Eight classic spine-tingling tales to thrill you by M. R. James. This was James' first collection of ghost stories which he intended to be read aloud in the tradition of spooky Christmas Eve tales.
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Even allow ing for the now archaic phraseology ag possibly over porecise English that was used when James was writing these chilling stories they are still the epitome of the genre.
The readers are excellent and contribute to the atmosphere of creepiness
"A tale of three narrators"
I would recommend the stories but not the two female narrators.
It's a little like the Sherlock Holmes stories but with horror rather than crime as the central theme.
I thought the male narrator, Bart Wolffe, was terrific. His delivery was like an especially disdainful Sherlock Holmes when Watson has been particularly slow. In fact it didn't surprise me at all to see that he has indeed narrated the Sherlock Holmes books. He sounded supercilious and contemptuous of almost everything, which for me added some humour to the horror. I suppose his delivery is similr to that of Richard E. Grant in 'Withnail and I'.
I thought the two female narrators deliveries were totally unsuited to old Horror stories. The first Emma (Topping, perhaps?) sounded like she was reading the East Midlands news on a particularly uneventful day. And Emma Hignett (I think I have the Emmas the right way round) had a voice ideally suited to modern day women's fiction.
In short, I ended up listening only to those stories narrated by Bart Wolffe. The other stories I shall read on my Kindle.
Yes. After listening to the first story I switched off the light and in the gloom noticed that my wardrobe door was open. I lay awake for a while imagining that I saw a slight movement among the clothes or that I heard a rustling coming from there. Such thoughts would not have gone through my head had I not listened to that story. It thus inspired me to get up and close the wardrobe door so that I could sleep more easily.
"Terrible reading performance"
Performer seems not to be English..
Really can't read English aloud correctly.
He is either South African, Kiwi or Australian. Great disappointment. Spoils whole performance.
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