Andrew Sachs reads these four classic stories of suspense - "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens, "The Haunted Doll's House" by M. R. James, "The Room in the Tower" by E. F. Benson, and "The Bus-Conductor" by E. F. Benson. These spine-tingling tales, from the golden age of the ghost story, are sure to leave you with a creeping sense of dread.
"The Signalman" relates the tale of a terrified railway worker, troubled by a dark foreboding. In "The Haunted Doll's House", when Mr Dillet buys a miniature Gothic manor from an antiques dealer, he has no idea of the horrific drama that will be played out within its walls. "The Room in the Tower" tells of a young man haunted by a recurring nightmare about the sinister Stone family and their tower room. But is it merely a dream, or a premonition? And in "The Bus-Conductor", Hugh Grainger explains to a ghost-seeking friend his theory regarding the supernatural - and recounts his own unsettling experience....
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I had read or listened to this quartet of stories before, but I found Andrew Sachs really brought a new dimension to them. I enjoyed every minute and am going to look for more of his narrations. Before this, I'd only associated him with "Fawlty Towers," so I've been missing out!
E.F. Benson's "The Room in the Tower" appears fully unabridged. In some other editions, said to be unabridged, all the details do not appear. Since it's such a perfect jewel of a story, it is best heard as it is here. It is so creepy, that when I first read it, I was afraid to go to sleep, not for fear of what might happen, but of what I might dream.
James' "Haunted Doll House" centers on a collector's joy at a wonderful acquisition: a miniature mansion, six feet of Strawberry Hill Gothic beauty. It's all too perfect...until you turn out the lights.
"The Signalman" and "The Bus Conductor" are great stories, too.
Although short, with only four stories, this is a very good collection of ghost stories! The narrator, Andrew Sachs, does a good job reading these classics. He has a raspy voice that really lends to the atmosphere of the tales. The Room in the Tower really stood out to me in this collection - I don't know if it was the way Sachs read it, but I'd never had such a good visualization of that story before. If you're looking to pick up something quick but good, check this one out!
I bought this collection even though I had read each of the tales more than once before getting the audio version. Ghost stories, especially ones as well-written as these, are better when read aloud.
E.F. Benson's "The Tower" has always creeped me out; Sachs really sells the climax of the story.
Andrew Sachs brings the right note of suspense along with normalcy that makes the supernatural elements extra creepy.
Not recommended for bedtime listening.
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