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The Turn of the Screw (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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A young governess arrives at Bly, a country home in Essex, England, to care for Miles and Flora, two precocious and pure children. But as ghostly visions take shape, the obsessively protective governess soon fears for the safety of her wards - only to wonder if these hauntings are a conjuring of her own imagination.

In challenging what we see - and what we believe we see - in the dark of the night, The Turn of the Screw stands as one of the boldest and most chilling ghost stories ever told.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Turn of the Screw, this edition of The Turn of the Screw (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Ree
  • Greenville, SC USA
  • 10-16-18

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Beautifully narrated, and I love the ambiguity of the story, but I found the governess such an unlikable brew of naivety, arrogance, and unmotivated assumptions that I couldn’t become invested in the outcome. I kept hoping the children would drown the governess in the lake so we could all be done with her. I couldn’t figure out if we were supposed to find her a ridiculous drama queen or if it was the fault of the author in continuously having her make sweeping declarative assumptions about one detail or the next without a scrap of evidence or experience to explain her conclusion and weakly prefacing so many of her actions and decisions with “I don’t know why I did [fill in the blank]”, “I couldn’t tell you why I blank”, I couldn’t say why I then blank”......
I know it’s a classic but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.
I loved the ambiguity and the ending. I just detested the governess.

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