The Bat (Version 2 Dramatic Reading)

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876 - 1958) and Avery Hopwood (1882 - 1928)

A Mysterious killer—Man? Beast? Or devil?—spreading terror throughout a nation, flouting law and lawless alike … Curious GOINGS-ON in a house rented immediately upon the death of its owner … A WARNING to leave the house, underlined with threats of death … A SHADOW bearing one gleaming eye [ … ] Wouldn’t You Like to Know – What happens when the indomitable Miss Van Gorder refuses to be frightened from the house of murder? What nerve-shaking word is spelled out by the Ouija board? [ … ] Who is the stranger who arrives half dead? Who is the Bat?” ~ from the ad in the book. Originally published in 1926, Rinehart's entertaining mystery offers suspense and humor, and you will see evidence of that era's Asian xenophobia and Prohibition in the United States. (Summary by Lynette Caulkins)

Cast List

Narrator: Lynette Caulkins
Police Chief: JT
Millionaire: Kelly Taylor
Young Detective: Johan Supertramp
Underworld Voice: TJ Burns
City News Editor: Kirk202
News Editor Colleague: Linette
Detective Anderson: Scott Caulkins
Cornelia Van Gorder: Ciufi Galeazzi
Doctor Wells: Chris Pyle
Sally Ogden: Leanne Yau
Lizzie Allen: Jennifer Pratt
Dale Ogden: Shelly
Billy: Todd
Brooks: Patrick Glenn
Richard Fleming: EJ Wiley
Reginald Beresford: Adam Bielka
Unknown: Tommy Hersant

Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction, Dramatic Readings

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dramatis Personae Group 00:01:41
Play 01 Chapter 1 - The Shadow of the Bat Group 00:23:37
Play 02 Chapter 2 - The indomitable Miss Van Gorder Group 00:28:05
Play 03 Chapter 3 - Pistol Practice Group 00:24:01
Play 04 Chapter 4 - The Storm Gathers Group 00:23:28
Play 05 Chapter 5 - Alopecia and Rubeola Group 00:27:28
Play 06 Chapter 6 - Detective Anderson Takes Charge Group 00:23:57
Play 07 Chapter 7 - Cross-Questions and Crooked Answers Group 00:20:18
Play 08 Chapter 8 - The Gleaming Eye Group 00:24:29
Play 09 Chapter 9 - A Shot in the Dark Group 00:20:52
Play 10 Chapter 10 - The Phone Call from Nowhere Group 00:23:21
Play 11 Chapter 11 - Billy Practices Jiu-Jitsu Group 00:21:52
Play 12 Chapter 12 - "I Didn't Kill Him." Group 00:22:03
Play 13 Chapter 13 - The Blackened Bag Group 00:24:04
Play 14 Chapter 14 - Handcuffs Group 00:20:24
Play 15 Chapter 15 - The Sign of the Bat Group 00:27:26
Play 16 Chapter 16 - The Hidden Room Group 00:14:15
Play 17 Chapter 17 - Anderson Makes an Arrest Group 00:16:38
Play 18 Chapter 18 - The Bat Still Flies Group 00:18:06
Play 19 Chapter 19 - Murder on Murder Group 00:19:56
Play 20 Chapter 20 - "He Is -- The Bat!" Group 00:09:47
Play 21 Chapter 21 - Quite a Collection Group 00:05:25