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The story begins in 1846, at Combe-Raven in West Somersetshire, the country residence of the happy Vanstone family. When Andrew Vanstone is killed suddenly in an accident and his wife follows shortly thereafter, it is revealed that they were not married at the time of their daughters' births, making their daughters "Nobody's Children" in the eyes of English law and robbing them of their inheritance. Andrew Vanstone's elder brother Michael gleefully takes possession of his brother's fortune, leaving his nieces to make their own way in the world. Norah, the elder sister, accepts her misfortune gracefully, but the headstrong Magdalen is determined to have her revenge. Using her dramatic talent and assisted by wily swindler Captain Wragge, Magdalen plots to regain her rightful inheritance. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia) (29 hr 39 min)


00 - Preface


Read by SilverG

01 - 1st Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Bob Neufeld

02 - 1st Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Linda McDaniel

03 - 1st Scene, Chapter 3


Read by Linda McDaniel

04 - 1st Scene, Chapter 4


Read by Phil Griffiths

05 - 1st Scene, Chapter 5


Read by Dillon Stiles

06 - 1st Scene, Chapter 6


Read by Anna Simon

07 - 1st Scene, Chapter 7


Read by Magdalena

08 - 1st Scene, Chapter 8


Read by Magdalena

09 - 1st Scene, Chapter 9


Read by Hannah Skoonberg

10 - 1st Scene, Chapter 10


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

11 - 1st Scene, Chapter 11


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

12 - 1st Scene, Chapter 12


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

13 - 1st Scene, Chapter 13


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

14 - 1st Scene, Chapter 14


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

15 - 1st Scene, Chapter 15


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

16 - Between the Scenes (1st and 2nd)


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

17 - 2nd Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Dawn

18 - 2nd Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Dawn

19 - 2nd Scene, Chapter 3


Read by Dawn

20 - Between the Scenes (2nd and 3rd), part 1


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

21 - Between the Scenes (2nd and 3rd), part 2


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

22 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

23 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

24 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 3


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

25 - 3rd Scene, Chapter 4


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

26 - Between the Scenes (3rd and 4th)


Read by Phil Griffiths

27 - 4th Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Phil Griffiths

28 - 4th Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Phil Griffiths

29 - 4th Scene, Chapter 3


Read by Phil Griffiths

30 - 4th Scene, Chapter 4


Read by Phil Griffiths

31 - 4th Scene, Chapter 5


Read by Phil Griffiths

32 - 4th Scene, Chapter 6


Read by Phil Griffiths

33 - 4th Scene, Chapter 7


Read by Phil Griffiths

34 - 4th Scene, Chapter 8


Read by Phil Griffiths

35 - 4th Scene, Chapter 9


Read by Bob Neufeld

36 - 4th Scene, Chapter 10


Read by Phil Griffiths

37 - 4th Scene, Chapter 11


Read by Hannah Skoonberg

38 - 4th Scene, Chapter 12


Read by Gesine

39 - 4th Scene, Chapter 13


Read by Philippa

40 - 4th Scene, Chapter 14


Read by Phil Griffiths

41 - Between the Scenes (4th and 5th)


Read by Phil Griffiths

42 - 5th Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Jude Peel

43 - 5th Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Phil Griffiths

44 - 5th Scene, Chapter 3


Read by Wiebke

45 - Between the scenes (5th and 6th)


Read by Wiebke

46 - 6th Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Wiebke

47 - 6th Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Phil Griffiths

48 - Between the Scenes (6th and 7th)


Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

49 - 7th Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

50 - 7th Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

51 - 7th Scene, Chapter 3


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

52 - 7th Scene, Chapter 4, part 1


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

53 - 7th Scene, Chapter 4, part 2


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

54 - Between the Scenes (7th and last)


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

55 - Last Scene, Chapter 1


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

56 - Last Scene, Chapter 2


Read by Linda Lee Paquet

57 - Last Scene, Chapter 3


Read by Bob Neufeld

58 - Last Scene, Chapter 4


Read by Bob Neufeld


Wilkie nails it again!

(5 Sterne)

Yes, this is Wen I have a Wilkie's longest stories. But if he had left out one little sentence, One new lines or when little paragraph story would not have been the same. It was an excellent read. If you have read while key before you will love it. If you have never read Wilke you must meet this one! The readers were excellent. It was truly a page turner. At times I had to limit myself because I had other things I had to tend to. The story has so many twists and turns it just keeps you guessing what's going to happen next. I may have to listen to it again because I'm sure I missed things here and there along the way. Highly recommend that you read this book.

Long but interesting

(4,5 Sterne)

I enjoyed listening to this book and thought the group of readers did a great job. It's a long one but also an interesting study on how we respond to crisis or disappointment, as well as how anger can take one over. It reminded me of a Buddha quote, "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." And this story even has a little poison in it... :)


(4,5 Sterne)

Collins once again snatches happiness from tragedy, but he took an inordinately long time to do it. Too much of this long novel was spent in the company of cruddy people such as her cruel uncle, her deranged husband, Captain Wragge, and the housekeeper. The uncle and her husband may be excused for their miserable miserliness, but there is no excuse for the evil soul of that self-serving toady, LeCount. She is the worst of Collins' villains, and he fails to punish her. If this were my first exposure to this author, I might not have continued to the end, so depressing was the long duel between Wragge and LeCount.

sooo good

(5 Sterne)

It’s a very long book and I do think there was a lot of time spent with yucky people. That being said, I don’t think it would have been as hard to listen to some of the story if I had not been invested. I wanted her to win so badly! I loved Captain Wragge. Yes, he was a self serving scoundrel, but he had funny ways and cared for her in the end. I think the ending was one of the best I’ve ever read. The last few sentences were perfect. Love Wilkie Collins. Enjoy!

great readers

(5 Sterne)

I an fairly new to Wilkie Collins and I have not yet listened or read his most famous one ie read women in white or moonstone. This book is rather long but is interesting enough to keep you listening with its twists and turns; Two Of the biggest villains in literature in the captain and Lecount ; oh dear Mrs wragge - maybe Dickens wrote that bit as he helped Collins in his time of illness or addiction ; I almost cried listening to the last two chapters read by Bob nuefeld

(5 Sterne)

Maybe not one of Wilkie's best but it was a lot of fun to listen to anyway! If you know the author you know what you're in for: secrets and sudden deaths and sudden marriages and twists and turns and suspense and all the good stuff, with a great female protagonist of course. Beautifully read!

(1 Sterne)

I with various readers would not choose novels. books with short stories would be better. I wonder if they go back and listen to themselves. I've missed out on many novels due to various readers on one book. I don't read cause I have listened to myself.

Terrific Victorian Novel

(4,5 Sterne)

Wilkie Collins is a great companion for mindless manual work, and some of these readers are terrific. I enjoyed the chess-like maneuvers between parties, found the Between-the-Scenes letters an interesting structure, and actually busted up out loud at some of Mrs. Wragge's scenes.