The Canterville Ghost

  • by Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • 1 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguisesĀ  - but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of the conflict between old and new. Rupert Degas's hilarious reading brings the absurdity and theatricality of the story to life.


Audible Editor Reviews

The combination of fantastic sound effects (ghostly laughs, a fainting housekeeper, a speeding carriage) and Rupert Degas's expert performance guarantees that listeners are in for a treat. After hearing about its resident ghost, an American family nevertheless takes up residence in a haunted mansion. Degas presents American and English accents to perfection. His comic delivery is hilarious on lines such as this utterance to the ghost: "I must insist that you oil those chains." The moving conclusion completes an enjoyable listening experience.


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Customer Reviews

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Family ghost story

A charming story read beautifully by Rupert Degas. Oscar Wilde turns the traditional ghost story on its head
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- Maria

a favorite

i read this long ago as a kid, it is in fact one of the earliest things i can remember reading and it stuck with me but it took many years for me to find it again. this is a great story, funny, touching, very visual. it is a story i always recommend to others, (after i re-discovered it years ago) and it is in my list of best short stories.
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- Darryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2009
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks