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  • The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M. R. James - Volume 1

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: M. R. James, Stephen Gallagher, A. K. Benedict, and others
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst, Tom Burke, Rosa Coduri, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

A collection of four ghostly tales inspired by M. R. James: Casting the Runes, Lost Hearts, The Treasure of Abbott-Thomas and A View from the Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Modern Retellings of M.R.James Classics

  • By Robert on 03-21-19

Excellent Modern Retellings of M.R.James Classics

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I heard about this audiobook online and thought I'd give it a go. The fact that it was retellings of M.R.James tales with a modern setting AND an audio drama intrigued me. The production is top-notch - all of the sound effects really add to the telling of the stories, and the narration is fantastic! The way the stories were transposed to the modern era was done well, just keep in mind that these are stories inspired by the originals so there will be differences between the two. They chose some of the best M.R. James tales to redo, with Casting the Runes and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas standing out as the most well done. I'm looking forward to the next volume in the series!

  • E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories

  • read by Mark Gatiss
  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Mark Gatiss ( Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson. There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that? Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • E.F. Benson Classics Excellently Read by Gatiss

  • By Robert on 10-28-17

E.F. Benson Classics Excellently Read by Gatiss

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Nine E.F. Benson stories read by Mr. Gatiss. I was pleasantly surprised by his performance - he has a great voice and did some enjoyable character acting. I thought his voice for Mrs. Amworth was more like a creepy old man and a bit out of place, but still entertaining. The stories in this audiobook are:
- Spinach
- In the Tube
- The Room in the Tower
- And No Bird Sings
- Negotium Perambulans
- The Man Who Went Too Far
- Mrs Amworth
- Caterpillars
- The Bus-Conductor
Highly recommended to classic horror fans!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Carmilla

  • By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Fox, Rose Leslie, David Tennant, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

Audible Originals bring you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla - starring Rose Leslie ( Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant ( Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox ( Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Vampire Story

  • By Alorah on 10-31-15

Excellent Cast of Characters for this Audio Drama!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

I have always liked the story Carmilla, and I was intrigued by it being an audio drama with multiple actors. Dr. Hesselius started out the story, and was WAY too dramatic with the pauses for his opening dialogue. Once you get past that it was FANTASTIC! Rose Leslie stole the show as Laura, who has a outstanding voice and it a superb actress. Get this audiobook, you'll love it!

  • The Great God Pan

  • By: Arthur Machen
  • Narrated by: Shea Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Machen's novella The Great God Pan is often cited as one of Lovecraft's most notable influences. In it, Dr. Raymond's ultimate goal is to devise a way to open the mind of man so that he may experience all the world has to offer. He calls this "seeing the great god Pan". After much study of the human mind, he devises an experiment that involves minor brain surgery. He performs this experiment on a young woman named Mary, but when she awakens she is terrified and mentally crippled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic horror

  • By Shantee on 05-04-16

Surprisingly Good Narration on a Classic Story!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

I'm a big fan of this story, and purchased this audiobook during one of the many Audible sales. When I first started listening to it, I thought that the narrator was going to be awful! I am very glad I persevered because boy was he awesome! He does excellent voices for the characters, and overall Shea Taylor blew me away with his performance. Don't hesitate to pick this one up!

  • Green Tea

  • By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 - 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the 19th century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Narration for an Excellent Story!

  • By Robert on 12-17-16

Very Good Narration for an Excellent Story!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I was pleasantly surprised at how good the narrator was. I really liked the voice he used for Dr. Hesselius, but didn't like the was he pronounced his name! It's a small quibble for such a good story. Don't hesitate to get this one if you like Le Fanu or classic horror stories!

  • Fifty Classic Horror Stories

  • By: E. F. Benson, W. W. Jacobs, W. F. Harvey, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Fifty of the greatest classic horror stories ever written: 1. "The Beast with Five Fingers" by W. F. Harvey 2. "The Well" by W. W. Jacobs 3. "The Nightmare Room" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 4. "The End of a Show" by Barry Pain 5. "Bagnell Terrace" by E. F. Benson 6. "Fingers of a Hand" by H. D. Everett 7. "The Interruption" by W. W. Jacobs 8. "Gavon’s Eve" by E. F. Benson 9. "The Ring of Thoth" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 10. "Moon’s Gibbet" by Egerton Castle 11. "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narrator!

  • By Hady on 09-28-15

I was looking forward to this one but...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-15

The narrator was horrible!!! As soon as she read the title for "The Beast With Five Fingers", I laughed. I could tell she was trying to be dramatic, but she tries to do it for almost every sentence. She draws out the ending of the words for dramatic effect, but it just ended up making me laugh. Not recommended.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Classic Tales of Horror for Halloween

  • Annotated Masterworks by Poe, Lovecraft, and Others
  • By: H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and others
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Vimont
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Classic horror stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries - annotated for modern listeners. This collection of stories and poems was originally selected with oral readability in mind, making this audiobook a sure-fire hit for listening to around the campfire at night, or to play for students - or for friends and family at Halloween get-togethers. For horror fans of all ages, these stories are guaranteed to intrigue, delight, and frighten!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Frightful!

  • By Daddy-O on 11-01-13

Hated the Narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-15

I found the narration to be horrible on this audiobook, and couldn't turn it off fast enough. Buyer beware!

  • Snowblind

  • By: Michael McBride
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

A stranger staggers out of the wilderness under the cover of a blizzard and stumbles into a diner full of people. He collapses in the entryway, unzips his jacket, and allows the object hidden inside to fall out. Screaming commences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent creepy read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-13-15

An Excellent Short Story by McBride!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

I must say that I was blown away when I first read (via ebook) this story. I loved it so much that when I saw it was on Audible, I didn't hesitate to get it! The story is as spooky as I remember and the narration by Gary Tiedemann is top notch. Highly recommended for those who like snowy horror!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Great Classic Suspense

  • Five Unabridged Classics
  • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert W. Chambers, and others
  • Narrated by: Geraint Wyn Davies, uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

This collection includes five of the greatest stories of American classic horror. The richest of language is used to create extraordinary atmosphere - gloom, darkness, solitude, despair - and the relentless feeling of impending doom. Includes: "The Oval Portrait", by Edgar Allan Poe; "Ethan Brand", by Nathaniel Hawthorne; "The Yellow Sign", by Robert W. Chambers; "The Upper Berth", by F. Marion Crawford; and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", by Ambrose Bierce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Selection of Stories Narrated Well

  • By Robert on 05-06-15

Good Selection of Stories Narrated Well

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

This was a quick audiobook with only five stories, but I found it quite enjoyable! Mr. Davies does a good job narrating this collection of classic stories. My favourite was The Upper Berth. Recommended!

  • Great Classic Horror

  • Six Unabridged Stories
  • By: Ambrose Bierce, Robert Louis Stevensonn, Washington Irving, and others
  • Narrated by: Geraint Wyn Davies
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The Victorian-era writers featured in this collection are known for their power of invention and command of horror and the supernatural. Included are "A Watcher by the Dead" by Ambrose Bierce; "The Body Snatchers" by Robert Louis Stevenson; "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving; "Dickon the Devil" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu; "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe; and "The Open Watcher" by Saki.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator, Good Collection

  • By A. E. B. on 02-16-16

A Bit Overacted in Some, but Still Very Decent!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

This audiobook on has a few classic horror stories, but they are good ones. I felt the narrator overacted a bit in some, trying to make it more dramatic. A bit of a fail but I warmed up to his voice in the end. I enjoyed his reading of The Body Snatchers the best, and does a very creepy voice at the end of A Watcher by the Dead. Recommended!