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Ghost Stories, Volume 2 | [M. R. James]

Ghost Stories, Volume 2

A second collection of tales from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James, whose stories have for many years inspired the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas TV adaptations. This volume includes 'A Warning to the Curious', 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', and 'A Neighbour's Landmark'.
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A second collection of tales from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James, whose stories have for many years inspired the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas TV adaptations. This volume includes 'A Warning to the Curious', 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', and 'A Neighbour's Landmark'.

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    Kit AMBRIDGE, PA, United States 11-07-11
    Kit AMBRIDGE, PA, United States 11-07-11
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    "Jacobi brings these wonderful old tales to life!"

    The only reason I don't give the Story rating a five is because while these stories may have been super frightening to the Victorian or Edwardian listening, the level of fright they impart now is somewhat lessened. The tone and language of the writing is superb, nonetheless, and the ideas held within the stories fascinating and supernatural. The Jamesian Ghost story isn't for everyone, but the formula is a good one!

    Of all the many recorded books available of James' works, Derek Jacobi does the best. His skill at dialects brings each of the characters to life without the disconnect and interruption of focus caused by multiple readers in one piece. One immediately feels the life of each person, and the familiarity of an acquaintanceship. In addition, it recalls the original purpose of many of James' works: the Christmas reading at a party. Jacobi's delivery, other than the dialects themselves, is full of the emotion proper to the scenes, easy to follow and bringing to mind the theater. The stage is set keenly, and if a listener doesn't have an advanced vocabulary, the tone and delivery offers context clue as to what is going on.

    Indeed, I've listened many times to my copy. I've found my favorites to be 'A Warning to the Curious' and The Mezzotint'. The price is worth the 2 hrs and 46 mins, given the easy of listening again and again. Don't miss out on the Volume 1 of this set, if you get this one (I bought the CDs of Vol. 1, rather than the audible file.)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-27-12
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Narration of Ghost Classics!"

    Derek Jacobi is an incredible narrator! He really brings these stories to life with a number of accents, voices and emotion. I must admit that Volume One of Ghost Stories is my favourite so far, Volume Two does not dissapoint. If you are a fan of M.R. James or classic ghost stories like I am, pick this one up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Sahu Southern California 12-24-13
    C. Sahu Southern California 12-24-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Quite Good"

    The three M.R. James ghost stories read in this audiobook are "A Warning to the Curious," "The Mezzotint," and "The Stalls at Barchester Cathedral." Both this and M.R.James' "Ghost Stories, Volume 1" are enjoyable if you love old English-style ghost stories (lots of atmosphere, long wind-up to a sudden, somewhat mysterious apparition), but James' best work are in his "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" collection. These are the B team. Derek Jacobi is the perfect reader.

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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 11-14-12
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Worse than volume one"

    Audible asked me to provide my opinion of this book for the benefit of other listeners. I hope you heed my warning. Do not download this book. The book is boring. It will be a waste of your time and money. The stories are not scary. They are long tedious stores that lack appeal to both children and adults. My recommendation is to pass this one up. Title sounds promising but the content is terrible. I’d say more of the same but this one is worse than the first.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Joseph
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    "Better than Volume 1"

    What can I say - if you like M.R. James then these are superb adaptations. Derek Jacobi is the perfect voice to inhabit the world and his measured delivery is engaging and well suited to the 'academic' style M.R. James so often writes in.

    I actually prefer this volume to the first, mainly because of the fantastically creepy 'A Warning To The Curious' which more than justifies giving this a listen on it's own. If I have any criticisms then they are those that can be levelled at all M.R. James material - repeated stories, styles and characters. That said, as an adaptation I cannot fault it.

    One of those audiobooks I can certainly imagine myself returning to time and time again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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