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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilkie Collins Narrator: Michael Pennington, Terence Hard Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, adapted for listening and available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. This abridged audio version is read for your enjoyment by Michael Pennington and Terence Hard.

Here was our quiet English house suddenly invaded by a devilish Indian Diamond - bringing after it a conspiracy of living rogues, set loose on us by the vengeance of a dead man

When Rachel Verinder's birthday present, the Moonstone - a large Indian diamond - is stolen at her party, suspicion and the diamond's mysterious curse seem set to ruin everyone and everything she loves. Only Sergeant Cuff's famous detective skills offer any hope of peace and a future for them all.

The intricate plot and modern technique of multiple narrators made Wilkie Collins' 1868 work a huge success in the Victorian sensation genre. With a reconstruction of the crime, red herrings, and a 'locked-room' puzzle, The Moonstone was also a major precursor of the modern mystery novel.

Part of a collection of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives, the Penguin English Library series offers affordable, collectable, quality productions that are perfect for on-the-go listening.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Laiho | 2/20/2014

    " I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book overall but found that the way Collins used 11 different narrators made the book seem clumsy and awkward. It was a fairly good story but I wish there had been 100 pages less, found the middle very tiresome to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 1/31/2014

    " Long read but I liked it. "

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

    " There were parts that were slightly predictable, but that is only because this is one of the first detective novels ever written, and started the trend. Overall, I thought this book was very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/21/2014

    " Charming. It's like Agatha Christie meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 1/12/2014

    " Rather tough sledding on this. Dickens' characters and storylines are much more richly drawn and told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivan | 1/9/2014

    " As someone who has a medium-high level of english the victorian times and the way the people talk is like a great pain in my ass. For the rest, the story was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 12/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 12/3/2013

    " 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 Lois | 11/20/2013

    " Wilkie Collins - a master story teller; it's a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 10/20/2013

    " A respected and often imitated classic that to my modern taste dragged on and on, but still had some exciting and suspenseful bits. Definitely worth checking out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Holmes | 8/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 8/14/2013

    " Loved this book. It had me guessing until the very end. It almost felt like the inspiration for "Clue." Several characters tell the story, and I loved the different personalities and styles of each. This will definitely go on my list of favorite classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ä’na | 7/26/2013

    " Can't just say my thougts into words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby | 3/9/2013

    " One of Collins' earliest mysteries. Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/28/2013

    " What a delightful yarn. Great story, great characters. I loved the narration from different viewpoints and I loved the language. Wonderful book and a wonderful view of serial-writing in that period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/25/2013

    " Surprised no one has turned me on to Collins before. Excellent page turner whodunnit. I particularly enjoyed the first part, narrated by the butler. He was very droll. Franklin's account got a bit boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 8/1/2012

    " It was a bit difficult to get into at first. The science of solving cases has changed quite a bit since the time of Wilkie Collins, but it was fun to see what limited means were available during the 1800s to solve mysteries. Overall, I liked the story and the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alnoory. | 1/5/2012

    " One of the best Victorian British novels I have ever read. Loved every part of the mystery. Absolutely stunning and very enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/11/2011

    " This book is considered by some to be the first "detective" novel. Charles Dickens told his friend, Wilkie Collins, that he had launched a new genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evgeny | 6/21/2011

    " One of the first mystery novels. Also happens to be one of the most complicated mystery at that. Slow at times. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 Katie | 4/21/2011

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

  • 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) 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.