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

Ghost Stories, Volume One

Sir Derek Jacobi reads a 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. M. R. James was described as "a man who, in company with Sheridan le Fanu, is the best ghost-story writer England has ever produced".
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Sir Derek Jacobi reads a 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. M. R. James was described as "a man who, in company with Sheridan le Fanu, is the best ghost-story writer England has ever produced".

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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-26-12
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible Narration for M.R. James Classics!"

    I have found my new favourite narrator, Derek Jacobi! He's incredible at narrating these classic ghost stories by M.R. James - the way he acts out the conversations between characters is amazing! Here is a listing of the stories read:

    A View From a Hill
    Rats
    A School Story
    The Ash Tree
    The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance

    If you're a fan of M.R. James or classic ghost stories, do not pass this one up! Get it now!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robby INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 07-31-13
    Robby INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 07-31-13
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    "An (Almost) Excellent Introduction."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book, and volume two, are very good for the newcomer to M.R. James's work. The only downside to this anthology is perhaps the fact some of his best stories are not included. I would have loved to have heard Jacobi's take on "Casting The Runes".


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Do not download"

    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.

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  • Thomasina
    Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, United Kingdom
    12/18/09
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    "MrsMac"

    I downloaded this last night, as the television was terrible (when isn't it?) and rather than watch something just for the sake of it, I thought I'd give it a go, who doesn't love a ghost story at Christmas. I've absolutely loved M R James since I was a teenager; Derek Jacobi's narration is superb(I could listen to him reading a telephone directory). The beauty of James is that it leaves so much to the imagination, nothing is ever explicit -something which Hollywood could take note of. Don't expect to be scared out of your wits, James is more subtle in his approach, unnerving and unsettling. So turn the television off this Christmas, turn the lights down and listen. You won't be disappointed.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    London, United Kingdom
    1/9/11
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    "Unsettling"

    I lay in bed over Christmas listening to these before I went to sleep. I had no idea how strange and disturbing these stories are, particularly the first few. In fact I find it difficult to describe them as ghost stories. Superbly read by Derek Jacobi,these are simply unlike anything I have ever heard or read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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