Cecilia de Noël

Read by David Wales

(3.8 stars; 6 reviews)

Cecilia de Noël is an original and cleverly told ghost story, published in 1891. The story is told, Rashomon-like, from six different viewpoints. - Summary by Wikipedia and David Wales (3 hr 29 min)


Chapter 1 Atherley's Gospel 28:11 Read by David Wales
Chapter 2 The Stranger's Gospel 28:34 Read by David Wales
Chapter 3 Mrs. Mostyn's Gospel 28:50 Read by David Wales
Chapter 4 Canon Vernade's Gospel 29:21 Read by David Wales
Chapter 5 Austyn's Gospel 29:24 Read by David Wales
Chapter 6 Mrs. Molyneux's Gospel 33:11 Read by David Wales
Chapter 7 Cecilia's Gospel 32:15 Read by David Wales


Interesting mechanism: multiple viewpoints. Fun story.

(4 stars)

As the description says, each chapter of the story is told from a different person's viewpoint. To lessen confusion, let me point out that each chapter is not retelling the whole story, but continues the story from approximately where the last one left off. Fun and intriguing. And who is the mysterious Cecilia de Noel?? Is there really a ghost? Most unusually, the story also explores the Christian religion and its practices, and laments the hypocrisy of many (or most?) Christians at the time.

(0.5 stars)

Tedious, nothing new in the multiple points of view or ideas expressed. Why does David Wales waste his fine reading voice on so much schlock?


(5 stars)

Odd but engaging little tale, well narrated and with a good noise free recording.

Four stars here too.

(4 stars)

Most entertaining.