Eerily told and prosaically performed, this ghost story recounts what appears to be the simple life of William Bellman and his subsequent rise to fortune. Little does he know that a chance act of childhood cruelty will shift his life into the realm of the macabre. Narrator Jack Davenport superbly captures the ambiance of rural Victorian England, a setting that has echoes of Thomas Hardy's works. Davenport captures life in a textile mill with an admirable ease of expression, pacing, accent, and tone. The plot slips into the gothic when a mysterious stranger appears, altering William's life, and Davenport's performance reflects the shift with a deeper and darker tone. The black rook that weaves throughout the story adds a bleak and haunting presence. A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2013]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9781442364387 $39.99 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9781442364394 $23.99
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2013
CS ISBN 978-1-4703-6453-3 $77.75 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN 9781470364526 $77.75 Eight CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4703-9029-7 $49.75 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4703-6454-0 $78.00
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