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  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not great, not bad....

  • By Doug on 07-13-17

A Wee and Precious Gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-15

Would you listen to Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad again? Why?

Absolutely. I'll listen many times, I think:)

David Suchet creates marvelous characterizations and is particularly good at distinguishing character voices from his own.

He has a wonderful cadence and tone for this type of story, for me at least.

The production quality is wonderful: clean, crisp and clear.



Any additional comments?

The whole experience was delightful and I look forward to having many more of Suchet's readings!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Denaker, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By chris on 02-05-10

Too Bad So Sad

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-15

What disappointed you about Collected Stories of William Faulkner?

Nothing disappoints me about Faulkner's stories.

The production of this collection, however, is unfortunate. There's no index, no distinction between the 6 sections you download (that is, you can't choose one section over another) and the stories run back to back with no gaps so you have to be paying very close attention to the timer to find '0' between stories.

I found it frustrating. With a hard copy of a collection, the reader can choose which story they start with, etc. Not so with this collection for the listener.If all you need/want is background on while you do other things, I suppose 35 hours of Faulkner is as good as it can get.

But, if you want a collection you can relish and return to favourites from, and discover new narrators from, you'll have to listen to the whole 35 hours, bookmark each story, and write your own notes on Titles, Narrators, length, etc. That's a lot of work...that shouldn't be required.

Any additional comments?

I really wish Audible would do Signature Performance of Faulkner's most familiar short stories (Barn Burning, A Rose for Emily, etc.) narrated by the same (Southern) celebrity.

36 of 38 people found this review helpful