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Philip and Margaret Waverton and their friend Roger Penderel are driving through the mountains of Wales when a torrential downpour washes away the road and forces them to seek shelter for the night. They take refuge in an ancient, crumbling mansion inhabited by the strange and sinister Femm family and their brutish servant Morgan. Determined to make the best of the circumstances, the benighted travelers drink, talk, and play games to pass the time while the storm rages outside. But as the night progresses and tensions rise, dangerous and unexpected secrets emerge. On the house's top floor are two locked doors; behind one of them lies the mysterious, unseen Sir Roderick Femm, and behind the other lurks an unspeakable terror. Which is more deadly: the apocalyptic storm outside the house or the unknown horrors that await within? And will any of them survive the night?  

Benighted (1927), a classic 'old dark house' novel of psychological terror, was the second novel by J. B. Priestley (1894-1984), better known for his classics The Good Companions (1929), Angel Pavement (1930), and Bright Day (1946). The basis for James Whale's 1932 film The Old Dark House, Benighted returns for the first time in 50 years.

©1927, 1955, 2018 The Estate of J. B. Priestley (P)2018 Valancourt Books, LLC

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Take a second take

The guy reading fumbles on a few words and needs to learn some pacing. some of it was read well, some parts he went too fast on or too slow on. He should've taken a few extra takes on the read.

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Disappointing

Whilst the story was reasonably worth listening to, the narrator was terrible. He read as though he had never seen the text before and constantly stumbled over words. He made no attempt to distinguish the different voices of the characters - except for one frail & elderly man - so it was difficult to know who was talking. I managed to stay with it to the end but was very disappointed.

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