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Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick is a loner who collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda, whom he watches from afar. When he wins the pools, he buys a remote Sussex country house and painstakingly works to make the cellar a comfortable prison. He then calmly abducts Miranda, believing that she will inevitably grow to love him in time if she just gets to know him.

Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor and gain her freedom.

Taught and utterly compelling, Fowles' debut novel The Collector was an instant best seller when it was published in 1963. It is regarded as one of the best thrillers of all time with one of the most terrifying villains to have ever been created on the page.

©1963 John Fowles (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Great Narration, Great Plot

Was unsure due to other reviews criticising the female narrator (and there is no excerpt from ‘Miranda’ on the sample). Took a chance and glad I did- she did an excellent job.

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Utterly superb.

Gothic, eerie and beautiful done. Horrifying and brilliant. Freddie is vile and pathetic. This is a brilliant brilliant read.

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An alarming read, with two excellent narrators

Daniel Rigby is perfectly creepy as the narrator of the first half of the book. Some reviewers haven't enjoyed Hannah Murray as Miranda, but I thought she was excellent. A claustrophobic and genuinely upsetting performance.

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Great narration

Daniel Rigby gets this narration spot on, as the deranged "Collector". Solid performance as well from Hannah Murray in this tale of class struggle and imprisonment.

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The female narration spoiled this for me.

I struggled to keep listening through part three, I think it was. The female narrator spoke in a monotone. I'm sure she was trying to give the impression of depression and loneliness, but it didn't match her actions. Maybe she had been told to read it like that, but it was tedious. And the character she played was such a pretentious young woman, not very likeable. I became irritated and bored with the book. Possibly I would still have disliked that part if I had been reading it, but the narration made it worse. Once that part ended I became interested again, and I was glad I heard the ending. On the whole, the story was interesting, and I might have given it a higher rating if I had read it myself.

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gripping

The story starts off at a running jump, as does the narration. Initially I struggled to digest the book as the first narrator is incredibly pacy, eventually I became accustomed to the racing along only for the narration to switch to the victims voice. whilst I really enjoyed Hannah Murray's reading of 'good me, bad me' by Ali Land, she narrates at a different pace to the first narrator which I found jarring. Although interesting to hear the voice of the victim, this books real strength is in the complexity of it's main character. I'd recommend this audiobook based on the character of Frederick alone. Not your typical villan, Frederick is a fascinating and well narrated character.

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A new favourite

I found the story brilliant and always looked forward to listening to more, I hit a wall when the female narrator came into play, finding it hard to see a clear line between her subject changes but the further along it got, the more I enjoyed hearing her side of the story; overall it was really enjoyable

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Terrible reading of Miranda

I love this book. Have done for years. Miranda is a complex character. This actress just annoys with blank annoying narrative. Not sure I can continue listening. Please recast.

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Great story, disappointing narration for half the book

I was really looking forward to this new edition of an incredible book. The male narrator is brilliant, (the two stars are for his performance, though if him alone I would rate five stars). He brings the story from his point of view in its full creepiness and horror. But the female narrator gives a lack lustre, perfunctory reading and I gave up after a couple of chapters. What a shame. I highly recommend the earlier edition read my James Wilby instead.