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Eleanor

Edmonds, WA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Canterville Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    Maria says: "Family ghost story"
    "Not of Wilde's usual caliber"
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    Story

    This period piece by Wilde was not as enjoyable to listen to as were "The Importance of Being Earnest" or "An Ideal Husband" both of which were literary treats. This play merely seems to dramatize Americans' lack of appreciation for all that is British without being either funny or enlightening. I'm not partial to the favorable portraiture of Americans but the characters in this play were one-dimensional and not engaging, and I couldn't suspend disbelief in the premise of the story. I tried, but I couldn't listen to more than 30 minutes. Instead, I'd highly recommend the two plays previously mentioned.

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