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 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.
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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.
Ive listened to this story twice. it is better than the 1989 BBC version and 100% better than the movie. its a better story just the way it is written by Susan Hill. I wouldn't change anything. Everything is explained that makes better sense and the depth of feeling is many times more intense. It's a book that is worth rereading because the main character takes you on and through this incredible journey with him, masterfully well done.
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
Maybe so....on a cold dark winter day...to put me in the mood.....
When he realizes who the woman in black is.
He did a fine job.
Yes...because it was a short one.
Although the story is a bit dated.....it was a fine...scary book. Light scary.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This has been done several times in film, but they've never kept strictly to the book, which is a shame. It's a truly terrifying ghost story that has past the test of time. You may not want to listen to it at night alone. Excellent.
Loved the book when I originally read it and thoroughly enjoyed both film adaptations. This audio version is rich in atmosphere and texture. It breathes life into the foggy atmosphere of the English countryside and steals it from the depths of Eel Marsh House. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves an old-fashioned ghost story.