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.
Yes. It was a perfect little gothic ghost story. Some reviewers didn't like feeling that it was a little predictable, but I feel like the journey was well executed in a classic gothic tradition.
Great reader. He perfectly captured the voice of the protagonist and read with the appropriate depth and emotion of the scenes without ever feeling overdone. Perfect reader. I'll be looking to see what else he's read.
Yes. I listened to this while at work and was always a little put out when I actually had to stop and speak to someone! :)
I will be looking for other Susan Hill stories as well, hopefully read by the same actor.
I'm a hardcore reader and art student. ;)
I wanted to listen to this book because I wanted to see how different it was from the movie. The book is so different but does has some similarities to the movie. I ended up enjoying the book more than the movie. Book had me to the end because I wanted to know what was going to happen. :)
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Wonderfully written, wonderfully narrated. Paul Ansdell does an excellent job narrating Susan Hill's book, The Woman in Black. The cover saids "The classic ghost story" and it is. Loved every minute of it. Slightly predictable but done so well you enjoy the journey. Movies now days make the ending so dramatic, and this does as well, but more realistic, or possible without all the special effects and shock treatment. I am now going to get the film to watch to see how they have interpreted it. I also here it has been done as a stage play to good effect. Worth studying this work for writing techniques as well.
absolutely!! because it's awesome! it's intense, scary and just wonderful!
yes. it made me paranoid and anxious and a little scared!
Susanna Di Milo
This works beautifully in audio format, the listeners imagination conjures up the images portrayed. I could not stop listening! I found the character came across very well, as the story unfolded, you could hear him unravelling as the tale unfolded. I liked the cosiness of the scene described in the early chapter, it was an excellent contrast to the later atmosphere of the house. However I did find it disconcerting that I was not sure what time period the story was set - the speech appeared at first to be Victorian but then motor cars featured so I then thought it might be Edwardian.
The protagonist was convincing
I found his voice very easy to listen to, he made the story unfold in a believable way.
I found this gave me a taste for gothic fiction.
Save the dog!
Well it's a horror story, so take your pick.
I loved the suspense and mystery and fear in the reading. It made my heart actually hammer in legitimate fear at some parts. Excellent.
It was a movie. It was quite different, but it was also super awesome. Daniel Radcliffe starred in it. It was fantastic.
It's not super long but it was bloody terrifying. Totally recommend.
I think, after watching the movie, it was a bit of a let down. The movie was downright scary. The book was at times a bit slow, and did not keep that feeling of intensness going. It was definitely a take it or leave it kind of book. But that being said, a ghost story is always good for October.
The story was so much better than the over dramatised film.
Yes, it has it's moments, and the reader was very good.
No, so can't compare.
I hesitate to say that The Woman in Black is a good book, but I can call it a great one. It is a tremendous ghost story full of horror and lasting revenge. I will, no doubt, be thinking about it for a while. Some emotions last more than one life time.