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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

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Bad story topped by worse narrator

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 end.

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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  • 05-12-17

BAD, BAD, BAD

Would you try another book written by Charles Dickens or narrated by Deaver Brown?

I am a great fan of Dickens

What will your next listen be?

my next dickens book will probably be The Chimes

What didn’t you like about Deaver Brown’s performance?

He seemed unable to cope with some of the names. his speech was indistinct.

What character would you cut from The Haunted House?

I don't know I could not finish the book. shall read it to see if it is as bad as it sounded.

Any additional comments?

The reviewer from Chicago was very generous in his review.