Levitt is both creator and performer in this collection of spooky New England tales. His style is distinctive, his voice clear and well-modulated, his characters fully voiced. Eerie sound effects and music are used extensively and appropriately. A feature of Levitt's style is a consistently slow pace and extensive repetition of both phrases and events. While at times these work to good effect, at other times they slow the story's pace and diminish excitement. The publisher's recommendation of an audience of nine and up is right on the mark as none of the stories are excessively gruesome or frightening.
"A welcome and eerie escape. Listeners will be entertained not only by this master storyteller but by the quality of the accompanying sound effects." (School Library Journal)
I first borrowed this as a cassette from our local library in the early nineties as a little kid, and the tails in this book enthralled me. Over two decades later, I woke up one morning and thought of The Purple Bishop, logged onto Audible and here was the book. The tails are as wonderful as ever. The stories are clean so kids can enjoy them, and should be entertaining for both kids and adults. The author also does a spectacular job of narrating. I couldn't possibly recommend this audiobook enough!
My son and I really enjoy this particular audio book. We are both big fans of Halloween and the entire autumnal season and this has become a perinnial favorite. The writing is magical and the narration is crisp and transporting. Not to scary for younger children, yet not to "babyish" for the older ones. This is perfect for keeping the children occupied in the car while running errends.