Another wonderful Dickens short story combining spectral images with Christmas. Wonderful turns of phrase and digressions throughout. To name but one, “faithful obstructions”, for servants - in other words, easier to do it yourself if not for pride of position. Playful, fun, and illuminating. One of his less listened-to stories; well worth it for anyone, but especially for fans.
Public Domain (P)2012 Deaver Brown
I love listening and usually get in at least three hours a day. I like fiction, biographies and medical non-fiction.
I am a big Dickens fan, and I was thrilled to find some new works.
After listening, I'm pretty sure Dickens himself didn't boast about this one. The story did have some amusing descriptions of the house and the 12 or so residents who come to investigate the haunting for Christmas. The houseguests promise to say nothing of anything they observe in the supernatural realm until the 12th night of Christmas.
The narrator describes some scary things he's observed, then tells us about a dream he had of the time when he was a schoolboy.
The big gathering in which all the strange tales were to be told never happens.
This was a really, really bad story by anyone, let alone Dickens.
The narrator seems to be some random guy with no vocal talent who heard that there was money to be made recording books. It was obviously recorded long, long ago. possibly in a galaxy far, far away, since the audio quality is not good. Every now and then the narrator says "TAPE TWO" or "TAPE THREE".
I think this thing cost me $1 on sale.
I was robbed.
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