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This novel is written by the author of, among other novels, the Stories of Sherlock Holmes. It is narrated by John Fothergill West, who tries to discover why the tenant of Cloomber Hall, General Heatherstone, is nervous to the point of being paranoid. Why are his fears becoming stronger every year at the fifth of October? And why doesn't he let his children leave home? This is a great mystery novel with a sharp twist at the end.
Interesting but not very suspenseful story overall. The narrator was very good with various voices for the characters. ( Chapter 8 narration has an accent very difficult to understand, but the chapter doesn't contain any necessary plot points, so can be skipped if needed.) Not my favorite Doyle story but worth a listen.
Not one of the great stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Maybe it was my lack of comprehension but I found that there was a certain confusion about the various religions referred to, Hindus, Buddhists, etc as if they were all one? Also, if the 'thrice blessed one' was so learned, why did he not see 'it' coming and avoid the situation, thereby negating the suffering that was to come? The narrator while mostly good has made it hard for the listener. In his effort to create individual characters some of those characters cannot be understood.
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