The Mystery Of Cloomber

Read by Delmar H Dolbier

(4.1 stars; 528 reviews)

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. (Summary by Wikipedia and Stav Nisser) (5 hr 20 min)


great story, engaging reader

(5 stars)

Don't be put off by bad reviews of this reader. He's a very good reader and does what he can to do different voices and to make the story engaging. It is not at all easy to read a story aloud in a fluid, intelligible, entertaining manner. This guy is very good in his own way. Just because someone's style isn't to your tastes doesn't mean you are justified in running down the work he did for free and for your enjoyment.

A dramatic reading

(4 stars)

The reader's skill brought to life a list of strange characters; a bit of a weird story - but fun listening!

wonderfully suspenseful story

(5 stars)

I have Previously reviewed Mr. Dolbier' read of this as outstanding... Still do. Noticed other reviewers did not agree and found the dialog difficult to understand. Too bad they did not allow time for their ears to grow accustomed to the totally accurate Scottish dialects which Mr. Dolbier used to add spice to his narration. Those dialects lifted the piece up from an ordinary reading to a theatrical presentation.

Pretty good book

(4 stars)

I felt like a few loose ends were present, and I think Doyle could have done more with the mystery aspect of the story, but it's still worth a listen. The sins of the past never quite leave the man who has a guilty conscience. The reader was EXCELLENT, wonderful voice and cadence and great job with characters. Enjoy!

Great listen

(5 stars)

Although the narrator is somewhat hard to understand at times, this is a great listen! High quality writing and reading

Interesting but strange

(4 stars)

interesting but strange story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I love accents. I thought the reader did a good job of trying to give each character a different accent in the thick countrymen brogue although a few took more intense listening skills to understand.

Not his best but still worth the effort.

(4 stars)

The readers accents take some getting used to, some of the minor characters sound as if they had spent their formative years in a Max Brand novel! Though kudos to the reader's peserverence.

(5 stars)

love both story and narrator not the typical Sir AKD book but just as good and that's why he's great