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The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (821 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilkie Collins Narrator: Traci Svendsgaard Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When the Countess Narona meets Agnes Lockwood, the woman jilted by her fiancé, she feels a great sense of foreboding. After Countess Narona’s marriage, she moves with her husband, Lord Montbarry, to Venice. There, disowned by his family, the lord apparently becomes a recluse and falls fatally ill. As much as Agnes tries to forget the episode of her broken engagement, her fate and that of the countess seem to be inextricably woven. Both are relentlessly drawn to the Palace Hotel in Venice for a final and dramatic encounter in the room where more than past emotions resurface to haunt them.

Loosely based on a case from the annals of French crime, the scene, scenery, players, conflicts, and especially the horror of this mystery come through the invention of one of our classic novelists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this story, as the chief character is internally melodramatic, the story itself ceases to be merely melodramatic and partakes of true drama.”

    T. S. Eliot

  • “A pleasingly nasty affair.”

    Times (London)

  • “It is is this formula of the exciting and at times a fanciful plot tinged with the supernatural but peopled by wholly credible and engaging characters that make The Haunted Hotel:A Mystery of Modern Venice such a fascinating read. In essence Collins’ ideas, themes, and motifs introduced in earlier works are streamlined and concentrated here into this tight novella.”

    David Stuart Davies, editor, writer, and playwright

  • “One of the best ghost stories of the century.”

    Nuel Pharr Davis, author of The Life of Wilkie Collins

Listener Reviews

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Linda | 2/19/2014

    " Saw this in the 'Classics' section of my library so gave it a whirl. I quite enjoyed reading it, in a gothic horror sort of way, but it was nowhere near as good as The Moonstone or The Woman in White. Still, glad I tried it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Jen | 2/17/2014

    " This book was really disappointing. It could have been so much better if just rearranged a bit, or written in first person by Henry or Agatha. Still a fan of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, so I will keep trying other Collins, they have to be better than this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Eddy Allen | 2/9/2014

    " Is there no explanation of the mystery of The Haunted Hotel? Is The Haunted Hotel the tale of a haunting -- or the tale of a crime? The ghost of Lord Montberry haunts the Palace Hotel in Venice --- or does it? Montberry's beautiful-yet-terrifying wife, the Countess Narona, and her erstwhile brother are the center of the terror that fills the Palace Hotel. Are their malefactions at the root of the haunting -- or is there something darker, something much more unknowable at work? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Aingheal Apryll | 2/8/2014

    " I had expected more from this book. The plot is very interesting, intricate, complex and farfetched; good for a gothic novel. Style of writing is... not that great. Add to that, that I've the feeling the narrator is a sexist bastard (as well towards men as women). Do not want. "

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About the Author
Author Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins (1824–1889) studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. Instead, he devoted his time to writing and is best known for his novels The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale, and The Moonstone, which has been called the finest detective story ever written. A number of his works were collaborations with his close friend, Charles Dickens. The Woman in White so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: “Author of The Woman in White.”

About the Narrator

Traci Svendsgaard is a veteran of a twenty-five year voice-over career. In addition, she and her husband, Lars, host The Retro Lounge on Jefferson Public Radio. They live a simple life in Southern Oregon.