Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 4, 2019

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This week’s two free audiobooks share some paranormal—and humorous—highlights. Just right for late night listening, they provide enough suspense to keep listeners in thrall and enough romance to satisfy anyone who would rather spend time with human affairs than apparitions.


Nicola Barber gives a dramatic performance to Maureen Johnson’s THE NAME OF THE STAR, provided to SYNC by Brilliance Publishing. Listeners are swept into American teenager Rory’s new life in London—and, with her, are almost immediately plunged into what seem to be latter-day Jack the Ripper murders. The Ripper’s a person of more than a hundred years ago, right?  That’s not how Rory, and Rory alone, sees him.

Rupert Degas then takes listeners on an entertaining ride through Oscar Wilde’s THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, published by Naxos AudioBooks. If you haven’t had a previous opportunity to enjoy this narrator, we can promise you’ll come away a fan. His comic timing perfectly fits and amplifies this far-from-serious tale of the haunting of Canterville Chase, and sound effects at nearly every mention of ambient noise turn this audiobook into an invisible movie. This is a listen you may want to enjoy while not otherwise engaged. Take a couple hours off just to listen and laugh. You'll find yourself wanting to retell this story to your friends.

Check the listen-alike suggestions at the bottom of each of the download pages for ideas to take to your library's audiobook collection if this pair of audiobooks whets your appetite for more light-weight ghost stories.

Pictured above are narrators Nicola Barber and Rupert Degas.

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