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The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories

Narrated by: Hugh Ross
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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An abandoned house whose horrific past is reenacted for those who dare visit; a terrifying trip down the Danube River; a malevolent half-beast creature who abducts a member of a hunting party; and a tale of paranoia, mental deterioration, and all-consuming feelings of doom: Here are four feverish, spine-tingling tales that will chill the blood and make the flesh creep. The collection includes "The Empty House," "The Willows," "The Listener", and "The Wendigo".

"The Willows" was the personal favorite story of H. P. Lovecraft, who called it the finest supernatural tale in English literature. Distinguished actor Hugh Ross perfectly captures the chilling atmosphere of Blackwood's writing and the moods of dread and suspense.

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Public Domain (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • Grace K
  • 23-07-2018

Atmosphere

Blackwood's writing is wonderful atmospheric as usual. You can feel the characters and their emotions. My only negative comment is that the narration of the willows seem to gr lacking something

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  • Cassandra Morrison
  • 15-11-2017

Worth the Price of Admission

Hugh Ross is good as a Narrator. Perhaps not the right one for the last story on here "The Wendigo." But that is a difficult story to present at best. Especially "The Cry of the Wendigo" which Mr. Ross presents poorly. Otherwise this set of tales by Blackwood is presented in a workmanlike and occasionally inspired way by the narrator. And the stories are uniformly excellent. As is usual with Algernon Blackwood. He can always chill your blood in a delightful way.

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  • H. Petre
  • 11-01-2017

Beware of the Wendigo!

These are old-fashioned (19th or early 20th century stories) expertly narrated by Hugh Ross, evoking a bygone world of hunters, explorers and mythical creatures. The first story, the Empty House, created an atmosphere of terror but ended rather abruptly, and the explanation had already been given away.
From there on in, though, the ante was upped, and the final story, the Wendigo, was spine-chilling, dealing with the legend of the Wendigo, a spirit or mythical creature of the North American and Canadian wilderness. The Willows, although very long, creates a similar atmosphere of terror, dealing with purely supernatural events that have no rational explanation.
Summary: If you like old-world ghost stories and haven't come across Algernon Balckwood before, give this a go. You won't regret it, though you might not sleep afterwards!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-2017

Haunted Nights

a great listen, great narration and a great variation in stories. #bedtime #scarey #cosy #openfire

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  • Mrs
  • 21-07-2019

Alone in the Dark

There are books that consume you and take you to the heart of darkness. Others are just silly fun about ghosts that go bump in the night. This books is certainly in the former category. In it are stories that take you to weird places but they are so realistic that it’s almost incomparable to anything else I have ever read. “The Willows” and “The Wendigo” were two stories that stayed with me long after I had finished them. Their sense of realistic nature and of the malevolence of its beauty and power stayed with me. Nature can be our friend, but it can be a terrible foe should it choose to see us as such. A powerful foe, a foe that is indifferent to us. Algernon Blackwood wrote some of the best weird tales ever, certainly up there with E. F. Benson and M. R. James. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves ghostly tales.

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  • michael bailey
  • 06-12-2018

The Empty House

Tales from another age. Isolation eloquently captured, menace in abundance. A reality to listen to.

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  • kingturtleton
  • 23-01-2017

Struggled through it.

I have listened to a lot of horror books from classical horror tales such as h.p. lovecraft and frankenstein to more modern books such as the exorcist. Sadly I really struggled with the works of Algernon Blackwood, I found them to be neither scary or even compelling. I can not understand why i have been led to belive how they are so highly rated as most of the titles contained within this collection are entirely uneventful. As it stands i can not recommend purchasing these books unless you are already familiar with the authors work, in which case the performance by the narrator was quite good, his speech was clear throughout and used enough variation in accent and tone to differentiate between characters by voice alone.

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