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The Veil

By: Rachel Harrison
Narrated by: Louisa Krause
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Publisher's Summary

Sally has recently left an unfulfilling job to volunteer at a living history museum, where she is assigned to the Death House. Every day, she dons Victorian mourning garb and describes traditional funeral services to tourists. It sounds depressing as hell, but for Sally, it’s less depressing than her tepid marriage to her childhood sweetheart. 

This becomes all too clear when she accidentally travels through time and space to a liminal world where the ghosts of the living history museum haunt its grounds. There, she meets and falls hard for Victorian-era pretty boy Nathaniel. Their heady, romantic encounters douse Sally in the sad reality that her marriage is anything but and leave her tempted to join Nathaniel permanently in his realm. 

Is Sally’s marriage literally a fate worse than death, or is there another way altogether? 

©2021 Rachel Harrison (P)2021 Audible Originals

About the Creator

Rachel Harrison is the author of the forthcoming novel Cackle. Her debut, The Return, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica and Electric Literature. She lives in western New York with her husband and their cat/overlord.

About the Performer

Louisa Krause’s talent and versatility has established her as a face to watch. She appears in the upcoming feature film Here Today from writer, director, and star Billy Crystal. She plays Amber in Dash Shaw’s animated feature Cryptozoo, alongside Michael Cera. She recently starred opposite Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway in Dark Waters, directed by Todd Haynes.
Her previous film credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene, Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, Skin opposite Jamie Bell and Danielle McDonald, New Money, Woman Walks Ahead opposite Jessica Chastain, The Phenom with Ethan Hawke and Paul Giamatti, Port Authority, Ava’s Possessions, Bluebird (Best Actress, Karlovy Vary Film Festival), King Kelly (Best Actress, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival), Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog, and Jane Wants a Boyfriend (Best Actress, Napa Film Festival).
On television, she starred in the critically acclaimed Starz series The Girlfriend Experience. She recently appeared on Showtime’s Ray Donovan opposite Liev Schreiber, and had a recurring arc on Showtime’s Billions. Her other television credits include HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, CBS’s Blue Bloods, and NBC’s Law & Order and Law & Order CI.
Onstage, she originated the role of Rose in the Pulitzer Prize- and Obie Award-winning play The Flick, directed by Sam Gold and produced by Scott Rudin, in two Off-Broadway runs and a run at the National Theatre in London. Other theater credits include lead roles in Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0 directed by Tina Landau for Signature Theater and Neil LaBute’s In a Dark Dark House, directed by Carolyn Cantor for MCC.

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Fresh and twisty!

This story surprised me in great ways. Harrison manages to make me laugh even as the plot takes various darker turns— nothing too scary here, but the right dose of spooky, I’d say! Also the narrator is amazing. Highly recommend this, especially for anyone who wants a jumpstart on spooky season reads.

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Nice romantic ghost story

I liked it. Nice lesson about independence and love. The narration was great and I would recommend. I listened while I made dinner.

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Emily Dickinson

This reminds me of Emily Dickinson‘s poem, because I could not stop for death. It is delightful and I am glad it was free also; but that is not the point. It takes the reader on an interesting romantic jaunt that encourages a connection between the poem by Dickinson and the story by HARRISON.

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Short and sweet

Cute short story about dreaming about everything you ever wanted versus what you might really need.

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Quick pleasure

This is short but it kept my attention throughout. Nice message at the end of the journey. Worth the time.

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Great Read

I loved it. A great story about a young woman finding her way in life. Very inspiring.

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Glad it wasn’t longer and was free.

Written for a young adult reader. Story felt rushed. A mash-up of Outlander meets Beetlejuice.

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Original and fun!

This was a fun little fantastical story combining old fashioned romance with modern relationship complications and a little extra steaminess for good measure. Charmingly original concept, accomplished with enough realism to ground the tale and a delightfully humorous tone. The reader was great, handling the transitions between the characters (even the British accent) beautifully. I enjoyed this one a lot!

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Ended weird. Didn’t elaborate what main character concluded

Strange story. Felt messy and the ending was never concluded with a choice she made. Just stated what her choice was but idk what else to expect with a 45 min story. Guess it was good to pass time.

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Don’t waste your time

This is the most stupid and absurd love story I’ve ever read. It’s my mistake starting the story thinking the female protagonist is maybe in her thirties (since in the blurb she was described to be sick of her marriage). Finding out she may be in her early twenties is no big deal, I adjusted my expectations for a young-adult love story. But it turns out that it would be an insult to think that young adults would enjoy this story. The relationship (if you can called that a relationship) between Sally and Nathaniel makes absolutely no sense at all, I couldn’t even enjoy it as a easy sweet romance. I feel like the author is trying to convey some thoughts on women’s independence through the story, but when your protagonist is someone who got bored of a marriage in a short period of time and is now ogling over a nineteen-year-old boy, it just seems incredibly ridiculous and laughable.
Do not read this story if you have ever read any marginally good romance. Don’t waste your time.

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  • 08-05-21

Time travel romance - dodgy English accent!

I love time travel stories and this one was an original setting and method of time travel. A decent, comical story (was it supposed to be funny? It made me laugh out loud a few times!).

Narration: I didn’t like it. It has confirmed to me that I’m not al that keen on American narrators (I didn’t realise the story took place in USA) and the English accent of Nathaniel was abysmal, darling. I also don’t like when female narrators do a male voice by speaking really gruffly, deeply and in monotone, as it was fine here.

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  • 11-16-21

Opaque in parts.

Ok for a short story, overtly stupid heroine spoils a good idea that a more independent "spirit" would have enhanced.

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  • 09-09-21

great

quite an original idea, really enjoyed it, before short story before bed. would like to hear more from Rachel and very well narrated

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  • 08-04-21

Boring

Nothing happens. The narration is good, but thus short story is more of an unsubstantiated idea.

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  • Maria de Souza
  • 08-01-21

Silly

The story was unidimensional and naive. I felt irritated by the way the writer over simplified every aspect of the character's life and relationships.
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  • Terri Bates
  • 01-30-22

Dangerous for suicidal young people

This would be really good if it was a full length story. It was spoilt by being so rushed. Warning! It could be dangerous if read by any Young person who is feeling that life is not worth living. This is not intended, but my work in suicide prevention Is what informs this statement

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  • Arathea
  • 10-06-21

Romance is lost

I was really enjoying this story. The leading lady, Sally, seemed to be interesting in her choice of hobbies and on her reflections. Meeting Nathaniel through the most unexpected of ways and experiencing a new passion advanced quickly, but was sweet at the same time.
But, then the tangent flipped and suddenly there was a major feminist influence out of the far left wing.
All sweetness was gone and all would be heartbroken, except the leading lady herself.
It could have worked well into a longer story, that was full of adventure and experiencing new things. I would be really interested to see that happen. Just hopefully with a hint of a happily ever after.