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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yasemin | 2/17/2014

    " This is one of the best ghost stories I've ever read. Very clever, very funny, great insight onto US culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/29/2014

    " The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is a short, fun read. Even though it is about a really horrible old ghost, and the family he tries to haunt is ridiculous, I felt some affection for most of the characters, which made a refreshing change from some of the darker books and stories I've read lately. I recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny Johns | 1/22/2014

    " I would like to have a ghost like him "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamellia | 1/9/2014

    " It is a funny little book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/25/2013

    " A short read and is witty and clever. A different take on a ghost story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/25/2013

    " I loved this book. I was giggling the whole time...well most of the time. (I am a chicken, and should never read anything with the word 'ghost' in the title at midnight, alone in my living room.) I loved how the Ghost chose his characters and costumes with such care. I think my favorite line of the whole book was "He selected Friday, the 17th of August, for his appearance, and spent most of that day in looking over his wardrobe, ultimately deciding in favour of a large slouched hat with a red feather, a winding-sheet frilled at the wrists and neck, and a rusty dagger." It sounded like a Mary Higgins-Clark heroine deciding what to wear before she pulls her hair into a chignon, dons a caftan, and begins to make her omelet. Delicious fun. My favorite characters of the book were the horrid little Otis Twins. Oh, they were naughty! Having little naughty boys of my own, their antics seemed quite plausible and hilarious. Oh, the Facebook statuses Mrs. Otis could post about those two! Of course, I was frustrated that the story drops off before giving you the really scary bits, but oh well. It was just so much fun. I am sure there is some piece of fan-fiction, somewhere, that speculates on Virginia's scary ordeal. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandrovich Gamboa | 12/23/2013

    " Lo mejor de lo mejor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrewcharles420 | 12/23/2013

    " Quick read! Cute, in a very rom-com sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Masch1 | 11/12/2013

    " Predictable, but I always enjoy Wilde's style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/9/2013

    " This has to be the best-ever written short story in the history of the genre. Whenever I'm feeling down, I go to my bookshelf and pull out this story. I feel better after reading the first couple of pages. The writing is superb, and it's just so freakin' funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Wortham Wick | 10/30/2013

    " I find I prefer Wilde's more serious books. This is a very short read ,blink & you will be done with it. ...good ideas in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madelyn | 10/19/2013

    " What a fun romp! The efforts of the poor old ghost to scare the practical, very American Otis family, made me laugh aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 3/17/2013

    " A very fun Halloween-season story. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 1/7/2013

    " Such a fun tale..good chuckles. I can't understand why I have waited so long to read it. I'm finding another Oscar Wilde book soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 3/12/2012

    " A delightful little story about a family who terrorizes a ghost instead of the other way around. I love a book, like this one, that can make me smile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Piyush Vikas | 3/1/2012

    " According to my view this book will definitely help u in Class 11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Youdid | 12/13/2011

    " Sehr guter und kurzweiliger Oscar-Wilde-Roman, nur das Gespenst tat mir leid "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlyn | 10/31/2011

    " really, really funny. classic wilde, very enjoyable and pleasing read :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 5/20/2011

    " This is a great quick read that is so much fun! I have no idea why I have never read Oscar Wilde before! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chiara | 2/22/2011

    " This book had me laughing myself to an early grave. Here you see Wilde's amusing side, but he still maintains an elegant and thought out style throughout. Enjoyable and need I say it again? Laugh your pants off funny. A true representation of what life would be like if ghosts existed! Lovely! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler-Rose Veguez | 2/10/2011

    " I loved the characters in this - the frustrated old ghost, the unflappable Americans. All of them were delightful and their chemistry hilarious. As with most Oscar Wilde short stories, there is a very depressing twist to the end. But it does end happily for all involved. A fun little short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 12/31/2010

    " It's a funny ghost story, which means it's appeared in a whole lot of anthologies. I love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ettore.bilbo | 11/16/2010

    " Davvero interessante questa raccolta di racconti di Wilde, su tutti: Il delitto di Lord Arthur Savile.
    Tre e mezzo direi più che tre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 11/11/2009

    " The short stories were great. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin in 1854. He won scholarships to both Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by the radical aesthetics of Walter Pater. Flamboyant wit and man-about-town, Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. After publishing two volumes of short stories between 1887 and 1891, his social-comedy plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest established his critical and commercial success. In 1895 Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct and died in Paris in obscurity a few years after his release.

About the Narrator

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.