Darkness falls. The undead rise to feast on the succulent blood of the living. For years vampires have fascinated great writers of the occult such as De Maupassant, Count Stenbock, E Nesbit and EF Benson. This is The Story Circle's collection of some of their spine-chilling tales told by award-winning actors.
Many Victorians have stood the test of time, showing their quality by contrast with later ages, as do the finest antiques. Unfortunately, I've found Mary Elizabeth Braddon has not held up well. This was my second try with her writing, the first being "Lady Audley's Secret."
This rather predictable and not at all scary tale is of the old "damsel in distress" variety. A young, innocent, and chatty girl from Walford looks for a position so that she may help her poor mother, a seamstress. Sadly, her reduced circumstances have not allowed her to become "accomplished" in any of the ways a wealthy lady seeking a companion might require. Still, she persists with her disagreeable employment agent and finds work with a very aged Adeline, Lady Ducayne. Soon they are abroad in Italy.
Sadly, I wish they hadn't bothered to go. "Good Lady Ducayne" isn't much of a story. It certainly isn't much of a vampire story. I found the ending utterly ridiculous.
But perhaps you will disagree. If you do give this one a chance, you'll be hearing a great narrator: Anne Rosenfeld. Five stars there. I'd love to listen to her again.
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What did you love best about Good Lady Ducayne?
What did you like best about this story?
the excellent reader
What about Anne Rosenfeld’s performance did you like?
she sounds like a Victorian woman
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a great little Victorian vampire story to listen to with tea I first read this classic years ago when I bought the Dracula book of great vampire stories its great having it in audio format and ann rosenfield is the perfect reader for this story its not a scary story just slightly eerie and oozing with Victorian style a must for any fan of classic folkloric vampire tales
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