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The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)

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1. 00 – Prologue
2. 01 – First Period: Chapter I
3. 02 – First Period: Chapter II
4. 03 – First Period: Chapter III
5. 04 – First Period: Chapter IV
6. 05 – First Period: Chapter V
7. 06 – First Period: Chapter VI
8. 07 – First Period: Chapter VII
9. 08 – First Period: Chapter VIII
10. 09 – First Period: Chapter IX
11. 10 – First Period: Chapter X
12. 11 – First Period: Chapter XI
13. 12 – First Period: Chapter XII
14. 13 – First Period: Chapter XIII
15. 14 – First Period: Chapter XIV
16. 15 – First Period: Chapter XV
17. 16 – First Period: Chapter XVI
18. 17 – First Period: Chapter XVII
19. 18 – First Period: Chapter XVIII
20. 19 – First Period: Chapter IXX
21. 20 – First Period: Chapter XX
22. 21 – First Period: Chapter XXI
23. 22 – First Period: Chapter XXII
24. 23 – First Period: Chapter XXIII
25. 24 – Second Period: 1st Narrative: Chapter I
26. 25 – Second Period: 1st Narrative: Chapter II
27. 26 – Second Period: 1st Narrative: Chapter III
28. 27 – Second Period: 1st Narrative: Chapter IV
29. 28 – Second Period: 1st Narrative: Chapter V
30. 29 – Second Period: 1st Narrative: Chapters VI-VII
31. 30 – Second Period: 1st Narrative: Chapter VIII
32. 31 – Second Period: 2nd Narrative: Chapter I
33. 32 – Second Period: 2nd Narrative: Chapters II-III
34. 33 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapters I-II
35. 34 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter III
36. 35 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter IV
37. 36 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter V
38. 37 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter VI
39. 38 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter VII
40. 39 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter VIII
41. 40 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter IX
42. 41 – Second Period: 3rd Narrative: Chapter X
43. 42 – Second Period: 4th Narrative: Chapter I
44. 43 – Second Period: 4th Narrative: Chapter II
45. 44 – Second Period: 4th Narrative: Chapter III
46. 45 – Second Period: 5th Narrative
47. 46 – Second Period: 6th Narrative
48. 47 – Second Period: 7th-8th Narratives; Epilogue

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Summary

A young woman who inherits a beautiful diamond known as The Moonstone on her eighteenth birthday becomes the center of this mystery story. The diamond is a gift from an uncle who once served as an army officer in British India. She proudly wears the jewel on her dress at her birthday party that night. The precious stone has a dark and sinister history, which will have a terrible impact on her life and the lives of those around her. You're about to read what's been termed the very first real detective story in the English language. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is the book which is deemed to have set many of the traditions for the generic detective story. Elements like murder in an English country house, plenty of suspects, a famous detective who is called in to solve the crime, a complicated motive and a final twist in the tale as the perpetrator is revealed. The Moonstone was serialized in 1868 in Charles Dickens' magazine All The Year Round. William Wilkie Collins was an aspiring law student when he first met the great Charles Dickens. Encouraged by the famous author, Collins began to contribute short stories and longer novels to Dickens' magazines. The two became good friends and often coauthored many pieces in these magazines, read, discussed and traveled together and shared a great literary and personal friendship. However, by the time The Moonstone was written, Collins was suffering from serious ill-health and became addicted to opium, which he began taking to get relief from excruciating pain. The Moonstone was actually a break from the kind of stories Collins had written to that point. The Victorian “sensation” novel genre was all the rage in England at the time, but with The Moonstone, the focus began to shift to mystery, crime and detection. The effects of colonization, looting of local treasures and oppression of the natives are all underlying themes in The Moonstone. As a forerunner of the great traditions of detective fiction, The Moonstone is a gripping, interesting and fascinating read for whodunit fans of all ages.

Reviews

james millward

- the moonstone

Great story but too many narrators are being used in this production. its very hard to keep pace with the amount of different voices...i had to give up the story on the seecond period because the russian ladies accent was just too strong and unintelligible for the story to be comfortably listened to. great shame

dg

An extremely long book, but very interesting. I don't recall any reader that was so bad I couldn't continue listening. I thought maybe the accent caused some of the words to be mispronounced.

Sherry

- Loved this book!

Long book but I loved it! Moving on to Robinson Crusoe....smile! The book is told by different characters so the various narrators reflect that -some are better than others but overall it is a wonderful story -great detective stuff, humor, romance, and insight into English life in that era, and how much is still the same today! Loved it!

Carla B

The first part is well read. In the second part, a non-native speaker takes over. Too many pronunciation mistakes and a very heavy accent, so I had to quit at the beginning of the second part.

Part 24 - so many mistakes in pronunciation!!! it was real torture to listen to!

Susan Joyce

The readers who are not native english speakers.