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"For the love of God, cut off my head." The last request in Uncle Silas's will shocks everyone speechless, everyone except his favorite niece, Anna. More than death itself, the claustrophobic Silas fears a premature burial. Will her elders carry out his request? Anna is certain they will not. It's up to her to do the right thing, even if it is a bit grisly. Armed with butcher knife and candle, Anna heads for the crypt underneath the church in the dead of night. All does not go according to Anna's careful planning.

Step inside a dark story in the tradition of the penny dreadful, at times humorous and horrifying, but don't close the door behind you. Someone might lock you in.

©2014 Jeff Chapman (P)2014 Jeff Chapman

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Unfortunately, Not Very Good At All

I'm sorry to say that I found this story lacking in all areas. The characters were flat, scene setting and atmosphere were almost none existent, and the narration was quite strange. There was a basic story line described in dialogue in the very beginning of the book, and after that nothing really happened. Then it just ended, but without any resolution. Unfortunately this story is not, as described, a Gothic Horror, or any kind of horror.

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Entertaining Gothic Tale

The book itself is entertaining, written well and I enjoyed the humorous slant on a rather grisly tale. I listened in one sitting. and would listem/read again.

The narration however is poor, as it's by an American narrator who is attempting a full story in a British accent with the result of detracting from a great short story, rather than adding to the experience. Reviews on audible.com are all highly complimentary of her but I'm afraid that listening as a Brit, it was a struggle.

I've rated the story as a 4, as it's good and I would recommend it but inclined to suggest as a read rather than listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Christine Newton
  • 23-05-18

quintessentially Victorian Gothic

This is a wonderful Victorian Gothic short story. It checks nearly all of the boxes when it comes to the characteristics of this genre. I listened to it while I was doing some gardening and it was a perfect companion. The author has a writing style well-suited to this genre and the narrator did a great job voicing the heroine of the tale. I could easily visualize the story as it progressed. I would have loved it if the author had given us an epilogue, but that doesn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Erin
  • 13-03-16

Ideal listen for a dark and stormy night

Last request is a short story set in Victorian England. It centers around a young woman, Anna, in the care of her aunt and takes place shortly after her uncle's death. The story starts during the reading of his last will and testament where the uncle makes an unusual request. While all the other family members are aghast, she is determined to fulfill her beloved uncle's request.

Last Request: A Victorian is a very enjoyable short story. The narrator does a lovely job. It is an ideal story to listen to on a dark and stormy night.

This book was gifted to me by Audiobook Blast in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • SL Thomas
  • 21-10-15

Fun Read

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This was a most enjoyable read. I like the gothic feel of the book and the narration was spot on.

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  • Brian M
  • 22-09-15

Fun and Somewhat Creepy Gothic Story

If you could sum up Last Request in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Creepy, Gothic. Kind of taking the easy way out here but those do compose nearly the entire story.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the writing in general, behind the plot and everything that happened there was a level of writing that fit perfectly with the gothic theme and the masterpiece works of that genre from a century ago. With that done so well, the rest of it was just that much better.

What about Caprisha Page’s performance did you like?

I really appreciated how understandable she was throughout, and how she seemed to accentuate the positive points of the work. The fact that her voice is pleasant and has just enough personality to keep it from being ordinary didn't hurt either.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's Bad Luck Not To Honor a Last Request

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I received this for free in exchange for an honest review and would honestly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the genre or just in attempting to be exposed to different literature. I know that personally I'll be looking at other works by Chapman and Page as well.

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  • La Wife
  • 10-09-15

Delicious delivery, superb turn of phrase

What made the experience of listening to Last Request the most enjoyable?

Caprisha Page has done a wonderful delivery.

If you could rename Last Request, what would you call it?

You MUST listen to this!

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I thoroughly enjoyed Last Request. Not only was it very well written, Jeff has a wonderful turn of phrase. I have never come across so many exceptionally surprising descriptions ; "plunged him into a cold bath of loneliness" , "the open shears yawing toward the organist", ... The story was so enthralling it was hard to believe that a whole 1 1/2 hr. had passed rather than just a few minutes. Caprisha Page's clear and enunciated voice - with just a touch of an accent - provided a perfect delivery. Unfortunately as I am older now I may not have time to read or listen to all the books from a few authors Audible and Kobo have introduced me to. I was gifted this audio book by audioblastdotcom for an unbiased review. An Evi review

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  • Loni Townsend
  • 23-02-15

Darkly Funny

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I really enjoyed this little tale. I received a free copy of the audiobook. It was a quick, entertaining listen, and it made me chuckle darkly right from the beginning with the request for decapitation. The characters were delightful and well-rounded. Well done for a short read, with a touch of spooky and a touch of grim humor.

If you can't handle a bit of gore, then this might not be for you. Otherwise, I'd say try this out if dark suits your style.

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  • Janalyn
  • 02-01-21

A great short read

I was listening to this book on the way to go get my haircut and when it ended I was sitting in the parking lot 30 minutes late for my appointment. I really enjoyed this book Ian‘s great uncle Silas had a fear of small spaces due to a woodshed collapsing on him in a storm and pinning him to the dirt floor. So when he passed his last request was the Heaven’s head cut off a request the rest of the family found deplorable, But Ian knew why he made this request and felt it should be carried out. She also felt it was up to her to do it but will she do it? I really enjoyed this book as I said and highly recommend it if you need a test read and a wonderful story with an awesome narrator get this book.

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  • Becky
  • 11-12-20

A creepy last request.

The reading of the will. A last request. Chop off the deceased's head!?! Who will grant his wish? His young niece, Anna using a butcher knife. Creepy. Scary. Claustrophobic. Funny!
I listened to Audible. The narrator's accent took a little getting use to, but it was perfect for this novel. Very entertaining.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Story Origin.

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  • Janet
  • 25-11-20

True Gothic Horror

Jeff Chapman is a new author for me. For fans of gothic horror Last Request shouldn't be missed. The story is great and Caprisha Page does an excellent job narrating. I look forward to enjoying more of Jeff Chapman's work.

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  • sander
  • 22-11-20

Plays upon the fears of being entombed alive

So this story starts with an interesting macabre premise. An uncle of the protagonist, a teenage Victorian lady, has an unusual request after he dies. He wants his head cut off, for reasons related to a trauma in his youth. None of the family seem eager to carry out the request, so it falls to our young heroine to do the honorable thing! But of course, things do not go as planned, (btw I love the heroine's, and by proxy the author's) commitment to planning this task out.

The last 40 minutes are pure suspense. I couldn't put the story down at that point, and had to listen through to the end. The narrator does an excellent job of building upon the text and really bringing out its creepiness.

I think my only quibble is that this short story is too short. I know how that sounds, but I wanted a little more of the aftermath with Anne and her potential parallels to Uncle Silas. But for what this story is, it's delightfully creepy.

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