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Der Engel des Schreckens

Der Engel des Schreckens

Geschrieben von Edgar Wallace

Erzählt von Johannes Steck


Der Engel des Schreckens

Geschrieben von Edgar Wallace

Erzählt von Johannes Steck

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3/5 (4 Bewertungen)
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2 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Mar 18, 2010
ISBN:
9783955670405
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Wenn Jim Meredith bis zu seinem 30. Geburtstag nicht verheiratet ist, gehen die Meredith-Millionen an Jims geldgierige Kusine. In letzter Minute wird Jims Hochzeit mit der Journalistin Lydia Beale arrangiert. Kaum hat Jim die Zeremonie hinter sich, wird er von einem Unbekannten erschossen. Seiner jungen Witwe droht ein ähnliches Schicksal ...
Freigegeben:
Mar 18, 2010
ISBN:
9783955670405
Format:
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  • (4/5)
    I have been wanting to read one or two of Edgar Wallace's novels for some time to see what all the fuss was about in his day. This tale of an amoral but beautiful woman and her victims was surprisingly timeless and entertaining, just perfect for a day of airplane travel after days of fatiguing meetings and work.
  • (3/5)
    Oh, my. This book is a great example of how mysteries have evolved since 1922. It still is primarily intrepid hero saves innocent heroine from dastardly villains, but there are indications that times may be changing. The hero noble and ethical solicitor Jack Glover has managed to drag too-innocent-to-be-believed heroine Lydia Beale into a fantastic situation where she marries an escaped murderer and inherits 600,000 pounds when he is himself murdered ten minutes after the wedding. The villains of the piece, Jean Biggerland and her father, now have another obstacle in their path before they can inherit the murdered man's estate. Makes no sense but if you check your brains at the door you are in for a fun ride.Jack knows (and has compelling circumstancial evidence) that the Biggerlands were the real murderers who framed James Meredith and then did him in. He repeatedly warms too-trusting-to-be-let-out-on-her-own Lydia of the danger she might be in from the Biggerlands. Does she believe him? Of course not. She allows herself to be befriended by Jean Biggerland . After three narrow escapes from accidents she goes off to the Riviera with Jean and her entourage! None of Jack's reasonable explanations of why she was almost killed so many times makes any impact. What sets this novel above most tales of strong hero and helpless-to-the-point-of-stupidity heroine, is the character of Jean Biggerland. She has an ethereal beauty and such a sweet, sincere manner that she manages to fool judge, jury, and every other character except Jack that she is what she appears to be. Even when her muder plots become sillier and sillier, the reader can't help but be taken with her. (And the murder plots REALLY are ridiculous....watch out for the small pox one). She is a precursor of the femme fatale Brigid O'Shaughnessy who will appear eight years later in Hammett's Maltese Falcon. Her character is more complex than the other stereotypes. She has no qualms about murder, but says her prayers at night. i give Angel of Terror three stars because it is a fun read.
  • (4/5)
    I generally find that novels written from a century or more ago don’t generally translate well today. All of it has to do with storytelling style, which was often archaic from that time period with poor dialogue and technique that wouldn’t fly today. But I found The Angel of Terror to be a compelling read that has held up well over the years. What I liked most about it was that the story featured a female villain that was absolutely diabolical, narcissistic, and was a master manipulator. In mysteries, you typically find more generic male anatagonists, so I found this to be refreshing.I thought the novel moved at a good pace. It wasn’t overly long, but it was long enough to tell the story that it needed to tell. The writing was fundamentally sound and didn’t suffer from many of the problems that I find with writing from that time period. What I didn’t like about the novel was the Lydia, the story’s protagonist. She was complete idiot who was hard to root for. In fact, because of the contrast in the development of these two characters, I was hoping that Lydia would be bested in the end, even though I knew that was unlikely. This is a novel worth reading.Carl Alves – author of Conjesero
  • (1/5)
    Billed as a thriller and maybe 100 years ago it was, but now it’s just hilarious. When I was still actively reading the book, I rooted for the villain because the victim is just stupid beyond reason. The titular Angel of Terror was more interesting, but dumb as well. Plus there’s a supporting character who acts as a bodyguard and his real identity is obvious. In the end I skimmed like mad, got to the end and I doubt I’ll read another of Wallace’s books. The whole contrived, safe and dated plot reminded me of the Harold MacGrath book, The Million Dollar Mystery which was also terrible.
  • (1/5)
    The combination of a set of black-and-white characters put in a story with a plot which credibility leaked as water through a sieve, read by a flat elaborated bored voice, was more than disappointing. Both plot and reading was so bad that I was fascinated by the fact, enough to listen through, lest something akin to burlesque comedy or a well performed parody of the genre should emerge. It did´t.The most disappointing about Edgar Wallace’s story can be summed up as an incredibly stupid heroine, a disguised hero, a villanous villain, a medievalesque romance of a sheik - and their actions and counteractions.The reading was so bad that I probably will not buy another book read by Bev J. Stevens. (It might be unfair, if her reaction to the story she read was like mine, and that was the reason for the bad performance).Summed up: If you value your time, do not spend it on this.