This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story The Rose Garden. Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.
©2014 Montague Rhodes James (P)2009 Andrews UK Ltd under exclusive license from Craftsman Audio
"David Collings Reads Wonderfully Well" (The Observer)
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"The mundane becomes terrible"
Yes, it takes a couple of listens to catch all the details
It only implies it never directly states what is happening
really sets the scene, it's like you are there in the story
let well alone
"M R JAMES CLASSIC HAUNTING IS SUPERB "
I have this in a drama version which makes the hairs on my back stand up! So was delighted to find this reading.
David Collins is a perfect narrator for the MR James collection. He has just the right amount of tempo and and knows how to project the right M R James style incorporating the warmth and atmosphere which brings to life the haunting images that are so important in all M R James writings.
David Collins brings out the characters in this story, even his interpretation of the stuck up wife is excellent, the way she nags her poor husband in such a manner that he agrees that what ever it be that she needs him to do for her, must indeed take precedent's over what ever project was important to him. Her dominance is her weakness and she is in for a big surprise.
M R James works are some of the best hauntings in English Literature. There are no computer graphics, ridiculous over bearing music, no foul language nor violence, just good plain English words worked beautifully into a poetic intricate web digging deep into the mind where we can easily conjure up the creepy scenes he wants us to see and feel, so much we believe we are part of the image.
I have the full collection of these readings and all are superb.
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