A young librarian receives a request for an obscure Hebrew book from a sinister gentleman, unaware of its contents.
Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by dispensing with many of the formal Gothic trappings of his predecessors, and replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.
"Montague Rhodes James has an intelligent and scientific knowledge of human nerves and feelings; and knows just how to apportion statement, imagery, and subtle suggestions in order to secure the best results with his readers." HP Lovecraft.
Actor David Suchet is best known for his definitive portrayal of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective created by the legendary mystery author Agatha Christie, in a number of international television productions. He narrates his story in Poirot and Me.
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I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
There are relatives no one wants to have. What's even worse is if they can't quite manage to die. This is very fun and very much a case of that. Enjoy.
"Ghost story typical of the 19th genre"
Possibly, if i had a little time to kill. Nothing in the story to warrant a rereading but classical stye writing and a good reading would stand repeating ( Since the book is well under an hour long)
Read several of the authors shorts, this one is very typical. I wonder why they are published as seperate books rather than as a collection - i have five and in total they do not add up to even a short novel, under four hours.
Suchet is unobtrusive, i read to myself unobtrusively ergo . . .
Necessary to listen to in one reading due to it nature and length
Good classic style writing and fine reading. Very typical of the genre and the other stories by James. This review to be attached to each of the other short stories by the autor, vis a vis their reviews to this. Ah.. had they be published as a collection i would only have to write one!
"not engaging enough"
5 stars for David Suchet reading, but the story really didn't hold my interest enough.
Yes. It was bit-sized at less than n hour and the story was okay if really quite nt up to modern "spook" tastes.
Yes. I bought several at Christmas but I'll only try 1 more if its as tame as this one.
Yes, very good. He reads well and has a voice tha's easy to listen to.
"LIGHT ON FRIGHTS, BUT WORTH A LISTEN"
The Tractate Middoth is one of the least scary of M. R. James's tales and it's to David Suchet's credit that he has resisted the temptation to ham it up. His precise, understated delivery ensures that such disquieting moments as the story has do not leap out at the listener but slide insidiously into his or her mind.Only the burst of music at the start of this recording strikes the wrong note. It's neither eerie nor ominous - just irritating!
"A match made in heaven"
I love M. R. James' ghost stories, and I couldn't think of a better reader than David Suchet. A treat.
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