A master of Victorian-era mystery, Wilkie Collins' spine-chilling story The Haunted Hotel involves a possible murder in a decaying Venetian palace.
Years after Lord Montbarry dies under suspicious circumstances, his home is turned into a hotel. His family stays there on a visit and all experience vivid dreams featuring a disembodied head. Their visit also coincides with the return of Montbarry's wife, who writes a play that reveals the true fate of her deceased husband.
Walter Covell adopts an erudite British accent that suits Wilkie's 19th-century diction and subtly imbues tension and growing panic in the voices of the characters he plays.
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The story is well written but not one of Wilkie Collins' best, mainly because of a lack of suspense.
This is an old recording. The narrator sounds as though he is sitting in a cardboard box and for large parts there is an irritating background buzz. The narrator's voice is one of an old-school luvvie ack-tor, with some very off-putting enunciation.
The story is excellent - maybe a little predictable. Agnes is a bit of a wuss. The reading is s bit odd. Up and down and the voices are odd.
This book did not keep my interest at all very dull the narrator did not do a good reading words were to flat no life behind them
The narrator sounded like he was down a tunnel. The story wasn't Collin's best, especially when comparing it to "The woman in White" and "The Moonstone"
Though I am a fan of both the genre and era, I find this, Collins' last major work, to really show its age. The plot chugs along its torpid course, with much remonstrations of benighted heartfelt-love, for women with all the personality of a wilted salad. Imagine a novel with all the dull parts of Stoker's Dracula, but without the characters and action to balance it. The detective element of the novel is hardly a twist in the tale and the supernatural elements are pure Victorian mummery. The narration and quality are acceptable. I could only recommend it to a Collins completist.
"Not so hot"
This book should not be put under horror. The only thing scary about this book was how long it took to get to the actual story. I however did enjoy the style of writing (thus the reason I gave it two stars) but the story was more of betrayal and intrigue than of horror. All of you true horror lovers STAY AWAY!
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