A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises - but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of the conflict between old and new. Rupert Degas's hilarious reading brings the absurdity and theatricality of the story to life.
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The combination of fantastic sound effects (ghostly laughs, a fainting housekeeper, a speeding carriage) and Rupert Degas's expert performance guarantees that listeners are in for a treat. After hearing about its resident ghost, an American family nevertheless takes up residence in a haunted mansion. Degas presents American and English accents to perfection. His comic delivery is hilarious on lines such as this utterance to the ghost: "I must insist that you oil those chains." The moving conclusion completes an enjoyable listening experience.
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enjoyed the play so bought the book.
charming short story.
liked them all, including the ghost.
he did a good job of performing all the characters which made it a good listening experience.
already seen it as a play on tv many years ago in black and white.
enjoyed the story with its little bits of humour. as it is just over an hour long can be listened to in one sitting. remembered the blood on the carpet senario from the play.
its the shortest book I have listened to.
- Mrs. K. I. Richards