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Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw.
When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?
Having performed in films based on some of the greatest works in literature - including Sense and Sensibility, Howards End, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V - Thompson is no stranger to the classics, and she lends a graceful eloquence to this moody, macabre story. Joined by listener favorite Richard Armitage, who performs the prologue, Thompson reinvigorates this psychological thriller of life, death, evil, and the unknown.
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"[Narrator] Emma Thompson gives the performance we expect from an Oscar winner. Most listeners don't think of Henry James as a passionate writer, but passion is there, and Thompson brings it out - and adds some of her own.... Thompson's reading will teach new listeners how to read the text - and perhaps James in general - and to understand why he's considered a genius." (AudioFile)
The story is Ok but the narration is excellent. I kept expecting things to _happen_ but nothing really ever did. It ended up like more of a very long short story - quite Poe-like instead of something with depth & development that should have been possible in a novella.
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
phenomenal, cinematic, dynamic
The governess. Her narration drives the story. I feel suspense and horror through her words and reactions. I am surprised she did not have a name because she has a dominating presence in the narrative.
Once again, the governess performed by Emma Thompson was my favorite. Thompson got into the mind of the governess. I see and feel the world through her
Yes, I listened to it twice and enjoyed it more the second time because I got more out of the story.
I can listen to this over and over again and not tire from it. Henry James is a masterful, suspenseful writer who made this novella fun. The production quality of music and sound effects created a surround sound experience unlike anything I have ever encountered on audiobook. I highly recommend that you buy this. I thank Audible for giving a copy to beta test. Please make more audiobooks like this and even better.
A keen psychological thriller.
Had to listen in one go, though I wasn't planning on doing so.
This is a more subtle and elegant work than the modern forms of the genre of which I too am a fan.
If you can appreciate the greater nuance and high style of James's storytelling, this the well crafted work of Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage, et al, one can forgive that this is not a story told by the whizening by of plot points and happenings, but more of a walking on familiar trail discovering too late the ground beneath one giving way.
The only "problem" with this book on Audible is that the writing is so wonderfully intricate that it is impossible for me to comprehend its beauty without concentrating on every word (which admittedly is contrary to most audible books, where I'm normally listening while actually physically performing some other task). In that regard, it would be better suited to being read the old fashioned way (in my case, anyway), and I will be buying a hard copy in order to savor it more deeply. This version was still very enjoyable; I could listen to Emma Thompson all day long.
I've always loved this story and the movie adaptations of it and found this reading gave me a different perspective from either. Emma Thompson's reading was such a pleasure to listen too and I really enjoyed her interpretation of the governess's story and state of mind during the events in the book. I have listened to thousands of books and I would still have to say this production is in the top 10. Thank you audible and Emma Thompson!
The Governess of course ; )
We all voice these characters in our heads as we read and I have always leaned more towards the governess being just a bit vague and dreamy and not really in touch with reality. I always imagined her isolated upbringing and innocence would mean she expected reality to mirror some gothic romance book from her childhood. Emma Thompson's Governess character did not line up with what I always heard in my head and I found that added mystery and suspense to a book I have read many times. Audible productions can really be magical when they allow you to look at an old favorite in a totally new way. And of course Richard Armitage was most excellent as well.
Actually no. I wanted time to think about how different Emma's governess was from the one I had already fixed in my mind. I enjoyed thinking about the differences and what those differences would mean in the upcoming turns and twists the story would take.
If you are one of those people that don't buy audible versions of books you already know by heart from years of reading them keep in mind that a good actor can put a totally new spin on the stories you love and give them a fresh feel that adds a whole new dimension. I know it sounds trite but each new narrator, if they are good and these particular narrators are superlative, will let you experience this book anew thru another persons 'eyes'. and that is damn near priceless.
The overall production was well done, with good narration, sound effects, and mood music. The extra effects added to the performance without overwhelming it. A good version, if you like the story.
The story itself was okay. I enjoy ghost stories, but this wasn't exceptionally special. The performance on the other hand was very good. I like Emma Thomson and thought she did a great job. The music in the background helped add to the eerie tone and I thought it was a good addition; compared to the almost empty sounding audio books where only the narrator can be heard.
I loved this suspenseful story! I couldn't stop listening. Using the soundtrack with the reading was so effective that I found my self in the storyline and at times was so taken in as to forget where I was. This will be among my most recommended books ever! I only hope Audible applies more soundtracks to other books of this caliber.
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