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Man and Wife

By: Wilkie Collins
Narrated by: Nicolas Boulton
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Publisher's Summary

Published 10 years after Collins’s most popular novel The Woman in White, Man and Wife centres on the confused and inequitable marriage laws of 19th-century Britain, reflecting the author’s own antipathy toward the institution. The plot follows the fortunes of a woman who, committed to marriage with one man, comes to believe that she may have inadvertently married his friend, according to the archaic laws of Scotland and Ireland. Collins shows himself to be a masterly storyteller, seamlessly moving the action from a country house to a suburb of London, and into a world of deceit and murder.

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Intricate plot, good dialogue, desperately needed an editor

This is a fascinating piece of 19 century literature with terrific dialogue and a bizarre mixture of residual misogyny and criticism of manners and marital laws throughout the United Kingdom. The plot is, shall we say, intricate, at times straining credulity. The book would’ve been significantly improved by an aggressive editor who could have trimmed some of the unnecessary subplots and somewhat repetitious meanderings. Did we really need to learn about the owls at the summer house? The performance is Excellent, with distinct voicing

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  • 07-01-21

Flawless narration

This was an outstanding narrative performance, but I found the story a bit tedious and too long. It certainly highlighted the absurdities of archaic Scottish and Irish marital laws. I would recommend this to anyone who is a devoted fan of the narrator or the author, but I think it would try the patience of a casual listener.

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Disappointing story, fabulous narration

As usual, Nicholas Boulton is a fantastic narrator. His voices and acting skills are a delight. The story isn’t nearly as good as Collins’ most famous novels. Somewhat boring, blatantly sexist and more judgemental than usual. But not the WORST novel. Mildly distracting with a few moments of suspense.

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  • Edina
  • 12-27-21

excellent in every way

An exciting tale by a great writer amazingly well read. Almost as fascinating as The Moonstone.

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  • Drosselmeyer
  • 10-07-21

Another great reading of lesser known Wilkie Collins

Masterful performance by Nicholas Boulton who clearly has fun voicing many of the characters in this book. And so good to see more Wilkie Collins, following on from last year’s publication of Armadale and No Name.

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  • mrs m.
  • 09-28-22

Great story!

I came upon this book by chance. It was a brilliant tale full of suspense and intrigue. I loved it! Also Brilliant narration!

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  • SarahJLewis2014
  • 09-12-22

Superb!

This is undoubtedly one of those books which I would struggle to read a paper copy. It's long and here are plenty of sections unnecessary to the story. But when one is listening to the audio version, they are just delightful, and I wouldn't remove a word of it. The narration was very enjoyable and the story well structured and engaging. I'm very glad I found this!

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  • Fraser
  • 09-03-22

A thrilling tale, expertly performed

As usual with Collins, the plot stretches credibility but Nicolas Boulton's performance is superb and certainly held my attention. His reading of "Lady Lundie" as the quavering duchess-type is almost comical, very appropriate for a character who is faintly ridiculous.

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  • F Milner
  • 08-08-22

Another classic from Wilkie Collins

Brilliant twists & turns as ever providing intrigue to the last.
Brilliantly narrated by Nicholas Boulton, the master of different voices & accents.

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  • Barbara Murray
  • 06-21-22

a slow starter

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  • (elizabeth)ann donnelly
  • 05-04-22

Shear delight

This is enjoyable beautifully written and well narrated in fact a sheer delight for all Wilkie Collins fans and a great start for those who have never read any of his books. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Angela
  • 04-18-22

Excellent Narration

An interesting story giving a view into past ideas about marriage, including how the laws varied in Ireland, England and Scotland.

I must make special mention of the narrator who did a fantastic job throughout, especially with the Scottish accents (I am a Scot myself). He got the “posh Scottish” accent perfectly.