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The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains, nightmarish chains, or ancient legends. They even throw pillows at him.

Public Domain (P)2009 B.J. Harrison

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What a treat!

Would you listen to The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition] again? Why?

Absolutely! It was such a refreshing and fun ghost story as well as a quick example of Oscar Wilde's biting genius.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition]?

My favorite and most memorable moments were of the Ghost trying to gain the upper hand over the Americans. Highly recommended reading.

Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but it would be a pleasure to listen to another of B.J. Harrison's performances. Well done!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fiendishly frolicking foibles featuring foreigners and phantoms...

Any additional comments?

Loved this fun little gem!

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A Memorable story amd narration.

The Canterville Ghost is by far one my favourite short stories, and what better than having the prolific Mr. B.J. Harrison narrating this treasure tale.

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Oscar Wilde's Humor Deserves to be Lingered Over

I love the work of Oscar Wilde not only for its wit and intelligence but also for its nuance. The story, Wilde's first published story, is about a ghost that haunts an English manor house. But the life of the ghost (pun intended) is upended when his ancestral home is bought by an American family. Because I don't want to put in spoilers I will just say that the cast of the family becomes central to how the ghost's ghostly career is threatened (nice little dig at Americans' love of gadgets and lack of historical tradition). And lest one think that it is only a dig at Americans that Wilde is intending, the family also becomes the ally of the Ghost in trying to end his spectral condition. Wilde was a very good writer who though he may have missed out narrowly on being a great writer, nonetheless left us with several gems. The Canterville Ghost is not the great comic gem that the Importance of being Ernest is, but it is a fine diversion that ultimately is quite satisfying.

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Good story

I had only seen the movies. The book was way above and beyond what I expected. Glad I got it.

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Good Oscar Wilde short story

Enjoyable short audio of the classic Wilde story; decent reading but with the typical Audible dropped words at the beginning of every chapter.

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satire in Victorian novel of manners?

sounds to me less than a Halloween ghost story and more like a blend of Brontë-gothic, combined with typical stabilization of 19th century Victorian novel of manners. but then again, his was my first listen. I enjoy b.j. Harrison's narration, but I think someone like Patrick Stewart would be more Halloween Basque .

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Hilarious!

A ghost story and so delightfuly unique. The Canterville Ghost has been haunting successfully for hundreds of years and is more than proud of his scares. He even relishes and shares many of them in the story as he ponders why he can't seem to scare the current family. They are completely unscarable. He doesn't give up even after they throw pillows at him and other things. He is determined.

The inability of this ghost to haunt the family is ridiculous. The situations had me rolling in laughter and in some respects feeling bad for this ghost. The story is short and flows at a quick pace.

Delightful!

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  • Atheen
  • Mpls, MN United States
  • 08-19-17

Classic Wilde

I've enjoyed several cinematic versions of the story over the years. It was fun to get back to the original, classic Wilde.

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Very enjoyable

I did not know Oscar Wilde wrote this book, it is very different from the movies that I have seen. Now I want to see a movie made that stays with the book. Very enjoyablke

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Loved the lightheartedness!

Well performed and much enjoyed! Slightly funny and an engaging plot. A quick listen for an afternoon.

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  • Julie
  • 10-29-17

an easy listening children's story.

fine to spend time on a whimsical afternoon. enjoyed the narration. but wishes there was a twist at the end.

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  • 09-06-17

Outstanding piece remarkably well-read

What an enjoyment to listen to this beautifully crafted story grandly read. A tale to put in anyone's hands and ears! I love the references to Americans!

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  • LesLee
  • 05-04-17

Poorly read

Mr. Harrison should not be allowed to attempt British accents. He seems convinced he's really good at them but he really is misleading himself. This is a fun, classic Wilde story and shows the writer's innate wit but the voice acting is very distracting and takes away the enjoyment of listening to it.

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  • Mat
  • 05-01-17

A fantastic reading and great story.

B. J. Harrison knocks another performance out of the park. The story itself, almost certainly the basis for films like Beetlejuice and The Frighteners, was superb. Displaying Wilde's wry wit and an ability to poke fun at genre conventions that make the whole thing a joy to listen to.

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  • Suswati
  • 11-06-16

Classic comedic Oscar Wilde

I was slightly surprised to realise that it was more of a comedy than a ghost story but it still highlights the classic style of Oscar Wilde. Lots of tongue and cheek commentary on aristocracy as well as the ghost genre. The narrator's accent was also interesting - a mix between American and English. A pleasant short story.

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