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Publisher's Summary

The iconic anthology series of horror tales that's now a feature film!

Narrated by Patton Oswalt, Melissa McBride, and Alex Brightman, this collection includes all three of Alvin Schwartz's classic story collections: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3. Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death - they're all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories, collected and retold by folklorist Alvin Schwartz. These horrific tales are guaranteed to raise goosebumps. Let the faint of heart beware. 

Pull up a chair, find a hand to hold, and prepare to be horrified. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Alvin Schwartz (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Don't waste your money/credit

I wanted a bit of spooky nostalgia as I prepared myself for these stories that scared me so much as a kid to be whispered in my ear, but that's not what I got. I got Patton Oswald (they let you know Patton Oswald is part of this about 100 times before the book starts) reading from a book as if he were reading a recipe. At the parts that are supposed to contain suspense or be a jump scare he says, "Now jump at your friends and yell 'Ahh!'" Every. Single. Time. It was a major let down from what I would expect from a classic scary story narration.

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Do not waste your credits

This was the worst audiobook I have purchased. This is full of hokey campfire stories. Just not my thing.

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Some work needed

This is not the original version with the rich sepulchral tones. And the spoken instructions of the jump scare stories in the first section are enough totake listeners out of the stary.

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booo misleading

These are stories for the listener to repeat... not an actual Book with a connecting story thru out.

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Annoyed

I’m a little upset that I bought the two scary stories to tell in the dark to find out that they are exactly the same besides the other one has way better actors.

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child's stories tip tell in the dark

had these books as a child loved them then and love them now, storyteller sucks

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scary

love these scary stories!! really keep me up at night.. love sharing them with my kids..

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Finally the whole thing

I had the books and always wanted to hear someone read them. For the first time I can. The readers are all great. Give it a try.

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Amazing book!

I truly enjoyed listening to all those short scary stories.
I will probably tell some of them to friends sometimes to scare them a little!
Amazing performances by Melissa McBride, Patton Oswalt and Alex Brightman.

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Nostalgia and that's it

I remember these from when I was a kid and thought to grab this for some old spooks. It's a big hit in the nostalgia feels. That said that's about it. The stories aren't exactly scary but still fun to hear. The narration was probably the weakest part. One of those I think it would have been best to have the books in my hands again and reread it.
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The stories were fun to listen to again. Like I said before these aren't scary but still fun to listen to there is a tiny creep factor or just some uneasiness that passed over me when I was a child. This is most noticeable when you get the notes sections of the book. The notes I think are what really killed the audio version of this book. You start off listening to the stories and get in a mood little creepy little dark then pop into the notes section and it turns into a lecture. I won't lie the notes section is great because of the info behind it but that just brings the whole I would have much rather had the book in my hands soI could return to that section at a later time. I want to keep the little spooks going.
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I didn't like Patton Oswalt's performance although the stories he had to read were the jumpscares and part of the bit is to yell a bit but it felt extremely forced especially when he is reading the notes "make sure you scream and point at someone" Melissa McBride was probably my favorite one of the three she had various tones throughout and gave the different characters a bit more personality given the short time with each story, Alex Brightman was good as well no complaints just preferred Melissa's performance.
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This was a big hit for the nostalgia and I enjoyed it for the most part. I think this is better read from the book or even reading to another person so you don't have to hear the 'instructions on when to scream' parts. If you can get over the almost 'instruction booklet' parts it is fun.