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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

©1904 M. R. James (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Not great, not bad....

A ghostly tale...not a bad story, but I have heard better. The narration was good.

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Good old-time terror

excellent story, excellent narration. recommended. David Suchet is a treasure and does this classic supernatural horror story justice.

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Really something special

A perfect reading of a satisfying Victorian ghost story. Treat yourself to this lovely recording.

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Creepy but not entirely satisfying

Creepy story but not James' finest. David Suchet is excellent and his narration makes up for the less than punchy storyline.

The story leaves a lot of unanswered questions but not in the good way.

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AND HERE'S A SIX PENCE

Unless Audible pays you to listen to it, it is not worth your time. Suchet is excellent, but I could not get into the story.

Time is money.

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Go back in time

An old time scary story by a master horror writer. I loved it because it took me to a time in the past when most scary stories were less violent.

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You can't go wrong with James... or Suchet

What did you love best about Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad?

There are many TV, radio and audiobook adaptations of James's stories, but Suchet's are definitely among the best. His voice possesses just the right amount of suspense - close your eyes and you can imagine yourself in the presence of James himself, reading one of his own stories.

It's a short listen, but a thrilling one.

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Love M.R. James

Good story, and we'll performed. His collections are fun, too. Will look for other works on audible.

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Hey, its free

I don't think anyone can complain about a free audio book of any sorts. And David Suchet does a good job of narration. Free stories seem to be short stories, and therefore not enough meat to get your teeth into. Listen and delete,,, and in time forget

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A Wee and Precious Gem

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!

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  • Lynn Worton
  • 03-29-14

Creepy Short Story

This is a classic Christmas ghost story. I downloaded an audio copy, which had been specially created by Audible and read by David Suchet (actor of Hercule Perot etc.). I loved it!

Professor Parkins is a young man, who goes on a golfing holiday and finds a strange whistle that when blown, unleashes a horrifying event. As this was a short story, I couldn't get a good enough impression of his character. However, I did like him.

This is a short story, but it was well told and the suspense and mystery was chillingly built. Written in the traditional ghost story manner, the story swept me away and kept me entertained for just under an hour. Narrated by David Suchet, the story was given a creepy feel by his interpretation. I loved the way how he gave the different characters their own voice, and how he paced the tale. Neither too fast nor too slow, the story built until the climax at the end of the book. I was a little disappointed by how it ended, but it did make me feel a little scared! The only thing I have a quibble about was the origin of the whistle and why it called the specter.
Nevertheless, the story was extremely entertaining and I would definitely consider reading/listening to more of the works by this author.

M. R. James may have published this is 1904, but the contemporary feel of the story made it feel as if it had been written this year. His attention to detail brought the characters to life and his writing style flowed wonderfully.

There is no violence or horrific gore, so I recommend this book to younger readers who are looking for a small scare, and to adults who love classic ghost or horror stories. - Lynn Worton

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  • Kaggy
  • 04-27-15

Bed dread

Another thrilling ghost story from M R James told with exactly the right level of spookiness and humour by David Suchet. These stories set the gold standard by which all other supernatural tales should be judged.

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  • Simon
  • 10-15-15

An Intense Hour

This is a nice way to spend an hour. A deliciously spooky story narrated in perfect fashion by the excellent David Suchet. If you're "between books" and want a short filler this may well fit the bill..

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  • Matt
  • 04-14-15

Classic!

This one never leaves my phone! My all time favourite MR James story. David Suchet is simply fascinating to listen to, he thoroughly acts the story rather than just reads it. This really is the place to start if you've not experienced an MR James ghostly tale before.

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  • R. Hunter
  • 12-22-13

Fantastic stuff

Excellent, classic ghost story. Fantastic narration by David Suchet, I could listen to him all day. A lot shorter than I expected, but a good quality, creepy story that sticks in the mind. And free!

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  • Dinah
  • 12-24-13

Academic Finds Strange Whistle in Coastal Cemetary

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is a short story of the highest quality.

What did you like best about this story?

M.R. James is a former provost of King’s College, Cambridge and scholar of medieval history. Those who are familiar with his writing know what to expect as his ghost stories are so well written and effective. I am such a fan. This 45 minute story is perfect for this time of year.

Which character – as performed by David Suchet – was your favourite?

Set in the author's familiar territory of Cambridge and East Anglia, the story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the coast. The whistle, when blown, releases a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer rather like the worst form of ‘stalker’.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Scary, but in a good way.

Any additional comments?

I’ll say it again that some actors make for wonderful narrators and David Suchet’s narration is excellent. He gives the story the ‘spine tingling’ edge it deserves. Enjoy.

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  • K
  • 09-17-17

My favourite MRJames

A typical James tale but my absolute favourite. Eerie enough to bring uncomfortable mental images to mind and wonderfully narrated by David Suchet. This does have tongue in cheek moments and is wrought by utilising a few stereotypes. Nevertheless, underlying this is a very serious moral which shows us to always keep an open mind to whatever may occur.

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  • Mr. ANTHONY GRAHAM SMITH
  • 08-08-16

chilling!

read by a legend, in a very haunting way.
very good value with all the intensity needed in a ghost story

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  • Borbála
  • 05-08-16

can't say it frightened me much

I don't tknow what to think. I found reference to this story in a Stephen King novel and heard of M R James as a great ghost story writer and just expectes a lot more. at least to get some goosebumps or something but I can't say I got any. it was well written it just wasn't very intriguing or even imaginative. i have to say though the whole notion of CHRISTMAS ghost stories appears to me weird almost comical. one of those things no other nation than the English would have come up with in a million years.

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  • 04-08-16

Brilliant!

The narration of this classic tale from the pen of M R James by Mr Suchet was truly excellent :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful