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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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This Story Is Sweet

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The basis for Joseph L. Mankiewicz's cinematic romance starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.

Burdened by debt after her husband's death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Through the struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain's story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted.

Originally published in 1945, made into a movie in 1947, and later adapted into a television sitcom in 1968, this romantic tale explores how love can develop without boundaries, both in this life and beyond.

©2018 R. A. Dick (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Fun Story For All Ages

I first read this story about 40 years ago, it was the first book that I read from cover to cover in one day.
I rediscovered this book recently and have enjoyed listening to it. I've enjoyed the old movie and the tv series.

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  • N. H.
  • United States
  • 03-19-19

Lucy is dutiful until . . .

I love the movie of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I first saw it as a child. After repeated viewings, it never lost the sense of romance and magic I found on my first viewing. I was delighted to find the audiobook of the novel the movie was based on. The audiobook was as enjoyable as the movie although there are a few differences. The story follows Lucy a dutiful young woman of her age, late Victorian/Edwardian. Lucy was a good child, who married and was a good wife. She had two children and was a good mother. When her husband died, she found herself penniless because her husband had gambled with the stock market. Lucy, now a widow, is living with her husband's family who refers to her (to her face) as "poor. little Lucy). They make all her decisions including those for her children.

Lucy suffers a spell of rebelliousness and moves herself and her children to a house overlooking the sea near a village. The house she chooses is very inexpensive because no tenant stays more than 24 hours. The previous owner does not want new tenants. What follows is a lively story, at times full of joy and others heartbreaking but never, ever boring. Elizabeth Jasicki does a very nice job narrating.

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Wonderful Narration

I already knew I loved this story, but now I also want to find more stories narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki.

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A love story

I remember watching this on TV as a child, Love it then and love the book. I actually found the DVD of this also just so I could see it anytime I wanted. Ive listen to the audio book and will probably do so many times.

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  • 04-14-19

A wonderful classic

A fabulous work, such a joy to listen too. The relationship between the Captain & Mrs Muir is truly heartwarming.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 12-31-18

Classic film's source novel.

I've seen both the fim and a theatrical adaptation, enjoying the gentle humour of both. The lifetime of friendship between a widow and the ghost inhabiting her house is a warm one, and very much set in its time.

Lucy Muir has two young children when her husband dies. They must find an affordable new house, and Gull Cottage, mostly because of the supposed haunting by a previous occupant, proves the perfect place for them. Lucy immediately discovers that the haunting is very real, Captain Gregg is a salty, worldly old ghost, who 'allows' her to stay in his house if she promises to leave it to retired sailors in her will.

This is just the start of a lifelong relationship, one that shows affection, care and annoyance, almost a marriage! Lucy watches her children grow up and leave her, sometimes less than appreciatively, and in need of money, it is Captain Gregg who offers her the solution.

Mrs Muir is very much a woman of her time, embarrassed at the thought of using a pawn shop, concerned with appearances. Her son Cyril exemplifies old-fashioned values, daughter Anna pushing for a more modern outlook as Lucy herself ages and wants only their happiness. The oldest of them all, Gregg, sees their lives and wishes in the clearest light of all, with the perspective of a much-travelled and experienced sailor, shocked by nothing.

The unspoken affection (similar in some ways to 'The Remains of the Day') is understated but evident, as Lucy (or 'Lucia' as Gregg calls her) ages, he remains constant.

I didn't question the paranormal element at all, I just enjoyed the nostalgic feeling of the 1940s setting and outlook.

This made a very congenial listen, with a female voice conveying the upper class but slightly naive Lucy at the same time as the salty sea dog Gregg without sounding false. Lucy's voice even aged and matured as she did.

Lovely period piece, even if I could only picture Rex Harrison as Captain Gregg.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.