The Women in Black is a typical ghost story. It has a spooky house, a dark and stormy night, and things that go bump in the night. It is not bad but it isn't great either. Yet I have listened to this audio book all the way through twice in the past two weeks - the second time I did it in one sitting. The reason is the superb reading performance by Paul Ansdell. It is the best reading that I have ever heard. He brings so much life and feeling to what would otherwise be a mediocre story. His work on this audio book is easily worth 10 stars.
A nice novella for a short listen. The story is a little contrived but the narrator is totally into the it and is believable (having it told in the first person probably helps).
Unpredictable Sad Ghostly
The young lawyer, because he thinks he is invincible, untill put up against a good scare. Then he shows he is human.
I don't think so.
It was sad to see a mother loose her child, but you loose your empathy when she becomes so vengeful.
This was a wonderfully written and performed, good old fashion ghost story.
Will definitely check more Susan Hill.
Somewhat Creepy Story
Mildly disappointing, but at the same time expected. I can't say that I hated it.
I really enjoyed the way he read the story, for me it was what made the story creepy. Had I just read the book, I imagine I would have been more bored than anything.
Yes, and I would have because I listen to them at work, and it was a short one, but ended up only getting halfway through the first night.
I'm glad I listened to this narration by Paul Ansdell, as I don't think this book would have been half as scary if I'd read it myself. The tremors in his voice at select parts gave me chills!
The narrator did a wonderful job of keeping your attention throughout the entire story!
He has a sense of the excitement and he kept you engaged throughout the entire story!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
I saw the trailer for the upcoming film and thought--why have I never heard of this
Both the author and the narrator combine talents in equal portion to create a classic tale of horror that pre-dates the sensibilities of Stephen King. This is clearly in the tradition of M.R. James and a direct literary descendant of Henry James's "Turn of the Screw."
I enjoyed the listen immensely and timed my listening to the week before Halloween. Perfect. I will look for more novels of this kind. It's been decades since I last read "Turn of the Screw." I may have to go back and give it another read.
I highly recommend "The Woman in Black." It's a book that demonstrates that violence and graphic gore does not have to be present to give the reader a fright.
This is so reminiscent of the Sherlock Holmes stories, with a touch of Edgar Allan Poe. I thoroughly enjoyed the third-person narrative and the suspense. Well worth listening to. I anticipate the movie that is coming out soon.