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Ten extraordinary tales of terror, penned by the prolific horror masters of old, from Lovecraft's relentless "Rats in the Walls" and the view from Saki's "Open Window", to the guilt of Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" and the ghostly musings on greed of Wharton's "Afterward".

Narrated by Ian Gordon & Jennifer Gill of HorrorBabble.

©2017 Ian Gordon (P)2017 Ian Gordon

What listeners say about HorrorBabble's Classic Horror: Volume 1

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High quality readings of these classic stories

Most people are familiar with the famous authors whose works of horror appear in this collection. Their stories are undeniably classics, and as such it is the quality of the narration that tends to become the prime factor in deciding whether to buy an audiobook of them. Well, I can definitely say you need look no further if you want professional and enthralling readings of these terrifying tales. Ian and Jennifer's eloquent vocal performances draw you in to the suspense and mystery of the works, making them seem fresh even if you've read or heard them before. I highly recommend this audiobook!

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cant wait for vol. 2

a great collection by some great readers, ive loved this and their carter collection and now this i cant wait for horror babble to release a vol 2

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A most worthy offering

Would you consider the audio edition of HorrorBabble's Classic Horror: Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

I have read enough of the stories Mr. Gordon and Ms. Gill have done readings of, and I trust their felicity to the source material.

What other book might you compare HorrorBabble's Classic Horror: Volume 1 to and why?

Being a compilation of disparate classic horror stories, there is little comparison I can make.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Gill and Ian Gordon – was your favorite?

The protagonist of The Tell-Tale Heart, voiced by Mr. Gordon, was suitably unhinged.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Here and there, yes.

Any additional comments?

The only fault I can find in this and their other compilation is the lack of story titles in the chapter listing.

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Stories aren't wine; they shouldn't be dry.

The title sums it up very nicely. These are classic horror stories read by the talented Mr. Gordon and Ms. Gill. They typically read in a dramatic rather than arid style, which I for one appreciate deeply. Their interpretation exhibits their own passion, stays faithful to the original work, and streamlines what otherwise might have been a relatively laborious read.

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Exactly What I've Been Looking For!

A gift for classic horror lovers. Love these narrators! Excellent readings, good variety of classic stories, and the production is on point. I know H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe inside and out, but the other works were new to me. Hopefully we get a volume two. Highly recommended!

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Fantastic stories with a superb delivery!

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

I already have recommended this audiobook to friends. Ian and Jennifer do an amazing job at delivering these classic stories. I highly recommend this purchase!

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Ian Gordon is the Superior Narrator

I would have given this five stars if Ian Gordon had done all of the narration. Jennifer Gill has a very boring reading voice.

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I didn’t like it at all. The book is not very scary and the English accent is annoying. The stories are hard to follow without falling asleep.

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Narration leaves a lot to be desired

The narration sounded unprofessionally done, there is a certain echo which is not present in most other audiobooks. This aside, Gordon’s narration was fine. Gill’s narration was too distracting to continue, ruining what are otherwise great short stories. Her pacing is totally off, is offputting, and is entirely out of relation - placing emphasis in the wrong spots! - to the story line.

It is both unusual and unfortunate that prior reviews (obviously friendly reviewers) don’t mention either circumstance, the odd lack of quality around the recording, and the stilted, oddly paced, undesirable nature of Gill’s performance. I always listen to narration before purchasing/or using a credit to pick up an audiobook. Unfortunately in the circumstance the sample only provides Gordon’s narration, and his was fine. But I am unable to continue with the narration performance done by Jennifer Gill.

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Excellent as usual

Horrorbabble does it again...would recommend to anyone who loves old school weird tales and horror fiction

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dreadful narration

stories are a great selection of classic horror but the narration really sucks. It literally sounds like each sentence was read put of sequence then stitched back together later. I also really wish they'd beeped out or replaced the name of the cat in the rats in the walls, it's pretty painful to repeatedly hear that word.