The Red Lamp

Narrated by: Gary Dikeos
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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William Porter has just inherited Twin Hollows, an isolated lakeside estate shrouded in mystery and doom. But William and his wife aren't easily swayed by ghost stories and whispered rumors. Until a shadowy apparition beckons to them from the undying glow of a red lamp. Is a stranger with a deadly purpose trying to frighten them away? Or are they being haunted by a chilling warning from the grave?

©1925 Mary Roberts Rinehart, Copyright renewed, 1953, by Mary Roberts Rinehart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Classic murder mystery novel about Spiritualism

What made the experience of listening to The Red Lamp the most enjoyable?

Like all of Rinehart, this is a beautiful period piece. It was first published in 1925, when paranormal activity and seances were a craze; several writers used the fad as a plot device. The Red Lamp should be as well known as Dorothy Sayers's Unnatural Death, since psychic research and seances are at the heart of the novel and the mystery, and not incidental, as they are in the Sayers book.

Have you listened to any of Gary Dikeos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Dikeos has a voice that's an acquired taste, but he read this with intelligence.

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Poor narrator

I found the narrator’s voice monotone. When he was speaking in the voices of the various characters i thought he did well, but his narration voice was irritatingly flat and through the nose.

I do not think this was one of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s best stories.

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A paranormal mystery with a strange red lamp

I enjoyed listening to this audio of the novel. The narrator does a good job. There's the element of "well, this cannot be really happening" among the characters as events proceed. I found this fun story.