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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hill Narrator: Paul Andsell, Jessica Rushton Publisher: Long Barn Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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A mysterious depiction of masked revellers at the Venice carnival hangs in the college rooms of Oliver's old professor in Cambridge. On this cold winter's night, its eerie secret is revealed by the ageing don. The dark art of the Venetian scene, instead of imitating life, has the power to entrap it.

To stare into the painting is to play dangerously with the unseen demons it hides, and become the victim of its macabre beauty.... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/16/2014

    " Succinct and spooky! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/12/2014

    " Great stort- great build up- very boring ending! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ptaylor | 2/8/2014

    " After reading and enjoying The Woman in Black, I tried this one. Hill does a good job of creating atmosphere and tension, but I found the story predictable. Clarissa reminded me of Jennet, the angry and crazed ghost from The Woman in Black. It's short and doesn't take long to read, but it's very easy to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/27/2014

    " Having just finished The Small Hand I wanted to read another ghost story so picked this one up by the same authoress. Another chilling novel which made me want to keep reading. There was only one bit which I wanted to skip but didn't. I'm looking forward to reading some more books of hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Rose | 1/22/2014

    " This is another genuinely creepy ghost story novella from Susan Hill, in short if you like the women in black, (I don't know about the film or stage versions, just the book), then you will like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/15/2014

    " WOW this book was so creepy, I'm never buying an old piece of art EVER!!! i think was a great pick for a halloween challenge. Ms.Hill does an amazing job scaring the bajeezie out of you, she never disappoints me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hana Candelaria | 1/15/2014

    " I was hoping for a scare, but this book didn't deliver for me. It's an easy, short read, with a plot line that reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridgid | 12/2/2013

    " Pacing was a little slow, and I found the story within a story to be distracting. This was a tame thriller, I didn't find it as creepy as I had hoped for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/30/2013

    " This is a great little ghost story. The writing is beautifully descriptive and quickly enthralled me and transported me to the places and eras in each chapter. A quietly creepy story that I thoroughly enjoyed. A quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jannes | 11/29/2013

    " A Damn-near perfect ghost story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Overlook | 11/17/2013

    " A wonderfully creepy little gem. Perfect for a rainy night in by yourself... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mandy | 9/20/2013

    " reads like a short ghost story, which it essentially is since the book is itty bitty and only 140 pages, with large margins. Not exceptionally riveting, but interesting enough. I may try another of her longer books sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daver | 2/28/2013

    " Decent, a little dragging at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gavin | 12/9/2012

    " A rather short tome from Susan Hill and despite the cover saying it rivals The Woman in Black, it really does not. It's still a highly effective and interesting little read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Watson | 11/27/2012

    " Wonderfully evocative and escapist short ghost story. This is a book to read by the fire on a cold winter's night. It's not going to change the world, but provides a couple of hours of wondering whether there is something to worry about in any of the pictures in your home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael Moss | 10/15/2012

    " Did you read THE WOMAN IN BLACK? This is the same basic story, motive mildly altered, and there's a painting in it and Venice. As soon as the villain arrives on the scene, you'll know the entire book. But, it's Susan Hill, and thus well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Silvia | 5/22/2012

    " I have mixed feelings about this story. I started very promising and it ended abruptly and without making sense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Myriam | 3/12/2012

    " Slecht geschreven, ontgoochelend verhaal. Veel herhalingen van dingen die je al wist. Bladvulling die irritatie opwekt . Er verdwijnen voortdurend mensen en op het einde weet je nog niet wat er aan de hand is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Haines | 1/2/2012

    " I love Susan Hill and after reading Woman In Black when I was at school, I had to read more. This book is very creepy and shows just how much bitterness can linger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 9/28/2011

    " A fairly routine, but nevertheless pleasurable, novella. Hill has her gothic technique down to a fine art, although at times the mechanisms clank a little in places. On the whole, though, this is a disturbing and poignant homage to the late Victorian ghost story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Guidarini | 4/10/2011

    " Victorianesque, formal language used to craft a Dorian Gray-ish tale of gothic horror. A quickie read that's fairly predictable but a fun example of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 10/17/2010

    " An eerie little story with lots of atmosphere. Part of the fun is the pleasant typography. Perfect for Halloween. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Hill

Susan Hill, a full-time writer since 1963, has written over forty novels, numerous nonfiction books, novellas, short stories, and several books for children. She was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards for her adult novels, as well as the Smarties Prize for a children’s book.