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The Turn of the Screw [Soundtrack Edition]

Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)
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This version of The Turn of the Screw features a soundtrack that includes music and sound effects designed to enhance the listening experience. We will send you a survey in the next few weeks to ask for your feedback on this version. Your feedback will be very helpful and is much appreciated.

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw.

When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

Having performed in films based on some of the greatest works in literature - including Sense and Sensibility, Howards End, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V - Thompson is no stranger to the classics, and she lends a graceful eloquence to this moody, macabre story. Joined by listener favorite Richard Armitage, who performs the prologue, Thompson reinvigorates this psychological thriller of life, death, evil, and the unknown.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator] Emma Thompson gives the performance we expect from an Oscar winner. Most listeners don't think of Henry James as a passionate writer, but passion is there, and Thompson brings it out - and adds some of her own.... Thompson's reading will teach new listeners how to read the text - and perhaps James in general - and to understand why he's considered a genius." (AudioFile)

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Emma Thompson is extraordinary

The story is Ok but the narration is excellent. I kept expecting things to _happen_ but nothing really ever did. It ended up like more of a very long short story - quite Poe-like instead of something with depth & development that should have been possible in a novella.

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Excellent narration, dubious about sound effects

Emma Thompson does an excellent job with this narration of a wonderful classic. The unique factor here is the sound effects. I am not sold on them. They were well done, but they took me away from the story instead of allowing me to sink into it. In the future, I will be avoiding books with sound effects.

I still gave five stars to the story and performance of the narrator because those were excellent. It's just the production and sound effects that took away from om the overall.

My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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The Turn of the Screw

A suspenseful read with ghosts! Author leaves interpretation of the ending up to the reader

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Listen to This Twice

If you could sum up The Turn of the Screw [Soundtrack Edition] in three words, what would they be?

phenomenal, cinematic, dynamic

Who was your favorite character and why?

The governess. Her narration drives the story. I feel suspense and horror through her words and reactions. I am surprised she did not have a name because she has a dominating presence in the narrative.

Which character – as performed by Emma Thompson and Richard Armitage - introduction – was your favorite?

Once again, the governess performed by Emma Thompson was my favorite. Thompson got into the mind of the governess. I see and feel the world through her

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

Yes, I listened to it twice and enjoyed it more the second time because I got more out of the story.

Any additional comments?

I can listen to this over and over again and not tire from it. Henry James is a masterful, suspenseful writer who made this novella fun. The production quality of music and sound effects created a surround sound experience unlike anything I have ever encountered on audiobook. I highly recommend that you buy this. I thank Audible for giving a copy to beta test. Please make more audiobooks like this and even better.

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Awesome

A keen psychological thriller.

Had to listen in one go, though I wasn't planning on doing so.

This is a more subtle and elegant work than the modern forms of the genre of which I too am a fan.

If you can appreciate the greater nuance and high style of James's storytelling, this the well crafted work of Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage, et al, one can forgive that this is not a story told by the whizening by of plot points and happenings, but more of a walking on familiar trail discovering too late the ground beneath one giving way.

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Who am I to pan a classic?

But taking the liberty of critic (“the most degraded trade of all” according to Mr. Clemens) not even James’ eloquent pen saves this one. I am an ardent fan of Victorian literature and particularly of a phrase well turned, but too much ambiguity and an ending as sudden as a brick wall took all the pleasure out of this short novel. Emma Thompson and Richard Armitage do their heroic best and yet...I won’t try James again...not when there is so much more Dickens, Hardy, Trollope and others to sample.

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Right thriller read by a master

Excellent. Could not stop listening to this classic. Such superb writing and the narration was excellent. Highly recommend . The bonus is that there is no outright sordidness since of course such tasteless prose could not have been written in Henry James time.

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Not a fave

I thought Emma Thompson did a good job. Didn't much like the book though. They focused a lot on the children's beauty, and for me, that detracted from, rather than added to, the story.

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Excellent narration, not so excellent story

Thompson did a fantastic job reading this one. Unfortunately, the story itself left a lot to be desired. I have no problem with wordy and meandering narrations but in this case it bogged down the plot until it became a fairly confusing mess.

The sound effects didn't bother me, but the music felt unnecessary and doesn't work out so well if you listen at a faster speed.

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A Story not Worthy of it's Performance

Great reading(s) TERRIBLE Story. Hard to follow. Emma's talent is on full display, as she made this unlistenable book listenable.
I had heard another person read this story and found it confusing and overly wordy (and I am a fan of such writers as Dickens, Poe and MR James) but I hoped that Emma would help me understand it better and she did! But the story is still awful.
This "Soundtrack Edition" was very much more so enjoyable Because of the music and sound effects which added to the story and helped pull me in a little more. I hope they will do that for the "Bobiverse" books next as that will help make those even better!