Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, July 4, 2019
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.