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Editorial 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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Publisher's Summary

A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises  - 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.
©2009 Naxos Audiobooks; (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks
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By Maria on 10-05-11

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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By Darryl on 05-12-13

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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By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 07-24-14

enjoyed the play so bought the book.

If you could sum up The Canterville Ghost in three words, what would they be?

charming short story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

liked them all, including the ghost.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favourite?

he did a good job of performing all the characters which made it a good listening experience.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

already seen it as a play on tv many years ago in black and white.

Any additional comments?

enjoyed the story with its little bits of humour. as it is just over an hour long can be listened to in one sitting. remembered the blood on the carpet senario from the play.<br/>its the shortest book I have listened to.

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By Nessa on 09-20-17

Fabulous classic

I never get tired of this story and loved this performance. Great story and narration. Ideal for on a walk or journey.

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