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by | Read by Nigel Anthony & Susan Jameson

Classics • 6 hrs. • Abridged • © (1910)

Hugely popular in its time, Collins's mystery-suspense novel is now largely forgotten. Its decline has been due partly to an extravagantly intricate plot (one improved by abridgment) and partly to an equally convoluted structure. The story is told through the accounts of several characters in succession. Because the accounts contain dialogue, listeners are treated to the unusual spectacle of hearing every character filtered through each of the others. Such complexity would have overwhelmed anything less than virtuoso performances. Fortunately, both Nigel Anthony and Susan Jameson rise to the occasion. Listeners will be excused in mistaking this for a full-cast dramatization, so expertly distinguished is the multitude of voices within voices. S.J.L. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB 96]



Retail pak • Penguin Audiobooks • 1995

CS ISBN 0140860614 $23.95 • Four cassettes

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