The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog

Version: Unabridged
Author: Marie Belloc Lowndes
Narrator: Lorna Raver
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes
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The basis for Hitchcock's 1927 movie by the same name, as well as a more recent major motion picture from 2009, this award-winning audio of Marie Belloc Lowndes' classic thriller still packs a wallop.
An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When an eccentric and mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of "The Avenger" on the foggy streets of London, they start to suspect something too horrific for words. Could the timing just be mere coincidence?
While neither mentions their suspicions to the other, they each suffer horribly from dread when their beautiful young niece comes to stay with them and is terribly curious about their new lodger.

Reviews (1)


Written by Anonymous from Woodbine, MD on April 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I nearly stopped the first CD after the first few minutes; it did not sound promising as a mystery story. But I stuck with it (having nothing else to listen to on a long commute) and I was very glad I did. I found myself sitting in parking lots, listening, until I was late for appointments! I only gave 4 stars because there were parts that were quite unsatisfying (I'd rather not say what, so I don't spoil it for others), but the plot and characters were quite compelling. Well worth renting, especially for mystery buffs.

Author Details

Author Details

Lowndes, Marie Belloc

Lowndes established her reputation as a crime writer through her fictionalized account of the series of murders of prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888.