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Publisher's Summary

Appearing in 1854, Hide and Seek was Wilkie Collins’s third published novel. At the centre of the plot is the mystery surrounding a deaf and dumb girl known as Madonna, whom the painter Valentine Blyth rescues from her life as a circus performer. But it is only when Blyth’s friend Zack Thorpe rebels against his disciplinarian father and falls into bad company that the secret of Madonna is revealed.

Combining charm and excitement, Hide and Seek is presented in two halves: the first is leisurely and discursive while the second picks up the pace, foreshadowing Collins’s later sensational fiction.

Hide and Seek is persuasively delivered by Nicholas Boulton, who has read several of Collins’s novels, including No Name, Armadale, The Dead Secret, and Man and Wife.

Public Domain (P)2022 Naxos AudioBooks UK Ltd.

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Wilkie learning his craft

As usual, Nicholas Boulton is an absolute gem of a narrator. And Wilkie’s flow of adjectives and painting a picture are already there, but the story is super boring for the first 2/3 and only gets mildly better by the end. I’m a huge fan of 19th century novels (and Wilkie Collins in particular), but this one isn’t worth it. Sorry to say.

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Recommended to fans of Victorian literature

This is one of Collins’s early novels, published several years before The Woman in White. The story centers around a young deaf and dumb woman and those who seek to discover—or to conceal—her parentage. Maybe not quite as impressive as the author’s novels of the 1860’s, but still a good tale. Nicholas Boulton’s reading, as usual, is first-class.

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  • 05-07-22

Good Story Excellently Narated

This is the third Wilkie Collins novel I have listened to and I have enjoyed them all.

As with the other two, there is a slowish build-up and laying out of the background leading on to an interesting storyline with some twists and turns along the way.

The narrator is one of the best I have heard on Audible and I have been a member for several years. His range of voices and accents is superb. If I could, I would give the narration an extra star.

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  • T. Santos
  • 04-17-22

Wonderful Wilkie Collins

Loved this! Firstly the narration was excellent which can make or break a story. But the story was delightful, fun, silly and full of twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Drosselmeyer
  • 02-17-22

More Collins please

It looks like Naxos is recording the complete novels of Wilkie Collins. I certainly hope so if the reader is Nicholas Boulton whose characterisations are a pure delight!

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