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C OM P LETECLASSIC SUNABRIDGEDThe MoonstoneWilkie CollinsRead by Ronald Pickup and cast

CD 1123456789Cousin – Prologue – The Storming of Seringapatam (1799)So, as told in our camp, ran the fanciful story.The Story – First Period – The Loss of the Diamond (1848)Chapter 2After that it was all over with me, of course.Chapter 3Going round to the terrace, I found.Chapter 4I saw no sign of the girl in the Total time on CD 1: 78:54CD 212345678Before I could say a word, I saw Mr Franklin.Chapter 5There was perhaps a grain of truth mixed up.Chapter 6I instantly exerted my witsI handed the paper back to Mr Franklin.Chapter 7Chapter 82:1812:0911:1612:5510:3310:2011:558:02Total time on CD 2: 79:332

CD 3123456789As for Mr Franklin and Miss Rachel.Add one thing more to this, and I have done.On the fourteenth, came Mr Godfrey’s answerChapter 9With those words she went out.Chapter 10You might have heard a pin fall.I had just ranged the decanters in a row.Here I struck in. This sort of thing didn’t at all square.7:406:5710:019:229:248:428:499:528:35Total time on CD 3: 79:29CD 4123456789Chapter 11About half-past seven I woke, and opened my window.We had our breakfasts – whatever happens in a house.Ten minutes later, to our infinite relief.As things stood, at present, no answer.I found Mr Franklin writing at the library-table.Chapter 12This was a nice sort of man to recover.Mr Franklin was as close at hand as could be.7:557:487:1611:059:4112:357:548:236:38Total time on CD 4: 79:223

CD 5123456789‘A young lady’s tongue is a privileged member, sir’.Chapter 13I reminded my lady here that Mr Godfrey was going away.Chapter 14I had got on very fairly well with Sergeant Cuff so far.I walked out in the fine summer afternoon.Chapter 15As it turned out, I found myself standing.We went on to Cobb’s Hole, seeing the al time on CD 5: 79:15CD 6123456789Mrs Yolland produced out of her pocket.On hearing those words, the infernal detective-fever began.Chapter 16Being restless and miserable.Not feeling sure that I had really seen the Sergeant.Chapter 17After leaving my mistress, I found Penelope.Chapter 18Sergeant Cuff was just as quick on his side.9:046:388:479:098:369:539:458:537:20Total time on CD 6: 78:114

CD 712345678910I went round with him to the servants’ hall.Chapter 19With that relief, I began to fetch my breath again Chapter 20Chapter 21Sergeant Cuff bowed. My mistress had produced.This time he looked my way.He thereupon passed the whole of Rosanna’s proceedings.Chapter 22The pony-chaise returned a good half hour.3:277:526:539:327:098:518:547:039:319:52Total time on CD 7: 79:10CD 812345678910To take anything as her Ladyship took it was a privilege.Chapter 23On the next day (Sunday), the close carriage.I leave you to imagine how I watched for the postman.Saturday, the last day of the week.Second Period – The Discovery of the Truth (1848–1849)We had a meeting that evening of the Select Committee.An interval elapsed, and he heard a sound below.I was punctual to the luncheon hour on Tuesday.Chapter 27:588:4011:447:158:078:378:248:535:094:31Total time on CD 8: 79:245

CD 9123456789‘Dearest Rachel,’ he said, in the same voice.Rachel looked at him very strangely.Before another word could be said by anybody.Chapter 3Mr Bruff looked surprised to see me.I could see plainly that the new light I had thrown.Chapter 4So I passed that blissful night.Chapter 59:308:117:308:5010:049:1610:4512:392:34Total time on CD 9: 79:24CD 10123456789‘Don’t sit on the ottoman,’ the young lady proceeded.She turned round on a sudden.Chapter 6Chapter 7Having first met her advances with all possible cordiality.When her cup of tea went up to her the next morning.Chapter 8Let me dry my eyes, and return to my narrative.The tone in which she said those words.9:5111:344:388:4610:598:599:178:027:06Total time on CD 10: 79:196

CD 11123456789When I first attracted the attention of the company by rising.Mr Bruff gave it up, exactly as he had given it up.Second Narrative contributed by Matthew Bruff, solicitorThe moment I got back I spoke to my clerk.We had walked on, for nearly a mile I should say.Chapter 2Chapter 3I remembered that Mr Franklin Blake had detected.He handed me the open otal time on CD 11: 79:33CD 12123456789Third Narrative – contributed by Franklin BlakeChapter 2This stroke of sarcasm put him in a better humour.Chapter 3Having reached that inevitable conclusion.My directions in the memorandum instructed me.Chapter 4‘I won’t trouble you with much about myself.’‘Well, I went in that morning to do my work in your l time on CD 12: 79:357

CD 1312345678‘Just at that moment, Mr Betteredge spoilt it all.’Chapter 5‘She had only just spoken those cruel words.’Chapter 6I started, in ungovernable agitation, to my feet.Chapter 7I advanced towards her, hardly conscious.She was right – in every way, right.10:1510:3811:0611:4411:028:247:438:38Total time on CD 13: 79:36CD 14123456789I attempted to speak.Chapter 8Early the next morning, I set forth.It was just too late to start by the train which left London.With the object that I had in view.Chapter 9‘I can add nothing which will make the description.’I felt that he was unanswerable, here.He paused again. I looked round at him.7:128:088:447:288:429:0710:469:439:38Total time on CD 14: 79:348

CD 15123456789Chapter 10I began to regain my self-possession.I started to my feet. I tried to speak.‘I will try to answer you in a few words,’ said Ezra Jennings.Fourth Narrative – Extracted from the Journal of Ezra JenningsTwo o’clock. I have just returned from my round.Mr Blake made me a sign to take him at his word.June 20th. Mr Blake is beginning to feel.He opened his door with a low bow.8:398:537:289:539:429:369:039:047:04Total time on CD 15: 79:29CD 16123456789Yesterday, also, Mr Blake had the lawyer’s answer.At that point in the conversation, we were interrupted.Betteredge withdrew to fetch the medicine-chest.Looking next towards Mr Blake, I found him.We waited – seeing and hearing nothing.After saying those words, I put the writing materials.Fifth Narrative – The Story Resumed by Franklin BlakeWithout noticing either of us, Mr Luker.At nine, the next morning, I was ready for my l time on CD 16: 78:499

CD 171234567891011In five minutes more, Sergeant Cuff and I.The illustrious name instantly produced its effect.Sixth Narrative – Contributed by Sergeant CuffIII: With regard to the subject now in hand.IV: Late on the evening of Friday, the twenty-third of June.V: This was the story told by your cousin.Seventh Narrative – In a letter from Mr CandyEighth Narrative – Contributed by Gabriel BetteredgeEpilogue – The Finding of the Diamond – Sgt Cuff’s ManII. The Statement of the Captain (1849)III. The Statement of Mr Murthwaite 57Total time on CD 17: 79:34Total time on CDs 1–17: 22:28:1110

CastGabriel BetteredgeCousinDrusilla ClackMr BruffEzra Jennings & Sergeant Cuff’s ManFranklin BlakeSergeant CuffMr Candy and the CaptainMr MurthwaiteRonald PickupJoe MarshFenella WoolgarSam DaleJonathan OliverJamie ParkerSean BarrettDavid TimsonJohn FoleyTitles Benjamin Soames11

Wilkie Collins(1824–1889)The M oonstonepopular with such a huge audience.Like Dickens, Collins was botha popular and highly literary writer; ahundred years later, T.S. Eliot was todescribe The Moonstone as ‘the first, thelongest and the best of modern Englishdetective novels’, and Collins’s deviceof letting each ‘witness’ give his ownversion of the events owes as much tothe drama of the courtroom as to thetheatre. By adopting this structure Collinswas able not only to sustain interest andsuspense throughout a long novel basedon a single event, but was also able touse his skill of characterisation to thefull. Gabriel Betteridge is no ordinary oldretainer; he is sought out as often for hiswisdom as for his dependability and it ishis beguiling voice which draws us intothe story. Collins wrote that the ‘Narrativeof Miss Clack. proved most successfulin amusing the public’ and she remainsWilliam Wilkie Collins was born in Londonin 1824, the son of a successful landscapepainter. After working in the tea businessand reading for the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, hedetermined to become a ‘man of letters’and was fortunate to acquire CharlesDickens as his literary patron. His interestin writing novels came from his earlyinvolvement in the theatre and in 1851 hebecame stage valet to Dickens for one ofthe many dramatic entertainments whichDickens and his friends and family stagedfor various charitable causes. Eventually,Collins was promoted and in 1856 thetwo writers co-starred in a play, TheFrozen Deep, which Collins had writtenhimself. His plays were full of dramaand suspense and it was his love of theimmediacy of the theatre which wenton to inform his novels with the vitalityand pace which are so evident in TheMoonstone and which were to make it so12

form in the popular magazine All the YearRound from January 4 to August 8 1868.He explained in a preface of 1871 howdifficult the process had been, when hewas struck down by illness and his motherlay dying: ‘I doubt if I should have lived towrite another book, if the responsibility ofthe weekly publication of this story hadnot forced me to rally my sinking energiesof body and mind – to dry my uselesstears, and to conquer my merciless pains.’In fact, Collins suffered from recurringattacks of gout and depression and reliedincreasingly on laudanum for relief fromhis pain. The drug was freely availableand no doubt he drew on his ownexperiences of laudanum when he wroteThe Moonstone.Between 1859 and 1870, Collinspublished four major novels, The Womanin White, No Name, Armadale and TheMoonstone. Although he went on towrite many more novels, none was tomatch the perfection in style and contentof The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins died of his greatest creations, as familiartoday as she was when the book was firstpublished. Rosanna Spearman and RachelVerinder are both strong and passionatewomen who do not conform to the strictVictorian archetype. In fact, Collins defiedconvention himself: he formed a liaisonwith Martha Rudd, by whom he had twodaughters and a son, but whom he nevermarried, and continued throughout tosustain another relationship with CarolineClow. The fact that his private life lefthim on the margins of respectable societymay explain why Collins felt able to createcharacters who are less constrained bytheir social position than many figures inVictorian literature.In the Preface to the first edition of thebook, Collins wrote: ‘The attempt madehere is to trace the influence of characteron circumstance. The conduct pursued,under a sudden emergency, by a younggirl, supplies the foundation on which Ihave built this book.’ However, the bookis much more than this might suggestand part of Collins’s success is no doubtattributable to his astute commercialsense. The Moonstone appeared in serialNotes by Heather Godwin13

Ronald Pickup works extensively in both stage and screenproductions. His recent film work includes The Best Exotic MarigoldHotel and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. He has also appeared inthe television series Parade’s End, Larkrise to Candleford, Fortunesof War and Orwell on Jura. His theatre credits include HeartbreakHouse, Waiting for Godot, Uncle Vanya, Peer Gynt and LongDay’s Journey Into Night.Joe Marsh graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre Schoolin 2008, having previously read English at the University ofCambridge. His theatre credits include Alexander Onassis in Aristo(Chichester Festival Theatre) and Olivia in Twelfth Night (LordChamberlain’s Men). His television credits include Silent Witness(BBC) and Above Suspicion (La Plante Productions). Other audiocredits include Pierrot Lunaire (NMC Recordings).Fenella Woolgar trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art(RADA). Shortly after graduating, she starred in Stephen Fry’sfilm Agatha and has since performed in films by Mike Leigh (VeraDrake), Richard E Grant (Wah-Wah) and Woody Allen (Scoop andYou Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger). She has worked in theatreat the National Theatre and The Old Vic, and won the ClarenceDerwent Award for Best Supporting Actress in the West End in2012.14

Sam Dale has over 40 years experience as a professional actor.He was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Repertory Company(‘The Rep’) on two occasions, which led to a host of productionsfor Radio 4, including On Mardle Fen, Fortunes of War, The DivineComedy, The Compete Smiley, I Claudius as well as numerousnovels by Raymond Chandler. For Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’,he has read Jennifer Johnston’s Shadows on Our Skin and twovolumes of Chris Mullin’s diaries. Other audiobook work includesJonathan Franklin’s The 33.Jonathan Oliver has worked in theatres across the country:War and Peace at the Royal National Theatre, The Homecomingat Leicester Haymarket and the role of Antony in Antony andCleopatra at the Bridwell. TV credits include Eskimo Day, House ofEliott and Hannay and he is active in voice-over and radio.Jamie Parker is best known for his roles in the films The HistoryBoys and Valkyrie and the television drama Van Gogh: Painted withWords. He has also performed in the television series Foyle’s War,The Hour, Parade’s End, The Politician’s Husband, Silent Witnessand Silk. His theatre credits include Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry Vat Shakespeare’s Globe and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Deadat the Haymarket Theatre.15

Sean Barrett started acting as a boy on BBC children’s televisionin the days before colour, when it went out live. He grew upthrough Z Cars, Armchair Theatre, Minder and Father Ted. Histheatre credits include Peter Pan at the old Scala Theatre andNoël Coward’s Suite in 3 Keys in the West End. Films includeWar & Peace, Dunkirk and A Cry from the Streets. He was amember of the BBC Radio Drama Company. He also features inMolloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, The Voice of the Buddhaand Canterbury Tales III and read the part of Vladimir in Waitingfor Godot for Naxos AudioBooks and the part of Nakata in Kafkaon the Shore.David Timson has made over 1,000 broadcasts for BBC RadioDrama. For Naxos AudioBooks he wrote The History of theTheatre, which won an award for most original production fromthe Spoken Word Publishers Association in 2001. He has alsodirected four Shakespeare plays for Naxos AudioBooks, includingKing Richard III (with Kenneth Branagh), which won Best DramaAward from the SWPA in 2001. In 2002 he won the Audio ofthe Year Award for his reading of A Study in Scarlet. He alsoreads The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I, II, III, IV, V, and VIand The Return of Sherlock Holmes I, II, and III, The Hound ofthe Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Valley of Fear, and TheCasebook of Sherlock Holmes.16

John Foley has worked as an actor in theatres throughout theUK and US. He has published reference books and children’sstories, and written and voiced more than 600 scripts for BBCWorld Service and R4; other radio includes numerous adaptationsof works by writers such as Brecht, Ibsen, John Osborne, AlanBennett and Victoria Wood. He has also produced a number ofaudiobooks for Naxos and Random House.Benjamin Soames trained at LAMDA. He has appeared in thepopular TV series Sharpe and toured worldwide in Measure forMeasure with Cheek by Jowl. A former Royal Marine Commando,serving in Kosovo and Iraq, he teaches Hostile Environment SecurityTraining for the EU and is still active as a close protection officer inthe UK and abroad. His productions for Naxos AudioBooks includeTales from the Greek Legends, Tales from the Norse Legends, TheTale of Troy, The Adventures of Odysseus, Venus and Adonis,Great Inventors and their Inventions, Great Scientists and theirDiscoveries and Afghanistan – In a Nutshell.17

CreditsProduced by John Foley and Nicolas SoamesEdited and mastered by Sarah Butcher Booklet: Naxos AudioBooks Ltd 2014ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTINGAND COPYING OF THESE COMPACT DISCS PROHIBITED.Booklet and cover design: Hannah Whale, Fruition – Creative Concepts,using images from Shutterstock18

View our catalogue online further assistance, please contact:In the UK: Naxos AudioBooks, Select Music & Video Distribution,3 Wells Place, Redhill, Surrey RH1 3SL.Tel: 01737 645600.In the USA: Naxos of America Inc.,1810 Columbia Ave., Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064.Tel: 1 615 771 9393In Australia: Select Audio/Visual Distribution Pty. Ltd.,PO Box 691, Brookvale, NSW 2100.Tel: 61 29948181119

Other works on Naxos AudioBooksThe Woman in White(Collins) ISBN: 9789626348840Read by Glen McCready and castThe Mystery of Edwin Drood(Dickens) ISBN: 9781843795988Read by David TimsonThe Essential Edgar Allan Poe(Poe) ISBN: 9789626349212read by Kerry Shale, John Chancer andWilliam RobertsThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I(Conan Doyle) ISBN: 9789626341520Read by David

William Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the son of a successful landscape painter. After working in the tea business and reading for the bar at Lincoln's Inn, he determined to become a 'man of letters' and was fortunate to acquire Charles The The Moonstone The Moonstone Wilkie Collins

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