Hide and Seek (unabridged)

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Wilkie Collins

Hide and Seek

Read by Nicholas Boulton


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.

  • Running Time: 15 h 51 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-396-6
    Cat. no.:NA0532
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Timothy Brown
    Released:March 22
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As Wilkie Collins weaves a mystery centered on an orphaned child’s parentage, narrator Nicholas Boulton captures the sundry characters one by one. Young Mary is adopted by a kindhearted artist and his wife after her mother dies unnamed. No one imagines that the key to her past is a hair bracelet that has been locked away. Boulton’s cadence suits Collins’s prose. He is both versatile and precise in his characterizations. He captures the eccentric and mysterious American visitor, Grice, as convincingly as the likable and lackadaisical Englishman, Zack Thorpe. With natural ease in his narrating style, Boulton delivers a charming performance of Collins’s entertaining mystery.

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