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The Haunted Bookshop

By: Christopher Morley
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
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Summary

In 1917, Christopher Morley published Parnassus on Wheels, a love letter to the art of bookselling. Its suspenseful sequel, The Haunted Bookshop, finds his beloved characters married and still in love with both mystery and literature.

Set in a lovingly evoked Brooklyn just after the end of World War I, The Haunted Bookshop cleverly juxtaposes a pair of middle-aged bookshop owners and two young lovers with a nest of German saboteurs, complete with mysterious clues, red herrings, blushing romance, derring-do, a desperate race to the rescue, and an explosion. More important, the novel is an eloquent hymn to the bookseller’s trade and a fervent plea for the revivifying and redemptive power of literature. The unifying thread of this book, and indeed of the life and work of its author, is its passionate avowal: all that the world and everybody in it needs is a good book.

©2014 Christopher Morley (P)2014 Skyboat Media

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  • Gillian
  • 19-05-15

Better Off Imagining A Sequel...

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Did poor narration make the sequel boring, or did writing that dragged and dragged and dragged give the narrator nothing to work with?
One of the problems is that "The Haunted Bookshop" seemed really conflicted about what it was trying to be. Charming? A tiny bit of that. Mystery? Tiny bit. Espionage? Tiny bit. Romance? Itty bit. SEVERAL bombastic lectures about many, many books, eras, authors, not even parsed out as discussions but vomited onto the page as diatribes? Oooooh, plenty, PLENTY of that! And keep in mind that Stefan Rudnicki's voice is that of an anchorman, or an historian. Considering that this novel takes place after World War I, I could easily hear Rudnicki narrating a lengthy historical work on the time period, and that would have been fine. This, however? What little charm there might have been was lost.
I would've missed Nadia May from "Parnassus On Wheels," but the characters were missing here, and she would've had nothing to work with. It was odd, really. In the last book, there was some scrapping that went on, but that just seemed like some hardheadedness. Here, I found individuals to be, quite simply, obnoxious and foul. Go figure.
I missed the characters, I guess.
Once again, I'll advise: If you do wish to listen to this: Get the kindle whispersync for cheap first, so you can get the special audible price. Trust me, you don't want to pay full price for this one...

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  • YDS
  • 12-01-21

Refreshing change from modern literature!

I so enjoyed listening to this book written in 1919! It was so refreshing to read a book without foul language without characters texting, Making phone calls or stealing information from computers. Refreshing to see a romance budding without sexual content. I enjoyed seeing the mystery develop And as always loving for the Gallant young man coming to rescue the Young woman in danger! The kind of story that is a good mystery and leaves you feeling good with a good ending! I appreciate the patriotic content

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  • Peggy S.
  • 17-08-16

Old fashioned adventure yarn.

This is a sweet story about a man and his love of literature and the people who support him and find love in the haunted bookstore.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-17

Pretty boring

What would have made The Haunted Bookshop better?

There was nothing haunted about it. I was hoping for a few thrills and chills but it's more of a treatise on books and booksellers. I think this might be of the few books that is better off read instead of listened to.

Has The Haunted Bookshop turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I can't say that because this is also the era when Sherlock Holmes stories were being written. However, there is a vast difference. I guess I'll think long and hard before trying anything else by Christopher Morley.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki’s performances?

No, I didn't like that his voice was SO DEEP or his old-fashioned delivery.

Any additional comments?

I'm an old Sherlockian and so I hate to diss Christopher Morley in any way, but this book is really mediocre. Set in 1919, so it's very old fashioned. When it comes to a mystery I'd like some thrills and I was hoping this would be at least creepy but there's nothing haunted about it and the "mystery" was pretty predictable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-07-21

no soup for you

this is nothing but well written and decently witty self indulgence. no soup for you

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  • anon
  • 26-08-22

Fun Little Msytery with a Side of Literature

This little mystery is set soon after WW I. It's not a ghost story. Some will find it quaint as it was written in its own time (1919), but that can be refreshing if you need a break from the graphic violence , sex and non-stop action in many current mystery/thrillers. It's a quick trip, but has good writing, well-drawn characters and a decent adventure. It also includes many references to great literature, several of which I bookmarked to look up later. Finally, if you come from the world of advertising, you'll get a kick out of one of the main characters, who is constantly translating his experience into concepts and slogans.

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  • Gregala
  • 16-03-22

Almost unlistenable

I had looked forward to this sequel to "Parnassus on Wheels" - - which was narrated by the inimitable Nadia May. What a difference a narrator makes. Mr. Rudnicki se-pa-rates every word from the next. Zero flow. This, plus a gravelly voice, makes for an irritating, exhausting experience for the reader. Sigh.

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  • Marion
  • 18-01-22

Adorable!

Plus, I learned so much about books I should already have read in my life, and which I will be reading ASAP.
I just loved the Book Man and his wife. If only everyone felt it their duty to teach others what they have learned!

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  • James L Hopkins
  • 12-01-22

haunted bookshop

so enjoyed the twists and variety of language of a 1919 mystery. Please read you will enjoy!

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  • Lori
  • 09-01-22

A book of essays with a story in the last 2 chapters

At the start this narration was only good for reading me to sleep. Sadly, the bulk of the story is just Roger Mifflin waxing on and on about the philosophical importance of literature without much glimpse of his lively character as seen in the Parnassus on Wheels. The only early evidence of author’s previous work is when Helen shows up to sparkle for a paragraph or two. Tatiana is also a well done character when she finally arrives. The “story” really doesn’t get going until the chapter 13 or 14 out of 16 - which is entertaining enough. The rest can be interesting for the purpose of hearing the contemplations of the author writing about his outlook on life and society at the end of WWI in 1918 (published in 1919) having come through the the old pandemic and common-man contemplations on statecraft. It’s interesting to hear how similar thoughts and life then are compared with 2022. Not a great book, though it got me through the last of my sweater crocheting!