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M. R. James (1862-1936) was provost of King's College, Cambridge, and Eton College. He was a highly regarded scholar and academic but is today remembered for his ghost stories, which are considered among the finest in the genre. His short novel for children, The Five Jars, is a bewitching fairy tale in the form of a letter to a young friend, telling of the writer's strange experiences after discovering a box containing five jars with labels that indicate the mysterious powers of their contents.

Public Domain (P)2016 Spiders' House Audio/Roy Macready

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  • 07-20-18

Great reading, terrible AUDIBLE audio

Roy Macready is an excellent reader - he brings MR James to life and his voice reminds me of Peter Tuddenham's. A beautifully paced reading as with his MR James Ghost Stories and other readings.

Sadly, AUDIBLE have done their usual "magic" on the audio quality of this recording and it has a lot of audio compression artefacts and harsh sound. Why is the best quality available barely 64kbps?
Come on AUDIBLE, buck up your audio ideas and join the 21st century - this is far worse than a 30 year old analogue audio cassette recording.