Doctors Wear Scarlet

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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Richard Fountain, a promising young Cambridge scholar, went to the island of Crete to study ancient rites and pagan rituals before, suddenly and inexplicably, breaking off all contact with the outside world. Disturbing rumors have filtered their way back to England, whispering of blasphemous rituals and obscene orgies, hints of terrible crimes and wanton murder.

Three of Richard’s friends travel to Greece to find him and bring him back. Following a grim progression of ominous clues, they will arrive at last at an abandoned fortress high in the wild and desolate White Mountains, where they will discover Richard’s terrible and shocking fate!

Chosen by Karl Edward Wagner as one of the best supernatural horror novels of all time, Simon Raven’s Doctors Wear Scarlet (1960) is a neglected classic of English horror fiction.

©1960, 2019 Simon Raven (P)2020 Valancourt Books, LLC

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An excellent period piece

Very well done psychological thriller/horror tale with a twist of Greek vampirism. The narrator gives us a delightful set of buttery, balmy Voices that give excellent feel and tone to the story. If you are looking for a delightful period piece in British Academia, this is a gem. Thus as you might expect, this is an intellectually disturbing rather than gore-spattered contribution to the genre.

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Kill me now

Vampire story.The story starts off with a poof then becomes pompous and annoying and ends a little meh. The character of Piers get a slap across the face when he really deserves severe punch in the mouth. I have absolutely no problem with gays, seriously but these guys proclaim that they are in no way gay and then went on to totally correct that claim. I mean really if the character is gay Let him or her be gay.

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  • Wazza
  • 03-08-20

Really good listen

Enjoyed the story throughout and was a really good listen. My kind of book !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-20

Has not aged well

This is set in the 1940s and 50s and it feels like it was written then too. There is a lot about life and politics inside posh boarding schools and university in the UK of that era. A LOT. It really dominates the book. So yeah, it's quite slow. I won't spoil it but the explanation for the horror elements, when it finally arrives, is so laughably simplistic that it wasn't really worth the wait.

The narration is good though, the story just hasn't aged very well over the years. Even good narration isn't enough to save it.