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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The stories on the CDs are different from those on the website.
***I received the CD in October and the stories on the disc were not the same as those advertised on the Amazon website. They might have put things right by now but it's probably worth checking out the wording on the CD cover and comparing it with the product advertisment on Amazon***.

More chilling Ghost Stories is a 2 x audio CD compilation featuring four...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm ... OK but maybe I'm not very easily chilled
To build the atmosphere, I ventured out to my conservatory with a late night tipple, lit a candle and started playing this CD. The first long story - The Tractate Middoth, I found overly wordy and only vaguely creepy in its denouement. Things picked up a bit with the short Dickensian tale Mr Testator's Visitation, although the visitation's consumption of hefty quantities...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The stories on the CDs are different from those on the website., 19 Oct 2013
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JK "J. K." (UK) - See all my reviews
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***I received the CD in October and the stories on the disc were not the same as those advertised on the Amazon website. They might have put things right by now but it's probably worth checking out the wording on the CD cover and comparing it with the product advertisment on Amazon***.

More chilling Ghost Stories is a 2 x audio CD compilation featuring four unabridged stories:-

CD 1

The Tractate Middoth, M. R. James (a librarian has a terrifying visitation while searching for a certain obscure volume) &
Mr. Testator's Visitation, Charles Dickens (a poor man who 'borrows' something from another man's cellar has to think again when the owner returns to claim what's his).

Both stories read by Stephen Grief.

CD 2

Casting the Runes, M. R. James (alchemy, runes and demons abound in this tale of the supernatural).
The Trial for Murder, Charles Dickens (a professional man has a nasty experience while acting as foreman to the jury in a dreadful case of murder).

Both stories read by Gareth Armstrong.

The disc runs for approximately two hours and ten minutes.

All of the stories are old, The Trial for Murder was written in 1870, and I'm happy both readers give traditional, theatrical, renditions perfectly suited to the age and style of writing. Plenty of atmosphere and complexity with great characterisation helps give a lift to these classic tales of the supernatural. Subtle themes of unease and eeriness, the odd chill or two and perfect entertainment for a cold, dark winter evening.

However; the Gothic, spooky soundtrack is a complete turn off and only needs Christopher Lee to open a creaking coffin lid to make it total 1970s Hammer Horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant terror, 10 Nov 2013
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downkiddie "downkiddie" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This highly enjoyable CD presents readings of four classic ghost stories. It should be noted the CD contains "The Tractate Middoth" by M.R. James and "Mr Testator's Visitation" by Charles Dickens, both read by Stephen Grief on CD1. On CD2 the same mix of authors in the same order, this time read by Gareth Armstrong: "Casting The Runes" and "The Trial For Murder".

Both men read their stories with perfect pacing and just the right mixture of drama and sober narration. Both stories are wonderful for a dark night and really draw in the listener.

M.R. James's "Tractate Middoth" is a timely inclusion since that classic tale will be dramatised by BBC2 for the 2013 revival of the Ghost Story for Christmas. This reading presents the original in all its original, unabridged brilliance.

All the readings are straightforward readings and easy to enjoy. There are no sound effects besides the eerie introductory music, the same as found on other CDs in this series.

A very enjoyable CD, perfect for the dark months, and a great way to enjoy Dickens tales in particular which can be heavy going when one is feeling sleepy and trying to hold open a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another four solid presentations of some classic ghost stories..., 4 Jan 2014
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Chris Hall "DLS Reviews" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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First released back in 2013 by the BBC Audiobook publishers, AudioGo, 'More Chilling Ghost Stories' is a two CD audiobook-set that offers up four classic horror tales; following on from the company's earlier collection 'Chilling Ghost Stories' (2012). The collection as a whole runs for a total of 2 hours and 10 minutes and includes the following unabridged spoken word adaptations:

The Tractate Middoth - M.R. James - 15 tracks - 45 minutes 39 seconds

The library was drawing near to closing time when librarian David Garrett was asked by a gentleman by the name of John Eldred to locate a book for him. However, upon trying to assist the man, Garrett found that the book in question, The Tractate Middoth, was out with another elderly gentleman. Wishing to assist Eldred as best he could, the following morning Garrett tries again to obtain the book, only to be taken ill in the process. However, when he embarks upon a trip to the seaside in order to recuperate, by chance he happens to share a carriage with a woman named Mary Simpson and her daughter, who whilst in conversation tells Garrett that she is a landlady, but has a connection with John Eldred. Indeed, Eldred had inherited a great fortune that was legally bequeathed to her. If only she knew where the late Dr John Rant had written the will...

First published back in 1911 within the British author's second ghost stories collection 'More Ghost Stories' (1911), for the most part the short tale is certainly more embedded within a mystery than that of a ghost story. However, as the short tale draws to an end, an eerie supernatural element does work its way into the climax, delivering a haunting ending of ghostly comeuppance. For this audio presentation, Stephen Greif reads the story, delivering a clear and easy to follow rendition of the tale, with plenty of atmosphere and storytelling charm. Indeed, Greif goes so far as to alter his voice for the handful of characters' narratives - putting on a very convincing tone for the landlady in particular. All in all Greif gives a solid performance at reading this strangely compelling story, with plenty of warmth and character to his voice giving it just the right feel for the tale.

Mr Testator's Visitation - Charles Dickens - 3 tracks - 9 minutes 53 seconds

Mr Testator wasn't a well-off man by any stretch of the imagination. And so when he took up lodgings in an unfurnished room at the Lyons Inn, he found that he was quite without any furniture. However, having access to the property's old cellar, Testator soon found a large amount of furniture stored away in its depths. At first he took just one or two pieces. But within a matter of weeks Testator had removed all of the furniture from the cellar, and having cleaned it up, had set it about his new home for his own use. But, late one night there was a knock at his door from a strange visitor. A drunken old man enquiring about his furniture. Seems the furniture hadn't been forgotten after all..

First published back in 1861 under the chapter title 'Chambers' within his collection of stories entitled 'The Uncommercial Traveller' (1861), Charles Dickens' short is a strange little tale that seems to end rather abruptly without really getting anywhere at all with the 'ghostly' element. Indeed, the story feels very much like a 'filler', or as it was originally published, as a chapter in a larger piece of work. That said, Stephen Greif's reading of the tale is once again full of atmosphere and storytelling charm; drawing the listener into the story with a very fittingly sombre mood that his perfectly-suited vocals create. Okay, so as a standalone-story it isn't all that great, but to be fair, this audio version still manages to do the very best service it can within the limited scope of such an undeniably truncated tale.

Casting The Runes - M.R. James - 17 tracks - 49 minutes 16 seconds

When Mr Karswell's draft paper on 'The Truth Of Alchemy' is rejected by the Association, the publishers gradually begin to feel increasingly nervous about the decision. For, it emerges that Karswell doesn't take kindly to people who do not do as he wishes. His arrogant and thoroughly disagreeable nature has not won him much support over the years. And indeed, those that have declined previous pieces of work from this supposed alchemist, have not fared well in the long-run. And when the man responsible for dismissing Karswell's paper, a man by the name of Dunning, learns of Karwell's reputation, he starts to become increasingly nervous about the situation. But it's not just nerves that have him seeing strange things now. Something is definitely very wrong...

First published back in 1911 within his collection 'More Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary' (1911), M.R. James' short 'Casting The Runes' has become one of the author's better known stories - having been adapted into a number of different formats numerous times over the years. For this version, Gareth Armstrong jumps in, delivering a far more hurried and pacey reading - which it has to be said can at times be a struggle to keep on top of. Although drenched in supernatural mystery, the story nevertheless seems to plod along at quite a reserved pace; even in spite of Armstrong's much more immediate and hasty reading. However the tale is still an absolute belter - with surprising depths of human psyche exposed, as well as an utterly chilling rise towards its eventual conclusion.

The Trial For Murder - Charles Dickens - 9 tracks - 27 minutes 29 seconds

The news of a murder had brought with it much talk and speculation. Around the time, a young bachelor who worked at a local bank happened to see two men walking down Piccadilly - the first man looking harassed whilst the second, who seeming to be following the other man, appeared waxen-faced. The significance of seeing these two men only struck the man when he was called up for jury duty, for the trial on the murder. For as he was being selected in court, he realised he recognised the defendant as the harassed looking man from Piccadilly. Furthermore, when the defendant sees the juror, he instantly tries to object. But having no obvious grounds for it - the objection is overruled. And to the defendant's dismay, this man becomes the foreman, and with that, seals his fate...

First published back in November of 1865, Charles Dickens' short story 'The Trial For Murder' is probably one of the author's most well-known of short stories. And it's plain to see why. The tale is a truly superb piece of creeping ghostly fiction, delivering plenty of mystery and suspense alongside a hefty helping of comeuppance within the delightfully well-crafted twist-ending. For this audio presentation, Gareth Armstrong once again powers on with some reasonably pacey reading, although for the most part it is kept at a good solid pace without getting too hard to keep up with. Armstrong's character voices and overall storytelling style work very well with the story - delivering the better of the two presentations by the reader. Indeed, after just a track or two, the listener can't help but become sucked into the tale, as Armstrong powers through this wonderfully clever classic ghost story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best James readings since Horden, 4 Jan 2014
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T. Russell "mug panda" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I still have tapes of the Hordern readings of many of the James stories, which are superb (though abridged) and these are the first readings which approach them by capturing the real flavour of the tales. We have two fine actors, who bring out all the nuances of the text, but each in his own style. Greif has the more difficult job, as The Tractate Middoth is not as approachable as the straightforward Casting the Runes, which is a little masterpiece of growing tension. As for the Dickens - they are no more than makeweight, and it was no surprise that they both sent me to sleep, as they show the author at his worst, with the opening ramble of The Trial for Murder being truly awful, and no reader could bring this dirge to life. Buy this for the James, and forget the ballast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, 31 Dec 2013
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M. R. Jones (Plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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For Ghost Stories this CD is surprisingly relaxing. Read wonderfully by Stephen Grief and Gareth Armstrong in crisp clear quality.

The only negative is the cheesy Gothic music that pops up. Very Hammer Horror.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm ... OK but maybe I'm not very easily chilled, 15 Dec 2013
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Cartimand (Hampshire, UK.) - See all my reviews
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To build the atmosphere, I ventured out to my conservatory with a late night tipple, lit a candle and started playing this CD. The first long story - The Tractate Middoth, I found overly wordy and only vaguely creepy in its denouement. Things picked up a bit with the short Dickensian tale Mr Testator's Visitation, although the visitation's consumption of hefty quantities of gin made me question what sort of spirits we are talking about here. The third tale, and second from M.R. James - Casting The Runes, is probably the pick of the bunch here and, as someone who was truly spooked by the old movie Night of the Demon, I appreciated hearing the original short story. The final tale - another Dickensian work The Trial For Murder, was rather involved and I found my attention wandering more than once. I would concede that it concluded with a mildly unsettling ending, as I'm feeling generous. The reading is effective and clear, with a short snippet of atmospheric music heralding each story, but no sound effects. Overall, just about worth listening to, especially for Casting The Runes but, if you expected to be genuinely chilled, you are likely to be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of M.R. James, not much Dickens, 10 Dec 2013
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Peter (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is a sequel to last year's Chilling Ghost Stories collection. That collection had the well-known classic The Signalman, possibly one of Dickens's best short stories. THis collection has two longish stories by M.R. James and two quite short stories by Dickens, one of which (Mr Testator's Visitation) I don't think of as a ghost story at all.

And in fact, neither of the James stories are truly ghost stories either, although they are, in their own slightly stilted way, very good horror stories. Casting the Runes in particular is a very good listen, but only if you concentrate: I first listened to it in the car, and got a bit lost. The best way to listen to these CDs is by the fireside, with the lights turned low and with the volume turned quite high. You need to pay attention to get the most out of these stories.

The two Dickens stories are much easier to listen to. Dickens has an easy colloquial style that works well in spoken form; Mr Testator's Visitation is a very slight piece indeed, but The Trial for Murder is a little longer, and possibly the most satisfying of the stories. And it is a proper ghost story, and one where the ghost isn't necessarily the evil character.

Listening to ghost stories is a sort of Christmas tradition; these CDs make it easy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spine chillers, 2 Dec 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Here, spread across two cds, are four ghost stories from two classic writers in the field. M.R. James and Charles Dickens.

Disc one contains complete and unabridged recordings of the James Story 'The Tractate Middoth', and the Dickens story 'Mr. Testator's visitation.'

Disc two has more of the same. 'Casting the Runes' by James and 'The Trial for Murder' by Dickens.

The Tractate Middoth tells of a librarian a strange encounter when looking for a rare book, and his quest for answers that follows. It runs for forty five minutes [approx.]

Mr. Testator's visitation tells of a man who takes some seemingly abandoned furniture for himself. And who then gets a visit from it's owner. It runs for just over twelve minutes [approx.]

Casting the Runes is about a self styled alchemist and what he does to those who cross him. It runs for fifty minutes.

The trial for murder concerns a jury foreman in a murder case. And the strange things that he sees. It runs for twenty six minutes.

The only breaks on the cd's are the usual chapter ones. But minimal sleeve notes do give track listings so you can tell where the first story on each disc ends and the second starts.

They also give brief details as to the narrators. Stephen Greif reads the two stories on disc one. Gareth Armstrong reads the ones on disc two.

Both have very good reading voices that really suit the material.

All four stories are very much of their time, and aim to be creepy and unsettling rather than horrific or gory. They are all not quite five star material, but very good nonetheless.

The whole product is perfect for relaxing in an armchair on long winter evenings with the curtains drawn and the heating on. Because they could well send a chill down your spine...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done, 27 Nov 2013
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Big Bad Bill "Big Bad Bill" (Somwhere on the Celtic Fringe) - See all my reviews
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This CD set contains four classic ghost stories. They are well read, at a pace that makes for comfortable listening. They are very atmospheric and I enjoyed sitting in the dark in front of the fire listening to these and using my imagination to picture the scene. I would heartily recommend this disc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Casting the Runes and other stories, 16 Jan 2014
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Atmospheric certainly, read well and written material very well constructed but 'chilling'? not on your nelly! I liked 'Casting the Runes' by the great M R James but otherwise i found the remaining three interesting though largely forgettable other than as curiosities.
Also I would think I am unlikely to devote the time to listen to them again. One observation I would make though is that they worked better for me as background whilst long distance travel by car than at night in bed. The creepiness factor just isn't there, approach more as a standard spoken book and you may get more from it.
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