Olalla


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.1 stars; 62 reviews)

"Olalla" was a "shilling shocker" written for the Christmas season in 1885, just before the publication of Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The nameless protagonist of this Gothic tale, a wounded soldier, goes to the Spanish countryside to recuperate. He finds himself enthralled by the beautiful Olalla, the daughter of his hostess, whose family conceals a terrible secret. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

(1 hr 39 min)

Chapters

1 - Part 1 23:27 Read by Elizabeth Klett
2 - Part 2 26:54 Read by Elizabeth Klett
3 - Part 3 23:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
4 - Part 4 25:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

Difficult to understand

(3 stars)

Maybe it went over my head with so many implications; or possibly I interpreted too deeply. They're crazy so just leave them alone?

Decent story, good recording

(3 stars)

I enjoyed this gothic horror story, though the ending seemed a bit of a letdown -- nothing really new developed. Interesting and atmospheric though. A fine, clear recording by the same Librivox reader who recorded Carmilla (which this story reminded me of).

Unexpectedly beautiful

(3.5 stars)

Read as usual marvelously by Elizabeth Klett. Thank you! A beautiful story, leaves WAAAAY too many questions open. I understand why so many people said they felt as if the ending were missing. ... its open. I assume.

(5 stars)

19th century gothic tale in the style of Mysteries of Udolpho and Fall of the House of Usher. it's enigmatic, but don't look up an interpretation before you read it. & don't read it before you go to sleep!

(4.5 stars)

I don't think I have read anything by this author that is mediocre; Olalla is no exception. I enjoyed this creepy tale, and especially narrated by Elizabeth Klett! Thanks again Elizabeth!!

interesting

(3 stars)

I found that the narrator read through certain parts very quickly, then slower at other parts; which effected the telling of the tale. Good story though.

GOTHIC? HORROR? ALLEGORY?

(4 stars)

Unclassifiable but a well-done study which seems to tread on the verge of the super natural. Worth a listen.

Different & good

(4 stars)

It rather left me wishing there was more to the story. Of course EK is an amazing reader.