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Publisher's Summary

The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem. The governess believes they have been communing with the ghosts of the former valet and governess. The problem is no one else on the staff can see the ghosts. She alone suspects that the ghosts are controlling the young boy and girl for some evil purpose. The children are evasive when questioned, and the governess begins to fear that the souls of the two children may be in danger. Henry James manages to generate spine-tingling suspense in this mesmerizing tale.
©1898 Public Domain; (P)1979 Jimcin Recordings

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Excellent all around - great narrator

This is a classic which I have seen in movie form and enjoyed. I really enjoyed this audio more. The narrator is superb. The story is a classic with such a twist at the ending. Truly worth listening too if you like classic suspense which means don't expect fast paced but still engrossing.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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This is the best

Highly recommended.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Wondeful

Wonderful story and the reader was excellent. I had no problem with the sound as another reviewer did.
Perhaps Audible fixed it or it was just a bad download. That's happened to me on occasion so I just download it again - at the highest level.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Movie was better than the book. What a filp

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would get lost in all the words. Too wordy, I got the book because I saw the movie. Maybe I didn't enjoy it because the vocabulary, not sure. Good story, good performance, but really had a rough time finishing it. It seemed to go on and on and on.

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Cueste lo que cueste en qualidad de la historia

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

You get the quality of which you pay for on these audiobooks. The story is a classic though. What is really going on at the manor of Bly? Is this just a ghost story or one of schizphrenic hallucination? Is Mrs. Grose a gross guidepost to the reality and actuality of the governess's real hallucinations? The best analytical readings come to the conclusion that the questions are more important than the answer, and we as readers should come to the appreciation of the beautiful art of the combination of two seemlingly mutually exclusive presumptions--one phantasmal and the other psychological.

What did you like best about this story?

Perverse Sexual Innuendos

Would you be willing to try another one of Walter Zimmerman and Cindy Hardin Killavey ’s performances?

Probably Not

Any additional comments?

Read on.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Aaron
  • denver, CO, USA
  • 03-24-10

Reader problems

Cindy Killavey reading is entirely flat. Of the 1115 books I have this reader is the worst. After forcing myself to listen to half the book with Kllavey's reading, I purchased the Vanessa Benjamin reading. I am quite happy with the Banjamin reading.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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It's Not The Story, It's The Recording

The story is the one that you know. Is the new governess insane, or are the children and the estate truly beset by the ghosts of the prior governess and valet?

It would be a riveting story if not for the poor recording quality. When the narrator for the new governess takes over the story, the recording begins to fade in and out. In several areas, it sometimes becomes unintelligible. In the beginning of the story a "crossfade" is done to signify a change in narrators. But the fading in and out, a random intervals, of the governess' voice has no narrative reasoning that I can find, except error.

Also, in one long segment after the governess takes over the story there appears to be an undertrack. You can't make out the words but you can hear that someone is speaking - most annoying.

All-in-all, it's not worth it to spend four (4) hours and 26 minutes being driven crazy - not by evil entities, but by poor recordists.

5 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Puyallup, WA, United States
  • 03-29-08

Hard to slow down for this one

Just like most good literature of the past, this book probably scared the heck out of people! The book is well read and moves at a comfortable pace, but I wasnt able to thoroughly enjoy it after being jaded by all the modern horror out there these days. I felt like I was reading a child's horror book, trying to be frightened by a scary coat hanging in the closet (not really in the book!). Excellent for the older crowd who want to bring back memories of better years in writing.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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boring

hated narrator, her voice grated on me and just couldn't keep my attention. i really have nothing positive about this book.

2 of 18 people found this review helpful

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A waste of time...

I listened to this book over the past couple of days and I have to say it wasn't scary, creepy, spooky or anything you would expect from a ghost story. I did like the lady's voice and it's probably the only reason I kept listening to the story. And, when I say story, there really isn't one. Sure questions are asked in this narrative but, nothing is answered and when you think you might finally get some answers, someone dies and the story ends and you're left thinking wtf!? That's it?!

0 of 9 people found this review helpful