The Lair of the White Worm
The Lair of the White Worm (also known as The Garden of Evil) is a horror novel by Anglo-Irish author Bram Stoker, who also wrote Dracula. It was published in 1911.
This book centers on Adam Salton who is contacted by his great uncle in England, for the purpose of establishing a relationship between these last two members of the family. Adam travels to Richard Salton's house in Mercia, and quickly finds himself in the center of some inexplicable occurrences. The new heir to the Caswall estate, Edgar Caswall appears to be making some sort of a mesmeric assault on a local girl. And, a local lady, Arabella March, seems to be running a game of her own, perhaps angling to become Mrs. Caswall. There is something strange about Lady March, something inexplicable and evil.... (Summary from Wikipedia)
Note: This book contains racial comments that may be offensive to modern listeners.(5 hr 48 min)
|Adam Salton Arrives||8:51||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The Caswalls of Castra Regis||14:45||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Diana's Grove||8:45||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The Lady Arabella March||17:03||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The White Worm||13:38||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Hawk and Pigeon||11:09||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Oolanga||10:54||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Survivals||15:30||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Smelling Death||10:42||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The Kite||15:36||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Mesmer's Chest||10:42||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The Chest Opened||10:15||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Oolanga's Hallucinations||11:01||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Battle Renewed||17:52||Read by Betsie Bush|
|On the Track||6:03||Read by Betsie Bush|
|A Visit of Sympathy||9:32||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The Mystery of "The Grove"||7:39||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Exit Oolanga||9:16||Read by Betsie Bush|
|An Enemy in the Dark||12:11||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Metabolism||13:39||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Green Light||13:07||Read by Betsie Bush|
|At Close Quarters||5:57||Read by Betsie Bush|
|In The Enemy's House||14:17||Read by Betsie Bush|
|A Startling Proposition||13:29||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The Last Battle||14:26||Read by Betsie Bush|
|Face to Face||12:25||Read by Betsie Bush|
|On the Turret Roof||14:47||Read by Betsie Bush|
|The Breaking of the Storm||24:52||Read by Betsie Bush|
Readers choose what they record
No LibriVox reader is ever assigned anything. It is purely personal choice what he/she records. As Betsie said, she expected better from the author, and was disappointed with the book. Nevertheless she finished recording it instead of wasting her work, in the hope that some listeners would enjoy it more than she did. Good for her, I say!
@ Parsnips. Let's try to be accurate in our statements. You very wrongly assert that Shadows_Girl is always trashing Librivox readings. I checked - that not at all true. See, e.g., The White People. Shaodows_Girl most often reviews movies and radio. @Shadows_Girl. I like critic s who are willing to give an honest rating. (I've been told to "be NICE or say nothing", advice I shall ignore). However, I would be interested to see you give us more basis than you do. It's not true that Librivox listeners are LAZY. Neither can any movie be considered a substitute for the original book. So, thanks, but stay on topic; let's comment on the piece and the performance.
Uncomfortable and Unremarkable
Though some racial insensitivity is to be expected in older books, The Lair of the White Worm was so offensive that I found myself cringing through half of it. The story is alright, but it's nothing special.
i probably enjoyed it more because i saw the movie, though similar really only in title. it kept me listening through the slow beginning but it was probably one of his weaker stories. and of course the use of the n-word was quite a bit much for me. it was in of itself like a b-movie just not the one of the same title.
A good enough story but-
Its a good enough story but the racist language within it is cringeworthy and spoilt it for me. Even considering the year it was written there is no excuse for it. I would skip this book if I was you and choose another.
Shadow girl's suggestion that you should watch the film is a terrible one.
What if everyone in your tiny English village was made miserable by an oppresive force? Wouldn't that be terrible? Well, yes, but not, of itself, interesting. That's not the reader's fault. Stoker just doesn't shock us anymore. "The young lady with the temper might be an ancient, evil dragon dressed as a debutante!" was pretty scary back in his day: now it's monster of the week stuff from any number of television programs.
Edit to add on 5/26/2010: I did indeed select this book to record... for the following three reasons: 1) At the time I recorded this, I was reading aloud to my husband, so we were choosing books we thought we both might enjoy. 2) It was also selected because it was on the short side as it was one of the first full books that I recorded solo, and I wanted to have a chance at actually finishing it. 3) Most importantly, it had the word "worm" in the title (recorded right after "Fishing with a Worm")... incidentally, there weren't very many books in Project Gutenberg about worms at the time =D
I have listened to the other version, and it is pretty good with a few GE tweaks. The story itself is just bad, IMHO. I fail to see why all the "I disagree with your review and I am going to insult you for it" comments are coming out. Everyone is entitled to their perspective; that's why the reviews are averaged out. Enough listeners will give a good idea of where the book is at.