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Publisher's Summary

When a carousing Englishman disgraces the consecrated effigy of Hanuman, a leprous "Silver Man" marks him with a hideous curse. The ensuing night brings new terrors to the house of the doomed man.

Public Domain (P)2008 B.J. Harrison

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Must listen again

I fear I was not paying close enough attention so I will endeavor to listen again. The reader was so very good that I'm afraid I got caught up in the telling, more than the story.

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Don't mess with religion.

Only if you worship Yahweh can you because he is the creator of the universe.

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Old-style horror story

Classic horror story set in British India. Starts out a bit like P. G. Wodehouse, with what seems like upper-class/colonial British twittery in India, but then turns gruesome. The narration is brisk, clear, and very well-suited to the content.

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Classic Kipling

Perhaps a bit dated in today's "woke" society, indeed that can be applied to just about all Victorian authors now, but regardless, a fine short story well worth listening to.

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fun short story

tension, mystery, history, the ravings of a beast, a curse and happy ending all are included here

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Worth every minute

Wonderful story from Rudyard Kipling. The narration is very enjoyable. Get this story and sit back and enjoy a gothic horror story.

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At times a bit too loud. Apart from that, good.

The narrator came through a bit loud doing the voice of one of the chatacters. He still did well. The sound should have been more balanced, or capped.

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Remarkable.

All my life I have read the poetry of Rudyard Kipling, even memorized some, hoping for a cleansing of my soul, poems like "If". That is why this tale into horror, brilliantly conceived and written, took me by surprise. So I will be going back to explore all his works.....maybe Jewels await me!

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The Beast

The narration was excellent. Interesting story line and characters, but lacking in suspense. Overall a nice armchair read.

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  • 04-18-13

Creepy

A genuinely creepy story that compares well with the work of other masters of weird fiction, such as HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. A white farmer in India is punished for his crass disrespect of a monkey god. A battle ensues between the mysterious powers of a deformed leper and the brute force of their English colonists. Rudyard Kipling is cited by horror writer Nail Gaiman as a major influence, and you can see why from this terrific little spine chiller. A crisp and well paced reading by B.J. Harrison.

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  • 04-03-19

surprisingly good!

Just a shame it's such a short tale, I was genuinely captured by the story! great characters, interesting little book!

the reader was pretty good also