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A second collection of tales from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James, whose stories have for many years inspired the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas TV adaptations. This volume includes 'A Warning to the Curious', 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', and 'A Neighbour's Landmark'.
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  • Enrico
  • 31/08/2020

a good job

very pleasant collection of tale by M R James, perfectly interpreted by Jacobi. hope to hear more of these stories in future anthologies.

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  • Robert
  • 27/10/2012

Great Narration of Ghost Classics!

Derek Jacobi is an incredible narrator! He really brings these stories to life with a number of accents, voices and emotion. I must admit that Volume One of Ghost Stories is my favourite so far, Volume Two does not dissapoint. If you are a fan of M.R. James or classic ghost stories like I am, pick this one up!

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  • Kit
  • 07/11/2011

Jacobi brings these wonderful old tales to life!

The only reason I don't give the Story rating a five is because while these stories may have been super frightening to the Victorian or Edwardian listening, the level of fright they impart now is somewhat lessened. The tone and language of the writing is superb, nonetheless, and the ideas held within the stories fascinating and supernatural. The Jamesian Ghost story isn't for everyone, but the formula is a good one!

Of all the many recorded books available of James' works, Derek Jacobi does the best. His skill at dialects brings each of the characters to life without the disconnect and interruption of focus caused by multiple readers in one piece. One immediately feels the life of each person, and the familiarity of an acquaintanceship. In addition, it recalls the original purpose of many of James' works: the Christmas reading at a party. Jacobi's delivery, other than the dialects themselves, is full of the emotion proper to the scenes, easy to follow and bringing to mind the theater. The stage is set keenly, and if a listener doesn't have an advanced vocabulary, the tone and delivery offers context clue as to what is going on.

Indeed, I've listened many times to my copy. I've found my favorites to be 'A Warning to the Curious' and The Mezzotint'. The price is worth the 2 hrs and 46 mins, given the easy of listening again and again. Don't miss out on the Volume 1 of this set, if you get this one (I bought the CDs of Vol. 1, rather than the audible file.)

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  • jessikraut
  • 10/10/2019

Delightful narration of classic creepy tales - 2

Since there is no "track listing" of the stories in this title's description, allow me to provide them to you here, so you don't do as I did and end up purchasing recordings of individual stories by M.R. James which overlap with these: Ghost Stories Volume TWO: 1. A Warning to the Curious 2. The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral 3. After Dark in the Playing Fields Ghost Stories Volume ONE - (sold separately): 1. A View from a Hill 2. Rats 3. A School Story 4. The Ash Tree 5. The Story of a Disappearance, and an Appearance Enjoy!

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  • C. Sahu
  • 24/12/2013

Quite Good

The three M.R. James ghost stories read in this audiobook are "A Warning to the Curious," "The Mezzotint," and "The Stalls at Barchester Cathedral." Both this and M.R.James' "Ghost Stories, Volume 1" are enjoyable if you love old English-style ghost stories (lots of atmosphere, long wind-up to a sudden, somewhat mysterious apparition), but James' best work are in his "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" collection. These are the B team. Derek Jacobi is the perfect reader.

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  • Donna Deal
  • 25/07/2019

Nothing like escaping reality into a ghost story!

Ghost stories at Christmas are a British tradition, and James' stories are the prime example. These stories revolve around the educated, privileged man... 'stories within stories.' you overhear someone telling the curious tale; of course there are atmospherics that set the mood, and the narrator's voice is vital --Derek Jacobi has a sensitive, supple voice that immediately and intimately wraps up the reader in the telling.. I recommend this unique recording of these stories... they are not for Christmas only. I find ghost stories especially appealing during the long, hot dog days of summer.. when a shudder and a chill are most welcome.

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  • Robert
  • 10/05/2019

spooky as always

makes you think about what's behind you as you depart a dark room. and look behind you as you shut off the lights.

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  • Linda L.
  • 24/10/2020

Not as good as the others

Didn't like this set of stories as much. Nothing scary at all about them. Not as good as the other stories.

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  • Grace K
  • 13/09/2020

another excellent

I love the 1st volume and this is just as good. the last story was both ridiculous and fun

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  • Elisabeth
  • 12/09/2020

Definitely recommended.

This is an entertaining collection of James' stories, though not all are ghost stories. The narration by Derek Jacobi is as good as would be expected. Definitely recommended. A Warning to the Curious is a fun, uncanny story about an ancient crown, The Mezzotint is a terrific uncanny story. An atmospheric weird tale that must have been quite spectacularly creepy when it first came out. James' writing sucks the reader right into the Cambridge rooms of a Mr. Williams who is looking to enhance the university's art collection of topological pictures. It's not uncommon for James' characters to like to play golf. But what was surprisingly refreshing in this story was the humor at golfing's expense. I don't think I've ever laughed at something in one of his stories before. A really nicely told eerie story that holds one's interest. The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral unfolds slowly and minutely. It involves some rather unpleasant wood carvings. I thought this was the weakest of the stories,especially the slow set-up. A Neighbour's Landmark involves a chance discovery in a private library, a woods that is no longer there, a mysterious horrible noise. What is or was Bretton Wood? An interesting tale of someone who is paying for their misdeeds. James tells an engrossing story. After Dark in the Playing Fields is a very short story and not a ghost story. Don't piss off the fairies.

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  • Admiralu
  • 11/12/2019

More Haunted Tales, Superbly Narrated

This was another great collection of stories by M. R. James read by the fabulous Sir Derek Jacobi. I loved the selection of the first a bit more. Was disappointed that Casting the Runes wasn’t in this one. Still very entertaining and a superb narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/11/2011

Better than Volume 1

What can I say - if you like M.R. James then these are superb adaptations. Derek Jacobi is the perfect voice to inhabit the world and his measured delivery is engaging and well suited to the 'academic' style M.R. James so often writes in.

I actually prefer this volume to the first, mainly because of the fantastically creepy 'A Warning To The Curious' which more than justifies giving this a listen on it's own. If I have any criticisms then they are those that can be levelled at all M.R. James material - repeated stories, styles and characters. That said, as an adaptation I cannot fault it.

One of those audiobooks I can certainly imagine myself returning to time and time again.

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  • Ms. E. Morgan
  • 05/10/2020

Great tales, superb narration by Derek Jacobi

An excellent reading of these classic tales: 1a) A Warning to the Curious 1b) The Mezzotint 2a) The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral 2b) A Neighbour's Landmark 3a) After dark in the Playing Fields

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 28/01/2020

Great stories

I love these ghost stories. I really enjoyed them when the BBC used to have readings on television at Christmas time. Derek Jacob with that wonderful voice is fantastic.

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  • Leonie Frieda
  • 18/01/2015

Ghost Stories Beautifully Crafted to haunt you

Jacobi's superb supple voice & minute inflections are in perfect pitch for these old fashioned, disturbingly ambiguous ghost stories. Once encountered I felt the spectral entities remained nearby long after I had ceased reading about their lives, their deaths; they had been imprisoned created too often by Faustian pacts. How can they be set free from their horrible captivity, behind the bars of their often self inflicted and last remaining Too often the-eerily suggested entities feel too close to many of us.

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  • Ruth Jenkins
  • 25/09/2020

wonderfully spooky

Fantastic narration as expected. lovely stories which made me smile. I thoroughly enjoyed this production