who was telling the tale.In the end it turned in to quite a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steena | 1/19/2014

    " This was a great book and a pretty great audio presentation of said book. James Langton was a great narrator, with distinct voices for each character. If I were to go back, I'd read it rather than get the audio book but I am not displeased by having listened. The audio book drags a bit because it is such a long tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/11/2014

    " "So the years pass, and repeat each other; so the same events revolve in the cycles of time. What will be the next adventures of the Moonstone? Who can tell!" (482). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 1/11/2014

    " Some say this is one of the first mystery novels, and that's probably why it's read, but it's a slog slog slog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/25/2013

    " Rating 4.5 if the site allowed. This was a very entertaining, at times even fascinating, book. I loved so many of the characters, especially, Mr. Betteredge and Mr. Cuff. Amazing that this book was published in 1868 and that it holds up so well to 2012. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 10/29/2013

    " One of the greatest novels I have ever read. Just divine. Or as Betteredge would say, "All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have." (Defoe). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Njwillott | 10/19/2013

    " I read this for our book group and enjoyed the first half; then I got really bogged down. The community reviews were all good and I thought I should finish it, but just not that interested, especially since our group has already discussed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 10/14/2013

    " This is one of the first English mystery stories ever written and it is an amazingly enjoyable read. It's very humorous and quite iconoclastic for its time. It is available for free as Kindle classic and I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Pellegrini | 10/4/2013

    " Really enjoying re-reading this one 25 years after the first time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kawther Abdallah | 3/4/2013

    " this is the first book i read by Mr. Collins and im impressed what an incredible writer he is! This book got me hooked from the beginning and ended with a suprising twist. I think im going to read The Woman in White next by Collins for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Larson | 9/1/2012

    " I think this would have been a much more enjoyable book if it was about half as long. Way too much padding. Still, Gabriel Betteredge with his Robinson Crusoe is a character worth reading all 472 pages for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 8/19/2012

    " I did not love this book. I had a hard time getting through it and felt like it was longer than it needed to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winifred Radigan | 8/13/2012

    " Why did I wait so long to read it? I loved the shifts in point of view in this epistolary novel. Each perspective revealed the character and shed light or obfuscated the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/31/2012

    " packed up most of my books and don't want to lose any from the library, so i'm reading this one borrowed from my dad. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nessíma Tavariel | 11/28/2011

    " Wow. I didn't actually get through this one. I struggled through the first half then finally gave up. It just didn't hook me at all. Perhaps I'll try it again someday, because it is, no doubt, a good book, but I'm putting this back on the shelf for now. :/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michellena | 6/29/2011

    " Interesting old mystery that kept me guessing and reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/19/2011

    " This book reads like a delicious Masterpiece Mystery Classic. It had wonderfully eccentric characters, a fascinating plot and almost no dead bodies. I had forgotten how good the classics can be. Thanks for the recommendation, Louise. "

  • 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 Richard | 5/12/2011

    " I found the mystery itself well designed, though eventually predictable. What I enjoyed most about this book was the way Wilkie Collins wrote from various perspectives, particularly those of aging servant Betteredge early on and altruistic Jennings toward the end. A fun read. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 4/22/2011

    " I read the Project Gutenberg version.

    Enjoyable. Very influential on later writers. "

  • 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 Katie | 4/21/2011

    " Anyone who appreciates a great mystery will enjoy this book. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 4/18/2011

    " This was a really awesome mystery and I preferred it to Collins' The Woman in White. I think it had a great combination of humor and uncertainty/tension. Such a fun read and the ending was very unexpected (at least, for me!). "

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About the Author
Author Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins (1824–1889) studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. Instead, he devoted his time to writing and 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. The Woman in White so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: “Author of The Woman in White.”