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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,051 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Horace Walpole Narrator: Neville Jason Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Castle of Otranto is regarded as the first Gothic novel. The son of Manfred, Prince of Otranto, is mysteriously killed on his wedding day by a huge helmet. The event leads to a fast-paced story of jealous passion, intrigue, murder, and supernatural phenomena unfolding in an atmosphere of thunderclaps, moonlight, and dark castle walls, mirroring the inner turmoils of the characters themselves. Horace Walpole's tale, an immediate success when it first appeared in 1764, is a classic of its genre. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tabitha Ormiston-Smith | 2/4/2014

    " Wonderful stuff! The gothic novel at its finest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob | 1/26/2014

    " What a romp! Enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Keely | 1/22/2014

    " Another read for my research into early horror as I work on my own supernatural Victorian tale, but in the end I have to agree with Lovecraft's assessment in his Supernatural Horror in Literature that Walpole's style is insipid and full of silly melodrama. It's not hard to see why it was so influential, as it introduced a great number of interesting ideas and symbols, but like so many books that inspired a genre, its the fact that original author did so little with those ideas that left room for better writers to improve upon it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nikki | 1/21/2014

    " I've been meaning to read this for ages since this is considered to be the first gothic novel and I really like some of the older gothic novels I've read. I should've realised from the start though that exactly because it is the first one of its genre that it is not perfect - at all. Later gothic novels have weeded out some of the bad aspects of the genre and perfected the good ones, but this book is still very raw. It's not terrible, but it's definitely not as good as some of the later works in the genre. "

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