This collection represents the best of Alcott's adult oeuvre, starting with A Modern Mephistopheles, a dark Faustian tale inspired by A Long Fatal Love Chase. The stories in this volume display dramatic intensity and thrilling, suspenseful plots that show Alcott to be a complex and passionate writer. Readers will discover within this maelstrom of murder, deceit, obsessive desire, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can still conquer all.
The book takes its title from the tale "A Whisper in the Dark," arguably Alcott's high-gothic masterpiece, a story of imperiled innocence. Also featured are: "The Abbot's Ghost," one of Alcott's few thrillers that employs the supernatural; "Perilous Play," a sensationalist story in which she suggests that with the appropriate stimulation--in this case hashish--even the innocent reveal a dark side; and V.V.; or Plots and Counterplots, fraught with passion and jealousy that introduces the mysterious Virginie Varens, the darkest heroine in all of her work.
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Cassandra Campbell, Audie-nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.
Gabrielle de Cuir has narrated over one hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.
Guy Smith, a postgraduate of Cambridge University, England,
is a highly rated and diverse voice-over actor who has been heard in feature films, television commercials, and video games. He has voiced characters for
Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, and the Cartoon Network. He is also an accomplished abstract expressionist artist and a professor of speech communication.
Susan Hanfield is a 2014 Audie-nominated narrator, nominated for Ender’s Game Alive. Susan comes from a strong classical theater background and loves bringing deep characterizations to all of her work. She has narrated over twenty books including the six-book Night-Threads series by Ru Emerson. On camera, Susan has been seen commercially and in print in numerous international, national, and regional network spots. Susan also played the title character in Magdalene, an award-winning short film.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you loved Hawthorne, this is the book you must read! Who would've thought Louisa May Alcott could write such purely gothic romances? Death, betrayal, deciet, ghosts... this collection has it all. I highly recommend it. What a pity Alcott's time did not appreciate these stories.