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The Mark of the Beast

Narrated by: Walter Covell
Length: 29 mins
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Bombay-born English writer Rudyard Kipling explores cross-cultural conflict in "The Mark of the Beast".

The 1907 Nobel Prize winner’s story, first published in 1890, is about a newcomer to India named Fleete. When the Englishman obliviously puts out a cigar on a holy statue in the temple of Hanuman, a priest bites him. The bite causes a violent transformation within Fleete, and his friends must find a cure for his madness.

Walter Covell uses a genteel British accent that suits Kipling’s 19th-century fable about the perils of cultural insensitivity.

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A drunken Englishman disgraces the consecrated effigy of Hanuman,a sacred religious figure to the Hindus. As results a leprous "Silver Man" marks him with a hideous curse. The ensuing days and nights bring strange terrors to the now repentant Englshman.
Public Domain (P)1987 Jimcin Recordings

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I bought this book because I wanted a short length listen that I could relax with. I was not familiar with the book at all, I had only heard of the author. I was tremendously impressed with the book. A fabulously told short story that I am sure I will listen to many times. The Narrator does a very fine job, very believable as the story teller. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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The story is a classic. My only fault with version is the quality of the recording. The narration is great too but the hissing and "waviness" of the sound makes glad I only spent a dollar on this.