Extended Audio Sample

Download The Moonstone Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Moonstone Audiobook, by Wilkie Collins Click for printable size audiobook cover
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: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400189441
Regular Price: $23.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Called “the first and greatest of English detective novels” by T. S. Eliot, Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone is a masterpiece of suspense.

A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth. When the Moonstone disappears, the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted.

Witnesses, suspects, and detectives each narrate the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid, the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, and the drug-addicted scientist—each speculate on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives together.

Download and start listening now!

beqd

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katya Epstein | 2/16/2014

    " I loves me some 19th-century British mystery, so I ate this up at first. But I found it started to drag about halfway through (when it first switches narrators). Collins seemed to feel the need to spell everything out in painstakingly slow detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/13/2014

    " I had to start reading this book three times but I did end up liking it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/12/2014

    " 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 Emily | 2/12/2014

    " This book was great! Considering this was the first English detective novel, it reads so smoothly and really keeps you guessing. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharman Wilson | 2/5/2014

    " What an engaging book! I really enjoyed the unique way the story was told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/4/2014

    " Re-reading for the Deschutes Public Library Classics book discussion group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noemi proietti | 2/4/2014

    " As T.S.Eliot said "the best of modern English detective novels". Full of suspence and mystery. I love it........... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Loveland | 2/3/2014

    " A fun and intriguing read. I love detective novels and this is first and definitely one of the best! "

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

    " Loved this, and I see it's been a while since I updated. As a fan of Christie and Stout, a "new" mystery was welcome (even if it did predate the aforementioned). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/28/2014

    " a bit too much for me...I could only read 5 pages at a time before I was exhausted from reading. I like old literature, but this one wasn't for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/25/2014

    " T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels'. T.S. Eliot has never been a favorite, but I must totally agree with his assessment of the Moonstone. I loved this book! I was not interested in the crime/criminal so much as the attitudes, social castes, overwhelming prejudices, and disguised passions. The story went on an on, but much of it was amusing, and totally captured by attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Wolverton | 1/23/2014

    " I'd read parts of this before, but I don't remember it being this funny. Loved the narratives by Betteredge and Clack just for their sheer lunacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Byrd | 1/21/2014

    " A fun, and definitely underrated, classic! The mystery narrative is entertaining enough that I can forgive one of those implausible-science plot twists that were frequent back then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Silva | 1/21/2014

    " This was very fun indeed~! I am not generally into the detective type mysteries, but had heard that this one kept it light and fun and was very surprised at the way the book moved along. The mystery really became quite engrossing and you felt apart of it as it panned out. I loved it! I listened to this on Audio and the reader was also fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/20/2014

    " Better than Dickens.... the first mystery thriller? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " Wilkie Collins, a contemporary of Charles Dickens, has written a wonderful mystery. The Moonstone, a rare yellow diamond, journeys from India through Europe something sinister following in its wake. We first encounter this beautiful gem at birthday party. Rachel is enamored of her gift and quite beside herself the next morning to find it stolen. Who stole the Moonstone? Was it someone in the house? Who are the mysterious Indians? This is a wonderful story! I wish I could have given it more than 5 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/18/2014

    " Written by a protege of Charles Dickens and said to the first mystery novel in the English language, The Moonstone is told from the differing perspectives of seven characters. Many of these are unforgettable, especially Collin's rose-cultivating detective, Sergeant Cuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/18/2014

    " Not really a fan of the first mystery novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nessíma Tavariel | 1/17/2014

    " 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 Derek Dittner | 1/16/2014

    " character development was excellent, as was the multiple perspectives of the various narrators. Not suspenseful and I would have liked more detail on the history of the gem and the culture; there wasnt much to the "curse". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Olsen | 1/14/2014

    " I picked this up to remind myself of the origins of the cursed diamond-- and got drawn right back into reading the whole novel again. It's an impressive feat of suspense, with all the usual Victorian/Collinsesque trappings of ominous foreigners, exotic back stories, damsels in distress, thwarted romance, and so on. But best of all it has some of Collins's most entertaining narrators. Gabriel Betteredge, who introduces the multiple narratives, is a wonderfully comic yet reliable narrator. His idiosyncrasies (the religion of Robinson Crusoe!) are clever and creative. And then Collins goes on to create equally memorable voices for the perfectly named Miss Clack and Mr Bruff. If Ezra Jennings's narrative at the end is a little too maudlin, Rosanna Spearman's interpolated letters give her real poignancy and pathos. All in all, a book not to be missed for sheer creativity in characters and plot as well as craft in storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alnoory. | 1/12/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tana | 1/10/2014

    " 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. "

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

    " Fascinating story and marvelous characters! Loved it all through, (although some people may have thought it boring and drawn-out.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/4/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/3/2014

    " "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). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Vanstone | 12/31/2013

    " Went on a bit and I found it a bit tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda Fagandini | 12/31/2013

    " Another gem, do try it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/30/2013

    " Not for everyone, but if you have the time and interest in Jane Austen type writing without the romance, than this is for you. Much slower than contemporary mysteries, but story builds well and the characters are unique and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ä’na | 12/24/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/23/2013

    " a classic detective novel, loved the different points of view that presented different opinions on different characters that made you keep guessing as who-dunnit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 12/19/2013

    " Would probably give 2.5 if could. The first part was interesting. I felt it dragged in the middle. The last part picked up again some but I found almost silly. Wanted to read it for it's historical impact on crime fiction but I got impatient with the verbose language and extreme detail in parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 12/16/2013

    " This was the first detective novel written and by far probably one of the best Narratives I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 12/14/2013

    " 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 Judy | 12/13/2013

    " This is a charming English mystery story told in the voices of some of the participants. I especially enjoyed Mr. Betteredge, the head of the servants. I liked it that he could find the answer to anything by reading Robinson Crusoe. It's a fun twist on appealing to the Bible for answers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/10/2013

    " T.S. Elliot describes this as the first/longest/best of English detective stories. First published in 1868, I instantly fell in love with this story and the characters. A great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 11/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 11/28/2013

    " I listened to it and it was delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/27/2013

    " Such a fun mystery. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 11/18/2013

    " I liked this more than I expected. Early version of a mystery. The setting was like a costume drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alleyheidi | 10/30/2013

    " I am working on this one. I finished! It seemed to take forever, but I loved reading it. Not the kind of book to read in an afternoon, but one that will help you recall all of your vocabulary words! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/10/2013

    " The writing resembled Dickens style, but once I made it through the elaborate setup of the story, i was really caught up in the interaction of the characters and trying to figure out the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 10/3/2013

    " I loved this book! The only reason I didn't give it five stars is the totally unbelievable description of how they "proved" one character's innocence. Even though it's long and wordy, the structure of telling it through several (mostly peripheral) characters' viewpoints kept me involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Tougaw | 9/28/2013

    " You need laudanum and trances to solve a crime in this suspense novel about a mysterious jewel from the East. It helps to have some shivering sand in the environs too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 9/23/2013

    " I love Wilkie Colins. Great story with lots of twists and turns. Each character is well developed and most get the opportunity to tell the tale as they saw or heard it. A true classic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 9/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 9/20/2013

    " This was the first detective novel written and by far probably one of the best Narratives I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Lowe | 9/8/2013

    " Enjoyed the first half of the book much more than the second half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/18/2013

    " A good old-fashioned mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paridhi | 7/28/2013

    " It started as a very interesting novel, with a good story plot and execution but half way through the novel, I started feeling that the author really stretched the mystery a little too much so that for me it became extremely uninteresting and not worth knowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Melville | 6/12/2013

    " Really good, unusual style, 1st person from 5 different characters carrying the storey forward when the other characters are restrained geographically. Old fashioned style (1868) but well written and absorbing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 5/17/2013

    " Once I learned that it was written as a series of magazine articles, it made sense. But because of that, while reading it, it seemed repetitive and slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thilardiel | 4/22/2013

    " It was a wonderful mystery story. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/10/2013

    " This is certainly the oldest detective novel I've read, and it's definitely the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 4/7/2013

    " A pilfered, huge yellow diamond; an ancient Hindu curse on the perpetrator; an English country home; butlers, servants, and a famous Scotland Yard sergeant-detective -- what's not to like? Again, thanks to my wife for recommending another Wilkie Collins tome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/9/2013

    " Not for everyone, but if you have the time and interest in Jane Austen type writing without the romance, than this is for you. Much slower than contemporary mysteries, but story builds well and the characters are unique and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 1/17/2013

    " Wonderful book - thought to be the first detective novel in the English language, and it proves to be a pretty epic one at that. With surprising twists and incredibly vivid characters it's well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara S | 12/18/2012

    " Loved it! Old-style mystery; pretty good read. Quick, though it was 500 pages. My take some people some effort to continue reading, but I didn't have trouble with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa Heath | 12/11/2012

    " Best book ever. Thousand year old Hindu plot, unrequited love, opium, quicksand, a mysterious suicide and a diamond the size of an egg. What's not to love? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/11/2012

    " Oh Dear.....were women really, really so timid and tame? Did men think really really think of women in the way of these 19th century books? I could NEVER have survived, lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Villena | 12/6/2012

    " SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!!! By far, the most genius piece of writing I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bjorn | 8/21/2012

    " Considered to be the first detective novel written. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mthompson | 7/8/2012

    " One of my favorites of all time--I think I've read it 4x now. Just a good, keeps-you-guessing Victorian mystery novel. Wilkie Collins did a great job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Heather | 6/16/2012

    " I can appreciate why this was so popular at the time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Hyde | 4/12/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 4/6/2012

    " One of the earliest mystery/detective novels and one of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/12/2012

    " I had to start reading this book three times but I did end up liking it. "

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

    " Called the first modern detective novel. Good reading. Compelling plot and along the way you meet some really interesting characters. Recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/6/2012

    " 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 Sharon | 12/19/2011

    " Probably the first mystery novel ever written. I liked the setting of old England, the pace of the book, and the page turning plot. It's a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oloniniyi | 11/29/2011

    " Absolutely fantastic. The characterization, the superb narrators, and the limpid writing style makes for a wonderful novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana Jarrett | 10/3/2011

    " 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 Mark | 9/11/2011

    " Re-reading for the Deschutes Public Library Classics book discussion group. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skeptical | 8/30/2011

    " I was sorely let down by the ending. ll this build up and then the explanation is a total letdown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/17/2011

    " This book was great! Considering this was the first English detective novel, it reads so smoothly and really keeps you guessing. Loved it! "

  • 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!). "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.