- Audio CD: 2 pages
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (1 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9626349115
- ISBN-13: 978-9626349113
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,252,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chilling Ghost Stories Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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The best ghost story is narrated; there is the tradition at this time of the year, as the nights draw in as the temperature plummets, for gathering around a fireplace and, accompanied by a little strong glass of "spirits" somebody tells a story to further chill the bones.
Chosen here is one of the most famous of such tales "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens; a story much collected, dramatised and filmed. Also E.F.Benson (he of Mapp & Lucia fame)is represented by two tales. I suspect he exploited this genre as it was a great joy to him to terrify his guests in Rye. Of the two "The Room in the Tower" is the more famous.
Completing this quartet M.R.James, also a master of the form, is represented by "The Haunted Doll's House" which simply aches to be filmed especially after the success of Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black"
This is definitely one for listening to behind drawn curtains. Dim the lights or even better light a candle or two and relive the genuine delight of being scared by the Masters
Each in their own way imparts a very realistic sense of dread, each coming under the category of the 'unexplained'. If one were listening to them at night in front of an open log fire with a glass of something to hand, I suspect that the effect of these stories would be a little more scary than listening to them in the car. But they passed the time well, making the journey finish in no time.
Of the four, I enjoyed The Signalman the most but it was a close run thing with the Haunted Dolls House leaving rather more to the imagination than the others. All-in-all, well worth picking up a copy just in time for the long, dark, winter nights.
All in all I was delighted with these discs as I knew I would be and would definitely recommend them to anyone that can appreciate suspense and horror - not of the kind usually shown in modern films with lots of blood and gore, but REAL horror and suspense - the kind that makes you look over your shoulder and makes the hairs on the back of the neck creep. One line from the Bus Conductor describes the sensation of being intensely afraid of the dark but afraid of lighting the candle in case of what the light will let you see... THAT type of horror and suspense is what I love.
If you are a fan of the old masters of horror, then you will not be disappointed. There are other discs in this series and they are definitely worth a try as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this on a whim and so glad I did! Fantastic little collection of classic ghost stories, my favourite being E F Benson's The Room in the Tower- terrified me! Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by BkelAries
Mr Sachs is a fine actor with an excellent speaking voice, which led me to purchase this selection of short stories to complement others of a similar nature by other readers. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2014 by M. Hevingham
Listened to this one on a long car journey and found it very entertaining. These are classic ghost stories in the old style, and would be just as suitable for listening to on a... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by C. O'Brien
Read by Andrew Sachs and no matter what Jonathan Woss and Russel Brand did to his granddaughter, he can certainly tell a story. Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by JackMartin
Narrated by Andrew Sachs, these stories are enjoyable and create a nice sense of the dramatic. However, judged by todays standards I would not call them at all scary but they do... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2013 by A. Gothorp
These are well delivered versions of classic ghost stories. These are ghost stories of the Victorian era, so melodramatic and and occasionally in arcane language to today's ears,... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by M. A. Coyle
You probably already know at least one of these classic stories. All four, each roughly 30 minutes long, are pretty good. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2013 by Peter