The Cruel Painter

Read by Ned Troxel

(4.5 stars; 46 reviews)

This is the story of a daring college student's quest to win the icy heart of a beautiful girl. Unfortunately, the girl is the daughter of a cunning and sadistic master artist, who takes the student as an apprentice with the express intent of torturing the youth with his own hopeless love. The story is set in late 16 century Prague, amid mysterious happenings and the terrifying rumors of a vampire on the loose. ( Summary by Ned Troxel ) (1 hr 23 min)


1 - Part 1 32:16 Read by Ned Troxel
2 - Part 2 26:35 Read by Ned Troxel
3 - Part 3 24:30 Read by Ned Troxel


Delightful story; (mostly) excellent narration

(4 stars)

Thank, Mr. Troxel, for lending your time and talent to give us a quality audio edition of MacDonald’s The Cruel Painter. I can’t give it five stars because of one significant (but certainly non-fatal) flaw: the voice-acting of the protagonist’s friend, Heinrich. His voice was almost impossible for me to understand. At least Heinrich had little to say, and I was able to follow the story. Next time please don’t over-act! Your voice is pleasant enough as-is. Again, thank you very much for spending your time to give us a very-good audio version of this book. I’m indebted to you and would like to re-listen.


(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this story. If this is an example of Gothic horror, i will listen to more. Ned Troxel's reading brought the story alive - thank you!

(4.5 stars)

Well read except for certain scents. A wonderful short story by a great writer.

Captivating gothic horror tale

(5 stars)

A great gothic tale well read.


(5 stars)

A very unique story. Very interesting and well read.

well read

(4 stars)

a different kind of vampire story

A vampire story

(5 stars)

With a George MacDonald twist.