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Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson.

There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that?

Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill. There's no need for a ticking clock, a limping footstep, or a knock at the door to start you trembling. There's nothing to be scared of. Nothing at all.

©2016 E. F. Benson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Meep
  • 02-12-2016

Gatiss and Benson, a superb combination

I have been a fan of E.F. Benson's ghost stories for many years, and I am also a huge fan of Mark Gatiss, so to run across the combination was a true Christmas treat for me! Benson wrote some wonderful classic ghost stories and this is an excellent selection of some of his best, though of course I wish there were more here. He wrote a huge selection, and it would be lovely to have another volume read by this reader.
Gatiss is a superb reader. I wish we could have a collection of him reading M. R. James (the best ghost story writer to ever live, in my opinion) as I know Gatiss is a fan of James also and I feel sure he would read them splendidly. I also wish that Audible would provide us with Mr. Gatiss reading his own books. I know he has provided audio recordings of at least one of his works, how about getting them for us, Audible? Please?

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  • Robert
  • 28-10-2017

E.F. Benson Classics Excellently Read by Gatiss

Nine E.F. Benson stories read by Mr. Gatiss. I was pleasantly surprised by his performance - he has a great voice and did some enjoyable character acting. I thought his voice for Mrs. Amworth was more like a creepy old man and a bit out of place, but still entertaining. The stories in this audiobook are:
- Spinach
- In the Tube
- The Room in the Tower
- And No Bird Sings
- Negotium Perambulans
- The Man Who Went Too Far
- Mrs Amworth
- Caterpillars
- The Bus-Conductor
Highly recommended to classic horror fans!

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  • Scigirl
  • 08-10-2016

Excellent Ghost Stories!

Have you listened to any of Mark Gatiss’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mark Gatiss is an excellent narrator and does an tremendous job with these tales.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to the entire series of stories on one sitting while working on a knitting project. Kept me thoroughly entertained and engaged.

Any additional comments?

Good creepy fun, especially for those who enjoy old-fashioned ghost stories.

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  • Babs
  • 13-10-2016

Captures the age

It's a nice change from Gothic castles and Victorian weirs but certainly just as creepy.
The airy atmosphere created by the stories & performance makes the eerie parts cut just that bit deeper.

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  • BirdyThurs
  • 06-08-2018

Partway Through, but Wonderful!

Disclaimer: I have not heard all the stories yet.

Because these are very restrained, atmospheric stories you need to be in the right mood to listen.

Mark Gatiss is a wonderful narrator, perfect at maintaining a calm tone on the surface to give a sharper edge to the events. I get worried sometimes about a single narrator performing dialogue, but Gatiss is excellent at distinguishing characters without distractingly silly voices.

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  • amazinbuyerAB
  • 27-03-2018

Confused with the narration of these stories

This is going to sound funny. I haven’t as yet come across such a conundrum in audiobooks. Fact is, I think Mark Gatiss has a lovely voice and diction, but for some odd reason, his narration of these stories didn’t work for me. I kept losing the plot. And yes, quite frankly nodding off in the middle of the day. I am afraid I might never be able to listen to the whole thing.

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  • John
  • 28-08-2017

SATURATED with SUPERB SHUDDERS

This little tome is saturated with superb shudders... the old fashioned way of giving you little fingers of dread
running up your spine and over your shoulder... Deliciously subtle...

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  • Anna
  • 15-05-2017

Masters of their crafts!

Firstly, it was a thrill to discover that E F Benson, a fairly new love of mine, is a firm favourite of Mark Gatiss, who is a genius in his own right. His narration of these spooky tales is without peer, they grip you and don't let go. Gatiss inhabits the dozens of different characters with very distinct nuances, and does so effortlessly. This collection has been an absolute blessing for many otherwise banal car drives.

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  • A. Freudenberg
  • 11-03-2017

Mark Gatiss at his Best

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mark Gatiss reading those well written ghost stories. It was quite clear from his performance that he not only loves these kind of stories but is a skilled and experienced actor who has a well trained voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-2016

Excellent stuff!

Very atmospheric stories, creepy, and read superbly by Mr Gatiss, who clearly relishes them. Despite listening to many audiobooks this is my first review, I am moved to do so simply because someone has given this a rating of one star, which is ridiculous. More please!

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  • Gerard
  • 28-02-2017

methadone for the MR James addict

lovingly read by the brilliant Mark Gatiss, this collection is the closest in quality to the unbeatable MR James of nearly all the available ghost stories in my opinion. a second or extended volume would be very welcome.

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  • Di Harris
  • 14-11-2016

E.F Benson's Ghost Stories read by Mark Gatiss

I have always thought that Benson's Ghost stories should be held in the same esteem as M R James. Those on this audio book are enhanced by the reader. Who better than Mark Gatiss! His voice alone,when in full creepy mode sends a shiver down the spine! Just wish there were more stories on th CD.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 08-01-2017

Nicely gothic.

I adored listening to this audible, Mark Gattis narrates wonderfully and the stories are just scary enough without being too gruesome or graphic. It depicts a different world (early 20th century) where there were still servants and people went to stay at country houses, where retired majors lived in quiet villages and played Bridge. Great to listen to as the day closes as the shadows get longer...

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  • Melanie
  • 22-04-2017

Wonderfully English ghost stories

A whimsical, at times, collection of very English ghost stories. Superbly read by Mark Gatiss.

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  • DarkSkies
  • 29-01-2017

Better than M.R. James

What did you like most about E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories?

Obviously with ghost stories of this type and from this period in time comparison to James is inevitable. Whilst James' stories are undoubtedly excellent they always struck me as strangely soul less, almost clinical in their execution. Benson' stories however overflow with personality, wit and charm whilst being genuinely eerie. Beautifully worded and superbly performed the only fault with this is that it is way, way too short.

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  • Aurora
  • 01-03-2017

A wonderful reading of classic ghost stories

Would you listen to E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories again? Why?

As with all E.F. Benson stories these are entertaining and multi layered. His eye for detail is fantastic, it gives you such a vivid picture of the people and places.

What about Mark Gatiss’s performance did you like?

This was a revelation - such a beautiful voice, I was swept away by him. His voicing of the characters, the pace and tone, made this one of the best narrations I have ever listened to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was spine chilling and fascinating - I wanted to listen to the whole thing in one sitting

Any additional comments?

A totally bewitching listen, I can only wish that Mark Gatiss will do many more readings.

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  • Stephen Hamblin
  • 05-02-2017

Brilliant!

What did you like most about E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories?

As a fan of M R James I was overjoyed to discover this author. He was a contemporary of James' and his stories are a joy to listen to, perfectly narrated by Mark Gatiss.

I am so glad I discovered Bensons work. Better late than never!

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  • the60sthrowback
  • 23-01-2018

superb reading of some classic eerie tales

it seems there is no end to Mark Gattis talents undoubtedly the finest reading I have heard breathing life into wonderful old characters from a lost aristocratic age face with unthinkable peculiarities of a psychical nature and maintaining a stiff upper lip throughout their ordeals.

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  • JoeySunflower
  • 10-01-2018

Excellent

Really enjoyed this audio book. Absolutely adore anything involving Mark Gatiss and his narration is superb. I was actually disappointed when it finished as I was gripped and ready for the next story. I'm new to E.F. Benson but I will be looking out for more by this author. Very well written short stories that keep you interested.
Would highly recommend!
Off to search for more stories narrated by Mark Gatiss :-)

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