The Red Lamp


Read by Zach Hoyt

(2.6 stars; 19 reviews)

William A. Porter, professor of English, inherits a large seaside house from his Uncle Horace. He is not fully satisfied with the explanation of his uncle's death. He moves to the lodge for the following summer with his wife and niece, and rents out the main house. Mysterious and sinister things begin to happen at night in the neighborhood. Local superstitions center around a red lamp in the house which some believe exerts a baleful influence. The professor must try to find out what is going on without himself becoming the center of suspicion. (Summary by Zach Hoyt) (7 hr 5 min)

Chapters

Introduction by William A. Porter 8:25 Read by Zach Hoyt
William A. Porter's Journal, June 16-21 23:12 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, June 22-27 26:46 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, June 28-July 2 24:24 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, July 3-6 25:59 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, July 7-14 31:55 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, July 15-18 24:00 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, July 19-24 21:28 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, July 25-29 27:07 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, July 30-August 5 25:50 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, August 6-13 24:14 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, August 14-16 26:21 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, August 17-23 24:39 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, August 24-31 21:27 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, September 1-5 16:45 Read by Zach Hoyt
Journal, September 6-10 26:48 Read by Zach Hoyt
Conclusion, Chapter 1 6:14 Read by Zach Hoyt
Conclusion, Chapter 2 6:18 Read by Zach Hoyt
Conclusion, Chapter 3 15:06 Read by Zach Hoyt
Conclusion, Chapter 4 18:13 Read by Zach Hoyt

Reviews

Bad reader ruins the story


(2 stars)

Rinehart is one of my favorite authors, but I could not handle this reader. Even slowing the speed down, I couldn't get past the first chapter. What a shame.

Deserves more credit than previous reviews give


(4 stars)

Okay so here’s the thing: Mary Roberts Rinehart is my favorite author. When I saw on the LibriVox forums that “The Red Lamp” was a project in progress, it genuinely made my day and gave me something to look forward to for several weeks. Thank you to everyone who worked on this project, seriously. The reader was fine. Not great, not terrible, just fine. I have heard a few LibriVox readers who are *significantly* worse than this one and even some of them grew on me after a while, so I was not too fazed by his intonation and speed. In fact, I came to enjoy it. I found that slowing the speed down did help quite a bit. I’m honestly grateful there’s another MRR audiobook out there for free, so I’d give this reader a pass and just suggest he work on female voices. As for the story, it’s another slow and steady mystery that I, personally, have come to appreciate. It has that summer vacation in the 1920s vibe like “The Circular Staircase.” I would say it’s more plot-driven than character-driven, like “The Circular Staircase.” Is “The Red Lamp” MRR’s best work? No, but it’s worth listening to if you really like her works. Both the book and the reader deserve more credit than the previous reviews give them. I’d give this audiobook 3.5 stars, which I am rounding up to 4.

Odd Story


(2 stars)

The reader is not my favourite but is much easier to understand if you slow down the listening speed. The story was meh. It felt like it couldn't decide if it wanted to be a supernatural or actual mystery. If it was supposed to be creepy I certainly wasn't feeling it.


(1.5 stars)

Zonde van zijn tijd. Breid alle woorden aan elkaar

I can't listen to this reader


(1.5 stars)

listen to


(0.5 stars)

I lasted less than 60 seconds because I HATE the reader!!!!!! His voice is NOT SUITABLE for reading!!!! I wish these bad readers, wouldn't be accepted because, many of them have ruined the stories for others!! The fact that this service is free, is totally irrelevant!! The volunteers can either do the job properly or not do it at all!!

Awful


(0.5 stars)

I realise that these are volunteers, but I couldn't get past 5 minutes with this reader.