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A second collection of tales from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James, whose stories have for many years inspired the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas TV adaptations. This volume includes 'A Warning to the Curious', 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', and 'A Neighbour's Landmark'.
©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kit
  • 07-11-2011

Jacobi brings these wonderful old tales to life!

The only reason I don't give the Story rating a five is because while these stories may have been super frightening to the Victorian or Edwardian listening, the level of fright they impart now is somewhat lessened. The tone and language of the writing is superb, nonetheless, and the ideas held within the stories fascinating and supernatural. The Jamesian Ghost story isn't for everyone, but the formula is a good one!

Of all the many recorded books available of James' works, Derek Jacobi does the best. His skill at dialects brings each of the characters to life without the disconnect and interruption of focus caused by multiple readers in one piece. One immediately feels the life of each person, and the familiarity of an acquaintanceship. In addition, it recalls the original purpose of many of James' works: the Christmas reading at a party. Jacobi's delivery, other than the dialects themselves, is full of the emotion proper to the scenes, easy to follow and bringing to mind the theater. The stage is set keenly, and if a listener doesn't have an advanced vocabulary, the tone and delivery offers context clue as to what is going on.

Indeed, I've listened many times to my copy. I've found my favorites to be 'A Warning to the Curious' and The Mezzotint'. The price is worth the 2 hrs and 46 mins, given the easy of listening again and again. Don't miss out on the Volume 1 of this set, if you get this one (I bought the CDs of Vol. 1, rather than the audible file.)

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  • Robert
  • 27-10-2012

Great Narration of Ghost Classics!

Derek Jacobi is an incredible narrator! He really brings these stories to life with a number of accents, voices and emotion. I must admit that Volume One of Ghost Stories is my favourite so far, Volume Two does not dissapoint. If you are a fan of M.R. James or classic ghost stories like I am, pick this one up!

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  • jessikraut
  • 10-10-2019

Delightful narration of classic creepy tales - 2

Since there is no "track listing" of the stories in this title's description, allow me to provide them to you here, so you don't do as I did and end up purchasing recordings of individual stories by M.R. James which overlap with these:

Ghost Stories Volume TWO:
1. A Warning to the Curious
2. The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral
3. After Dark in the Playing Fields

Ghost Stories Volume ONE - (sold separately):
1. A View from a Hill
2. Rats
3. A School Story
4. The Ash Tree
5. The Story of a Disappearance, and an Appearance

Enjoy!

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  • Donnie
  • 25-12-2020

Excellent narrating! But Audible version unusable.

Derek Jacobi does an excellent narration of M. R. James' stories. He really is just fantastic.

Here are my only complaints: in Audible, none of the chapters are titled. This was just a slight annoyance in in volume 1, where there are 5 stories and 5 chapters, but in volume 2, there are 4 stories and 3 chapters - but to make it even more stupid, chapter 1 contains 1 story, chapter 2 contains 2 more stories and half of the last story, while the last chapter contains the last half of the 4th story.

How stupid is that? Break up the chapters into the actual stories.

While I really enjoyed Derek Jacobi's narration, making the stories needlessly hard to find in the audiobook is a dealbreaker. These kinds of audiobooks aren't ones you usually listen to from beginning to end, especially at one sitting. They are ones where you listen to a story, then later (the same day, that week, a month, whenever) you come back and listen to another. They made it very difficult with this.

Another thing that was disappointing is the length. Both volume 1 and 2 are less than 3 hours each. Why not have combined them into one audiobook? I only listened to these because they were included in the Plus catalog. To purchase them, volume 1 and 2 were $8.99 each, which seems high for what you get. If they had been combined into a single volume, and each story given it's own chapter, this would be a sure purchase for me.

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  • C. Sahu
  • 24-12-2013

Quite Good

The three M.R. James ghost stories read in this audiobook are "A Warning to the Curious," "The Mezzotint," and "The Stalls at Barchester Cathedral." Both this and M.R.James' "Ghost Stories, Volume 1" are enjoyable if you love old English-style ghost stories (lots of atmosphere, long wind-up to a sudden, somewhat mysterious apparition), but James' best work are in his "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" collection. These are the B team. Derek Jacobi is the perfect reader.

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  • Donna Deal
  • 25-07-2019

Nothing like escaping reality into a ghost story!

Ghost stories at Christmas are a British tradition, and James' stories are the prime example.
These stories revolve around the educated, privileged man... 'stories within stories.'
you overhear someone telling the curious tale; of course there are atmospherics that set the mood,
and the narrator's voice is vital --Derek Jacobi has a sensitive, supple voice that immediately and intimately
wraps up the reader in the telling..

I recommend this unique recording of these stories... they are not for Christmas only.
I find ghost stories especially appealing during the long, hot dog days of summer.. when a shudder
and a chill are most welcome.

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  • Robert
  • 10-05-2019

spooky as always

makes you think about what's behind you as you depart a dark room. and look behind you as you shut off the lights.

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  • P. de Greyt
  • 21-08-2021

a jolly good scare

well performed and extremely engaging definitely recommend for those who enjoy a good classic scare

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  • Blackeagle
  • 09-08-2021

Creepy and Weird Tales

The tales in this book are creepy and a bit weird but narrator Derek Jacobi brings each tale to life by giving it great depth. The only think that I didn't like was how the stories are segregated because it can get a bit confusing listening to them. This is my honest unbiased review.

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  • Gary
  • 30-07-2021

Exquisite Narration & Unique Stories

The narrator has such a talent of inflection, accents, & emotional nuance. The selections of story are excellently curated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-11-2011

Better than Volume 1

What can I say - if you like M.R. James then these are superb adaptations. Derek Jacobi is the perfect voice to inhabit the world and his measured delivery is engaging and well suited to the 'academic' style M.R. James so often writes in.

I actually prefer this volume to the first, mainly because of the fantastically creepy 'A Warning To The Curious' which more than justifies giving this a listen on it's own. If I have any criticisms then they are those that can be levelled at all M.R. James material - repeated stories, styles and characters. That said, as an adaptation I cannot fault it.

One of those audiobooks I can certainly imagine myself returning to time and time again.

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  • Ms. E. Morgan
  • 05-10-2020

Great tales, superb narration by Derek Jacobi

An excellent reading of these classic tales:

1a) A Warning to the Curious
1b) The Mezzotint
2a) The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral
2b) A Neighbour's Landmark
3a) After dark in the Playing Fields

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  • Ben H
  • 24-01-2021

A perfect combination

The combination of Derek Jacobi & Monty James is perfect. I’ve heard everyone read MR James’s Ghost Stories and these are the most gripping, dramatic and enjoyable versions. They are not dramatisations, thankfully, but Jacobi inhabits every character with total authority. I might actually prefer this to Volume I as the story selection is more varied and representative of MR James’s body of work. I can’t recommend this any higher.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 28-01-2020

Great stories

I love these ghost stories. I really enjoyed them when the BBC used to have readings on television at Christmas time. Derek Jacob with that wonderful voice is fantastic.

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  • Leonie Frieda
  • 18-01-2015

Ghost Stories Beautifully Crafted to haunt you

Jacobi's superb supple voice & minute inflections are in perfect pitch for these old fashioned, disturbingly ambiguous ghost stories. Once encountered I felt the spectral entities remained nearby long after I had ceased reading about their lives, their deaths; they had been imprisoned created too often by Faustian pacts. How can they be set free from their horrible captivity, behind the bars of their often self inflicted and last remaining Too often the-eerily suggested entities feel too close to many of us.

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  • Mary Collin
  • 19-04-2021

Takes me back decades

Beautifully read by the wonderful Derek Jacobi. Peerless narration of good old fashioned ghost stories.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

If only the stories were divided into clear chapters.

I’ll download more though

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  • helen
  • 25-03-2021

sense you here !

Absolutely enjoyed the stories. Definitely a book at bedtime, spooky and atmospheric . Sleep if you can?!

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  • joanne957476
  • 23-12-2020

Classic stories, wonderful narration

I've loved the classic ghost stories of MR James, Le Fanu, etc for years.
Great collection and Derek Jacobi is, of course, a wonderful narrator

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  • Ruth Jenkins
  • 25-09-2020

wonderfully spooky

Fantastic narration as expected. lovely stories which made me smile.
I thoroughly enjoyed this production

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