Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!
While I enjoyed Paul Ansdell's reading, I kept confusing him in my mind with the actor Michael York. I will admit, this distracted me somewhat from the otherwise solid performance. As to the story, while it's a sold old-school Gothic tale, it's too slow for my tastes.
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I expected to. The level of psychological horror was there, but it could have been both darker and more pervasive. That, and the main character's tendency to faint at moments of extreme stress didn't help.
Overall, I guess the fact that one critical element of the climax of the book is telegraphed throughout the whole of the book was sufficiently distracting. The climax simply isn't climactic ... not when we, the reader, know exactly what's coming and are just waiting for it.
Still, it was worth a listen.
So this book has been gaining a lot of popularity lately due to the release of the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. Of course, me being me, I had to read the book before I see the movie. I decided to listen to the audiobook.
In this story, Arthur Kripps is an associate lawyer with a firm in London and sent to a completely out of the home of a client, Mrs. Drabelow, to settle out her estate. It should be a simple enough assignment but it turns out that her house, Eel Marsh House, is haunted by a lady in black.
I got pure joy in this book at times from the author's word choice and the way that she described things. I wished that I was reading it so that I could mark up the book in places where where the word choice was exceptionally well. But since it was an audiobook, I can't remember any of them now just that I really liked them. The narrator was very good. I hadn't listened to him before. And, probably because I've been seeing the ads for the movie, he sounded just a bit like Daniel Radcliffe.
The book wasn't as scary as I thought it would be and the actual haunting didn't play near role that I thought it would but it was a compelling story and, to me, the ending was quite unfair.
I usually listen to suspense/thrillers, so this book wasn't far from my usual genre, but enough that I worried it wouldn't keep my interest or have enough "twists"... But I was surprised! It was actually a really good story. I didn't know how it was going to end until about the last half hour, I was able to assume what might happen and it did. Also, the narrator was fantastic! He sounded so scared, really captured the moment well.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. Susan Hill does a really good job at bringing the era in which the book is set to life and building an eerie atmosphere that chills. Paul Ansdell has a wonderful voice that is very easy to listen and he covers the accents of various characters quite well. I will be checking out other projects in which the author or narrator have been involved.
I would listen to this book again, on chilly and windy nights with the lights dimmed when I feel safe and snug, and want to be caught up in an old fashioned ghost story.
I cheated myself out of the marvelous twists and turns, scares and dread because I've seen the film based on the book and was able to anticipate what was happening.
That being said, the plot was so wonderfully woven together that I could enjoy every bit.
The narrator was perfect, he had a sweet and disarming voice that rose and fell with the action; his characterization was different enough to tell each character apart without being over the top.
drink beer for big ideas; drink coffee to get them done
Perfect narration. Paul Ansdell brought you right into the atmosphere and mood. Great listen around Halloween - especially if you are alone in the house. It's a classic ghost story without the blood and gore. Even though it gets predictable near the end, it still gave me the chills.
I really, really liked this one. The narration was excellent and added quite a bit to the enjoyment of this book. The story itself was one of the better ghost stories I have read. It was believable and the underlying plot about who the Woman in Black is was intriguing. The story was fast-paced and the main character was engaging. The descriptions of the Woman in Black and the settings were so detailed and realistic that you felt as if you were there.
I enjoyed this tale immensely. The narrator was perfect for the story. His accent made it all the more eerie and enjoyable. The book is vastly different from the movie. This is nice if you have seen the movie but would still like a suspenseful tale.