Man and Wife (unabridged)

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Wilkie Collins

Man and Wife

Read by Nicholas Boulton


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 towards 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.

  • Running Time: 23 h 00 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-373-7
    Cat. no.:NA0509
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Thomas Goose
    Released:August 21
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Narrator Nicholas Boulton delivers a solid performance of Wilkie Collins’s novel, which casts light on the complicated marriage laws of 19th-century Scotland. As a villainous plotter tries to ensnare two victims in a trap to free himself from responsibility, their friends seek the truth. Collins provides a diverse cast of characters whom Boulton expertly portrays with vocal characterizations. From the soft cadence of young Blanche to the resonant tone of Geoffrey Delamayn, Boulton captures each character. In his portrayal of Sir Patrick Lundie, an eccentric Scottish bachelor and lawyer, Boulton illuminates the old gentleman’s wit and kindly demeanor. This audiobook promises an intricate web of intrigue, and Boulton’s talented narration makes it enjoyable each step of the way.

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