The Beetle (unabridged)

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Richard Marsh

The Beetle

Read by Gunnar Cauthery, Jonathan Aris, Natalie Simpson, Andrew Wincott & John Foley


The Beetle is a horror novel that was published in 1897 and significantly outsold Dracula, which appeared in the same year. A polymorphous Egyptian creature – the Beetle – seeks revenge on the eminent British politician Paul Lessingham for crimes committed against the disciples of an ancient cult. Although it is less well-known than Dracula to modern readers, The Beetle remains a leading example of the Gothic novel.

The story is told from the perspectives of four different characters, concluding with the account of the detective Augustus Champnell. The action takes place within a three-day period in an undisclosed year in the 1800s.

  • Running Time: 12 h 27 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-391-1
    Cat. no.:NA0527
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Andrew Riches
    Released:January 22
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