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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400181063
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Miss Cornelia Van Gorder has left her New York City home for a vacation in an isolated country mansion with her beautiful young niece, neurotic maid, pompous butler, and a mysterious but genteel young man, only to find herself the victim of an elusive master criminal known as the Bat.

The spirited and headstrong spinster is not easily fazed, until one stormy night when she stumbles on a corpse. She musters all her nerves to play the vicious killer’s deadly game and confront the Bat once and for all. The Bat, which draws from The Circular Staircase but adds some new plot complexities—namely, the villainous Bat—shows Mary Roberts Rinehart at the height of her career and is considered her greatest work.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malia Jones | 2/19/2014

    " I liked this. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had actually read it instead of an audio book, but it kept me company on the drive to ND by myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/13/2014

    " This book is put out there like this author comparable to Agatha Christie and contemporary with her. The heroine of the story was said to be akin and being about like Miss Marple. Not at all. she was not really even in the forefront of the story. She really gathered no clues, seemed weak, really did nothing as far as action and seemed to have little personality. The story was not as witty as Miss Marple's sleuthing and sweetness. The only claim to fame this woman had was a deed at the end which did save the day, or night in this case. There was really no stand out characters and all were rather annoying. but, hey the book was free so worth a 2 star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/6/2014

    " Another nice country manor house mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/15/2014

    " A friend who knows that I am interested in mysteries and in books published between the world wars, loaned me an anthology of three Mary Roberts Rinehart novels, so you will be seeing the other two in a week or two. Mary Roberts Rinehart has often been called the "American Agatha Christie". This is a comparison with which I would argue. She is also the author most identified with the phrase "the butler did it" (although she never said that phrase)and the "Had I But Known" school of mysteries. This book was obviously meant to be read by young women, late at night, with, hopefully, a storm of impressive magnitude raging outside. Published in 1926, the "mystery" was the part of the book that I enjoyed the least. More important to me was the picture of the period that the book portrayed. Gender, class, and race issues were all present in this book in a major way. The central character, Miss Cornelia Van Gorder, is an indomitable 65 year old spinster of means who rather than shrinking from the chaos of the mystery leads the charge into its unraveling. She is the "new woman" of the 20s (although a bit older than most of the examples of her type in the literature of the period) who looks beyond the traditional social mores and gender roles and wants the same for her niece. She refuses to be coerced by the men around her, enjoys the upheaval of the mysterious events in the mansion that she has rented for the summer, and decides that she has followed the rules long enough. Less appealing are the roles that class and race play in the novel. Lizzie has been Cornelia's Irish maid for decades and Lizzie is obviously from a different class than Cornelia. Lizzie is no doubt loved by Cornelia, but that doesn't stop her employer from verbally abusing her and on one occasion, slapping her hand and threatening to lock her in her room. Lizzie demonstrates her class origins by continually becoming hysterical, needing to be attended to, and by her inability to cope with the situation in which she finds herself. The stereotype of the faithful, Irish servant with all of the folkways, superstitions, and terrors of the old country are assigned to her. Cornelia has to solve the mystery as well as deal with Lizzie's constant overblown emotions throughout the book clearly indicating which class each occupies and the values of each of those social classes. And, finally, the racial attitudes of the 1920s are highly visible in the literary treatment of Billy. Billy is the Japanese-American butler of the recently deceased owner of the mansion and he is mocked in every conceivable way. His manner of speaking and pronunciation of words, the color of his skin, the fact that he doesn't reveal his emotions, and the suspicion in which he is held by many of the characters (except Cornelia) all highlight the racial prejudices of many white Americans of the 1920s. But looking at this book primarily as a period piece makes the action in the novel all the more interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 1/14/2014

    " This is pretty similar to Rinehart's "The Circular Staircase" in many, many ways. Still enjoyable, but not exactly a thrill. More interesting did I find the book from a sociological/cultural standpoint, since it was the basis for a lot of old performance and purportedly one of Bob Kane's inspirations in creating the character of Batman. And, in the initial descriptions of The Bat, you can totally see it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2014

    " This book hasn't aged well, e.g. bosoms heave, ethnicity is disparaged and one character is cowed by the innate social superiority of another character. But the plot is ok, even if a bit of it is borrowed from other of the author's works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 1/6/2014

    " I thought this book wasn't going to be so interesting, but it was. It was an easy read with a surprise ending. At least, it was to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 12/5/2013

    " I swear that for the first half of this book I thought I was rereading "The Circular Staircase." Not great, but not bad either; I honestly think I prefer her romances. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 11/16/2013

    " It wasn't my favorite detective novel but it was okay. I was proud of myself\bored to have figured the who-done-it so early! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/30/2013

    " First intro to Ms.Rinehart and I loved her. She writes like Agatha Christie. This book was short and to the point, I was sorry I didn't get a chance to check any others out in March for the author read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette Brown | 9/28/2013

    " Listening to the audio book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/19/2013

    " This is a classic old-fashioned mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Fisher | 11/17/2012

    " too similar to the circular staircase!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cici G | 10/28/2012

    " Read years and years ago. I remember it as incredibly engaging. Would be good to re-read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 6/8/2012

    " Too much like Rinehart's The Circular Staircase. Same plot, same types of characters, if you've read that no need to read this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/7/2012

    " Wasn't very well written. Would make for a great scary movie though. Lots of suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Nesbit-comer | 11/28/2011

    " a very face paced mystery full of a dark mansion, stormy night, multiple suspects, hidden rooms, a villian named the bat, a doctor who makes house calls, and well it was pretty good. I love these sorts of mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue T | 8/10/2011

    " As a mystery lover, I was really looking forward to this. I had heard Mary Roberts Rinehart compared favorably with Agatha Christie, who is one of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately I was disappointed with this. The dialogue seemed stilted at times and things just didn't flow for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonic | 4/29/2011

    " Surprising how much of The Bat was ripped off to become Batman, even the bat signal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 4/27/2011

    " The "culprit," nicknamed the Bat, was too obvious. At times, the plot was too contrived. It is not worth recommending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 4/26/2011

    " This book hasn't aged well, e.g. bosoms heave, ethnicity is disparaged and one character is cowed by the innate social superiority of another character. But the plot is ok, even if a bit of it is borrowed from other of the author's works.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/14/2011

    " Another nice country manor house mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/28/2010

    " Loved this book. They made a movie out of it with Agnes Moorhead and Vincent Price. It was good but a different timeline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 7/28/2010

    " The "culprit," nicknamed the Bat, was too obvious. At times, the plot was too contrived. It is not worth recommending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goth Nerd | 7/5/2010

    " Fun book! She's been called America's answer to Agatha Christie. Def. worthy of that title - a fun little mystery - will be adding her other mysteries to my 'to read' list ^^ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 11/12/2009

    " I swear that for the first half of this book I thought I was rereading "The Circular Staircase." Not great, but not bad either; I honestly think I prefer her romances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cici | 8/23/2008

    " Read years and years ago. I remember it as incredibly engaging. Would be good to re-read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/18/2008

    " More twists than a Law&Order, but with horribly-dated terms for the Japanese character. But still very good for the old mystery suspense genre. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958), born in Pittsburgh, was a novelist and playwright best known for her mystery stories, which combined humor with ingenuity. The success of her novels The Circular Staircase and The Man in Lower Ten established her reputation as an important American mystery writer; at one time she was the highest paid writer in America. In addition to mysteries, she wrote comic tales, plays, romances, and travel books, some of which reflected her experiences as a correspondent during World War I. One critic called her autobiography, My Story, her finest book.

About the Narrator

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.