Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott published the short piece "The Tapestried Chamber" in 1828 as part of The Keepsake Stories. In this ghost story, General Browne stops at the castle of a former classmate while he is traveling and there encounters a very strange woman in his bedchamber… who seems to be quite dead. Donna Barkman's performance lends the story a mysterious air. Her proper voice and clear diction embody General Browne's world while her somber yet warm tone make listening to Barkman an easy feat. Moreover, she seamlessly constructs voices for both male and female characters.
ghost story. I reserve the fifth star because, despite the usual elegance and richness of Scott's language (which makes so much of the writing today seem so shabby in comparison), he never really finds the "punch line" for this tale of implied "incestuous and murderous deeds." However, one has to think that Poe, Hawthorne and other of the American Gothics savored and remembered the attack and mid-palate of this little sip of literary wine--despite its lack of finish.
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This is a good short story written by Walter Scott. It's a shame about the reader, who succeeded in ruining it.
I wasn't sure if she was narrating the story, or trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records for reading it in the shortest time possible.
What didn’t you like about Donna Barkman’s performance?
I found the reader to be very even and somewhat flat. I do like a bit of a performance in my readers and not just a reading.
Any additional comments?
This is very abridged. Be warned.