One of the most terrifying novels I have ever listened to. Susan Hill is a master story teller and has proven that blood and gore is not needed for a terrifying story. The ghost story is a lost art, and Hill has used the timeless ghost story elements that can make grown men quiver. Moreover, this story was scary because of its atmosphere of menace. Paul Ansdell is an excellent narrator as well. He really brings Arthur Kipps to life in his narration and his inflection at the scary points made me feel as though Arthur was really in danger. Unlike a gore story, this story will haunt its listeners for many moons. I wouldn't recommend this children under 13, unless the child has a strong nerve. I thought I was far to old for ghost stories. But this story scared me so badly that I found my eyes darting around my bedroom for many nights after I had finished it, looking for the woman in black.
Classic ghost story
Very well paced; plot unfolds with subtlety and restraint; the bleak landscape is vividly described; characters are very well drawn and developed.
I have not heard Paul Ansdell before.
Yes, very much so.
The story was so engrossing, especially with Paul Ansdell's narration. I felt as if he was telling the story directly to me. I could feel the fear and doubt in his voice. Perfect diction, emotion and nuances in the right places. Amazing! Felt like I was watching the play on stage.
Willy Wonka of it
I think having seen the movie first, it was a treat to get a bit more info on the characters than the movie offered and, of course, to revisit the story.
It was a simple ghost story written and performed in a mature and completely believable fashion.
He had the perfect voice for the job, and he also delivered on the underlying desperation of the protagonist.
Book or movie? Do both!
Mr. Kipps could have been edgier.
Mr. Kipps was a bit too soft.
Get a dog - I fell in love with Spider.
Very well done ghost story.
I listen to it ever few months, yet it never gets old. The performance is flawless, the story is chilling. Without gore, or demons, or wild imaginings... This is a classic!
I probably would not listen to the book again, although I enjoyed it very much. I have a few books that I read repeatedly, especially the Haunting of Hill House, because I enjoy the atmosphere and feel akin to the characters. I did not have that feeling of affinity with this story, but was intrigued with knowing what was happening and why.
I don't want to describe any of the memorable moments since it would spoil the suspense of the story, which is its main attraction. There are many, and the story is well-told and artfully developed.
The story is told in first person, so the main character is very compelling. His voice reminds me of Michael York (the actor), which is not a bad thing, just a bit distracting.Well played and acted throughout though.
There were definitely moments that were harrowing in the book, specifically related to the power of the woman in black, but I don't want to describe any in particular.
T. he author has perfectly captured the feeling and tension of a great ghost story. The first person POV reminds me of Poe, and allows the reader to experience the terror along with the main character, discovering the truth along with him.
The narrator was really good, but the story itself left me wanting more. I just expected so much more to happen. But overall it was an alright story.
I was expecting more ghost activity, & it was just a lil of this, a lil of that.
He read it with passion! You could actually hear the terror in his voice on the
It was an easy listen.
Chilling. British. Dark.
Yes, in that I wanted to know just how far over the edge characters were willing to go before they realized they were playing with fire.
Don't expect this to be like the movie. However, listen to this BEFORE you see the movie, as nuances are missing in the current flick that you will gain in the audiobook.