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The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog | [Marie Belloc Lowndes]

The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog

An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When an eccentric and mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of "The Avenger", they start to suspect something too horrific for words.
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Publisher's Summary

An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When an eccentric and mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of "The Avenger", they start to suspect something too horrific for words.

(P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Raver's performance, combined with Lowndes's literate, suspenseful plot, makes this must listening." (AudioFile)

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    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 06-10-04
    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 06-10-04 Member Since 2003
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    "enjoyable"

    This was a lovely listen, if such a word can be used to describe underpinnings that are quite gruesome, but never dwelled on excessively. The narrator has an engaging voice with subtle yet consistent changes for different characters, and her accent made the listen that much more enjoyable.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie south hiram, ME, USA 01-24-06
    Hallie south hiram, ME, USA 01-24-06
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I really enjoyed this well written suspense. It's easy to symphathize with the characters' predictament and the story kept my interest right to the end. Would love more like this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Chandler, AZ, USA 03-05-05
    Jeffrey Chandler, AZ, USA 03-05-05
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    "A Delight!"

    I am a member of the TV generation but I must say that I look forward to spending some quiet time alone each evening listening to "The Lodger" on my iPod. I can't believe how well written this book is. There's a lot of suspense and it keeps building! The narrator's performance is perfect; I can't read my kids a bedtime story using as many different voices as this narrator does. Her ability to characterize each voice helps the listener follow the dialog easily - something I've struggled with when I've listened to other books. A+

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Hoffmann Downingtown, PA USA 12-05-11
    Tracy Hoffmann Downingtown, PA USA 12-05-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Just dreadful."

    Couldn't wait for this one to be over. The story, what there was of it, was boring and I just wanted to smack the main characters silly. You have a creepy boarder who gives you a bunch of money for rent in advance and you don't want to upset the apple cart when you suspect he's a serial killer? Gimme a break. The performance was equally drab, with an American putting on British accents for the various characters. Save your credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Oceanside, CA, United States 12-03-10
    Monica Oceanside, CA, United States 12-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic Narration"

    Lorna Raver simply nails this wonderfully subtle story about a couple who begin to believe that their lodger is a serial killer. The suspicions of the couple are never actually spoken aloud, but the evidence they witness will bring the listener to harbor the same dark thoughts. Raver not only delivers living characters to our ears, she also keeps the narrative zooming along. No wonder this is a crime classic! Book and narrator: perfect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noel Elliminyt, Australia 08-27-10
    Noel Elliminyt, Australia 08-27-10
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    "Splendid."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good old fashion mystery. Nicely written, with very good narration. A real beaut book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 01-11-09
    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "the lodger"

    the book was great and so was the narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Jacksonville, FL, United States 11-14-06
    Anne Jacksonville, FL, United States 11-14-06
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    "Old fashioned fun"

    This is a high-quality period piece, well written and well paced. The reader's performance is superb, which elevates the material. If you have a tast for old-school suspense, this satisfies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen vista, CA, USA 07-03-04
    Helen vista, CA, USA 07-03-04
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    "Great suspense - not much of an ending"

    I enjoyed almost every minute of this audio book. The narrator is excellent. She makes you believe she's from 19th century England.

    The suspense is great and keeps you wanting to listen. But beware - the ending is bland. But its still worth a listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-07-14
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-07-14

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Creepy Fun!"
    What did you love best about The Lodger?

    I just loved the overall feeling of suspense. And it just grows and grows. I had to turn my IPod off a few times because of the building tension.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think the female lead. I was easy to sympathise with her plight. and I thought, "what would I do if I were in her shoes?"


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did not personally "read" the book. But I think Lorna Raver id a great job. she represented all characters very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't. like I said. The elevating tension was too much for me!


    Any additional comments?

    no, just this was a great book. And listen with the lights on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Good story"
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    This was a great story using Jack the ripper as a may be character Considering it was written so long ago it has made a great transition to the 21st century. Wasnt so keen on the american lady narrating some of her characters especially the young constable character sounded like a Dick van Dykes attempt at an English accent but in the end I learnt to live with it as I felt the story was to good not to listen to

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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