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The Turn of the Screw | [Henry James]

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem.
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The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem. The governess believes they have been communing with the ghosts of the former valet and governess. The problem is no one else on the staff can see the ghosts. She alone suspects that the ghosts are controlling the young boy and girl for some evil purpose. The children are evasive when questioned, and the governess begins to fear that the souls of the two children may be in danger. Henry James manages to generate spine-tingling suspense in this mesmerizing tale.

©1898 Public Domain; (P)1979 Jimcin Recordings

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    Diane 10-07-10
    Diane 10-07-10
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    "Excellent all around - great narrator"

    This is a classic which I have seen in movie form and enjoyed. I really enjoyed this audio more. The narrator is superb. The story is a classic with such a twist at the ending. Truly worth listening too if you like classic suspense which means don't expect fast paced but still engrossing.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ninad 01-21-08
    Ninad 01-21-08
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    "This is the best"

    Highly recommended.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Louise M Cranston, RI, USA 02-13-08
    Louise M Cranston, RI, USA 02-13-08
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    "Wondeful"

    Wonderful story and the reader was excellent. I had no problem with the sound as another reviewer did.
    Perhaps Audible fixed it or it was just a bad download. That's happened to me on occasion so I just download it again - at the highest level.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron denver, CO, USA 03-24-10
    Aaron denver, CO, USA 03-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Reader problems"

    Cindy Killavey reading is entirely flat. Of the 1115 books I have this reader is the worst. After forcing myself to listen to half the book with Kllavey's reading, I purchased the Vanessa Benjamin reading. I am quite happy with the Banjamin reading.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    turtlesong 12-13-07
    turtlesong 12-13-07 Member Since 2007

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    "It's Not The Story, It's The Recording"

    The story is the one that you know. Is the new governess insane, or are the children and the estate truly beset by the ghosts of the prior governess and valet?

    It would be a riveting story if not for the poor recording quality. When the narrator for the new governess takes over the story, the recording begins to fade in and out. In several areas, it sometimes becomes unintelligible. In the beginning of the story a "crossfade" is done to signify a change in narrators. But the fading in and out, a random intervals, of the governess' voice has no narrative reasoning that I can find, except error.

    Also, in one long segment after the governess takes over the story there appears to be an undertrack. You can't make out the words but you can hear that someone is speaking - most annoying.

    All-in-all, it's not worth it to spend four (4) hours and 26 minutes being driven crazy - not by evil entities, but by poor recordists.

    5 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Puyallup, WA, United States 03-29-08
    Mark Puyallup, WA, United States 03-29-08
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    "Hard to slow down for this one"

    Just like most good literature of the past, this book probably scared the heck out of people! The book is well read and moves at a comfortable pace, but I wasnt able to thoroughly enjoy it after being jaded by all the modern horror out there these days. I felt like I was reading a child's horror book, trying to be frightened by a scary coat hanging in the closet (not really in the book!). Excellent for the older crowd who want to bring back memories of better years in writing.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    teresa spokane, WA, United States 02-21-08
    teresa spokane, WA, United States 02-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "boring"

    hated narrator, her voice grated on me and just couldn't keep my attention. i really have nothing positive about this book.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    AbulletAway Hesperia, CA 12-20-10
    AbulletAway Hesperia, CA 12-20-10 Listener Since 2008

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    "A waste of time..."

    I listened to this book over the past couple of days and I have to say it wasn't scary, creepy, spooky or anything you would expect from a ghost story. I did like the lady's voice and it's probably the only reason I kept listening to the story. And, when I say story, there really isn't one. Sure questions are asked in this narrative but, nothing is answered and when you think you might finally get some answers, someone dies and the story ends and you're left thinking wtf!? That's it?!

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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