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Sir Derek Jacobi reads a 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. M. R. James was described as "a man who, in company with Sheridan le Fanu, is the best ghost-story writer England has ever produced".
Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Robert
  • 26/10/2012

Incredible Narration for M.R. James Classics!

I have found my new favourite narrator, Derek Jacobi! He's incredible at narrating these classic ghost stories by M.R. James - the way he acts out the conversations between characters is amazing! Here is a listing of the stories read:

A View From a Hill
Rats
A School Story
The Ash Tree
The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance

If you're a fan of M.R. James or classic ghost stories, do not pass this one up! Get it now!

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  • Robby
  • 31/07/2013

An (Almost) Excellent Introduction.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book, and volume two, are very good for the newcomer to M.R. James's work. The only downside to this anthology is perhaps the fact some of his best stories are not included. I would have loved to have heard Jacobi's take on "Casting The Runes".

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  • Katherine A
  • 24/03/2015

Simply superb. Fit for a stage.

Derek Jacobi brings the dialects and idioms of M.R. James' writing to life beautifully. The turns of phrase are notably archaic, and might otherwise be lost on modern readers how some characters are ironically pendantic or very 'working class.' I hope he will be hired on to read more turn of the century works.

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  • zein
  • 08/03/2015

Cute, good, fun, definitely recommend!

What did you love best about Ghost Stories, Volume One?

The narrator! Some of the stories weren't necessarily that scary but the narrator made everything feel spooky! It was great! definitely

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the story of the "special binoculars" very spooky and with such cute characters!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Strange and wonderful paths of darker worlds that you can't help relish meandering through.

Any additional comments?

I thought this was a short, fun little collection of short stories. I will be purchasing more volumes for more fun spooky nights.

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  • chandaelaine
  • 28/06/2015

Perfection

What made the experience of listening to Ghost Stories, Volume One the most enjoyable?

M.R. James and Derek Jacobi. That's it. Perfection.Five out of five straight across the board.

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  • Donna Deal
  • 30/06/2019

Wonderful version of M.R.James best..

I've been a huge fan of M. R. James since I was a teen, and Derek Jacobi is a treat with these stories...
perfectly written to elicit shivers and questions... but the narration is peerless.
Listen to these on a hot, sunny day and you won't feel the heat.
Be careful if you prefer to listen while alone at night...

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  • Robert
  • 09/05/2019

Spooky

one word... spooky. I loved the accented dialing and voices. great stories even after all this time. loved it and them.

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  • Robert M.
  • 26/08/2018

Jacobi is good, but....

I didn't really find these stories by M.R. James to be all that scary or memorable, compared with say H.P. Lovecraft. Not sure how I'd feel about other stories by him, but Jacobi makes a good narrator

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  • S. Tolleson-Rinehart
  • 07/08/2018

delicious ghost stories

classics -- beautifully stimulating our own imagination -- generous creations originally written for friends and stiudents. Derek Jacobi reads I exactly the right spirit, as you would expect of this master. A pleasure all round!

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  • Stephen W Osborne
  • 11/02/2017

Shivery stories, excellent narration

Wonderfully shivery ghost tales, perfectly read by Sir Derek Jacobi. Good for a stormy night in October!

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  • Alice
  • 03/11/2017

Stories Included

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.

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  • Thomasina
  • 18/12/2009

MrsMac

I downloaded this last night, as the television was terrible (when isn't it?) and rather than watch something just for the sake of it, I thought I'd give it a go, who doesn't love a ghost story at Christmas. I've absolutely loved M R James since I was a teenager; Derek Jacobi's narration is superb(I could listen to him reading a telephone directory). The beauty of James is that it leaves so much to the imagination, nothing is ever explicit -something which Hollywood could take note of. Don't expect to be scared out of your wits, James is more subtle in his approach, unnerving and unsettling. So turn the television off this Christmas, turn the lights down and listen. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Stephen
  • 09/01/2011

Unsettling

I lay in bed over Christmas listening to these before I went to sleep. I had no idea how strange and disturbing these stories are, particularly the first few. In fact I find it difficult to describe them as ghost stories. Superbly read by Derek Jacobi,these are simply unlike anything I have ever heard or read.

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  • Serrai Arriannai
  • 20/06/2015

Mr M R James- superb in his creepy tales of the supernatural ...

If you are looking for the best tales of terror, without the overdone and predictable modern computer enhanced, unlikely and obviously unreal, and therefore un-scary rubbish, that it is just another failing copy of past masters of the traditional ghost stories, then you cannot fail with this audible purchase. The Narrator is perfect for this collection of M R James's tales. With this in mind, a great choice of bedtime ghost stories!...

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  • Matt
  • 14/04/2015

Some average stories but brilliant reading

I felt it was not the best collection of MR James stories, athough A View From A Hill is a favourite of mine. Derek Jacobi gives a masterclass in acting that makes up for any weaker entries in this collection. Overall I was very pleased with this and it stays on my phone for long car journeys.

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  • Serendipity
  • 01/02/2019

a superb supernatural ensemble.

I adore Montgomery Rhodes James's Ghost stories. there's always just the right amount of creepiness & chill in the words & performed by Derek Jacobi just adds to the eerie & terrifying delight.

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  • laura bingham
  • 19/02/2017

Amazing

Love this book, love this book, love this book, love this book, love this book, love this book, love this book, love this book. It's brilliant.

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  • paul rooney
  • 19/12/2018

Disappointingly ordinary

I had, of course, heard of M.R.James as a master of gothic horror and was surprised to find these tales very pedestrian and predictable. To be fair, perhaps the ideas were fresh and new when he wrote them. However, that consideration won't make the stories any less ordinary for the 21st century consumer.
Derek Jacobi's typically excellent narration lifts the listening experience a little.

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  • Mrs Caroline Graham
  • 01/04/2018

TWISTS AND TURNS

So well written, and narrated, that I was IN the stories!! Narrator breathed life into each character!! Good olde world's ghost stories, atmospheric!!

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  • Annie haynes
  • 08/04/2018

Wonderful

Brilliant stories ...it's M R James!!! ..the greatest horror writer read by the finest actor of our time. What's not to love....scary !😂😰😰

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