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Build up your bonfire, break out your marshmallows, and make sure you’ve got someone to grab when things get scary...then press play on this classic collection of over 40 spooky stories, edited by Stephen Brennan, who has left no stone unturned in his search for the most memorable haunted tales of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Including unforgettable additions from such literary greats as H. G. Wells and Edgar Allen Poe, this collection is guaranteed to thrill and chill. J. M Badger and Imelda Pot prove themselves to be energetic and animated performers, exercising careful pacing to amp up the tension in these ghoulish shorts, guaranteed to creep you out!

Publisher's Summary

A big, brilliant, spooky collection of classic and contemporary ghost stories that will make you hesitate before turning off that light.

©2011 Stephen Vincent Brennan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A very mixed review

Because this is a collection of stories that were written by different authors and read by different narrators, I found that I either truly enjoyed or truly hated each story. There was very little middle ground.

In the second half of the book, I gave each story no more than 10 minutes. If I liked it by that point, I listened to the rest. If it did not capture my attention by then, I jumped to the next story.

This made the second half much more pleasant than the first.

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Same ol', same ol'...

If you've heard one, you've heard 'em all...great classics that have been told a few too many times, already.

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  • Rose
  • 03-18-16

So these are the best ghost stories ever told are they?

Not sure about some of the stories in this collection. That is to say, I'm not sure that if I were editing them I'd necessarily have included some of them since to my mind they aren't, strictly speaking, ghost stories. I'll give an example. 'Open Window' is more about a woman with a fanciful imatination and a talent for telling convincing lies than about a real ghost. I felt the naration was flat in places and the accents were a mite strange. However they did their best and that's a lot. I'd read it again anyway. If you're an aspiring writer of short fictuion and you'll try your hand at anything then read this one. If you're an aspiring reader of audio books read this one. it'll show you how not to do it. If you just like ghost stories then give it a listen but don't be surprised if you find some you disagree with in terms of their inclusion in this collection.

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  • Sarah-Jayne
  • 10-06-17

Great stories, poorly read

I love a good ghost story, and among my favourite authors are Wilde, James & Poe. However I think this was a poor choice of narrator for such stories. Very monotone, with little inflection or suspense. I am not a anglophile, but I believe, as many of the stories are by English authors, this collection would have benefitted from a British narrator.

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  • Video Guy
  • 05-02-15

Skip this tittle

Great stories read too quickly with appalling accents... the British and German accents are shockingly bad. It is difficult to follow as a result. The narrator is out of his depth and ruins some classic stories.... Pity a great collection If narrated well .

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