It is the unyielding realism in the details of the story - of history, and of the ship on which this tale unfolds - that allows the grotesque and mythic twist in the tale's plot to remain believable. Jack Benson' s performance of this 50-minute audio is nuanced and engaging, if not at all dramatic. Listeners will be hard pressed to recall that author F. Marion Crawford was a 19th-century cosmopolitan Italian, given that The Upper Berth has the tone of an all-American seafaring adventure story.
© and (P)1980 Jimcin Recordings
Classic ocean ghost.
The doctor, for his almost cynical certainty.
I haven't listened to any other works read by him.
The spook factor here was delightful and chilling, in the classic, good old british ghost story way. I liked the odd familiarity developed by the crew with the patterns of the apparition. The opening periods were just delightfully familiar in their Jamesian comedy.
I wanted a nice spooky sea-faring yarn. This delivers.
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