• Casting the Runes

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-12-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (186 ratings)


The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer, who is assumed by some Monty scholars to be based on the self-styled 'Great Beast,' occultist Aleister Crowley.
Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by dispensing with many of the formal Gothic trappings of his predecessors, and replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.
"Montague Rhodes James has an intelligent and scientific knowledge of human nerves and feelings; and knows just how to apportion statement, imagery, and subtle suggestions in order to secure the best results with his readers," HP Lovecraft.
Actor David Suchet is best known for his definitive portrayal of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective created by the legendary mystery author Agatha Christie, in a number of international television productions. He narrates his story in Poirot and Me.
©1904 M. R. James (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 07-12-14

An encounter with evil

Yet another brilliant tale from M R James and told with perfection by David Suchet. This is about an encounter with an evil man hell bent on revenge. It is also fascinating to hear that the character is based on one of M R James's contemporaries. This must have ruffled a few feathers in its day!

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5 out of 5 stars
By pm on 15-04-18

A tale of occult curses

A ghostly tale about runic curses. The superb writing and narration makes it atmospheric. A perfect tale to listen by the fireside or a campfire.

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4 out of 5 stars
By happyjo on 11-02-18

Stylishly written short story

Occult elements and mysterious actions make this story interesting while being creative. I enjoyed this look back into the past.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kenneth Seyfried on 21-09-17

An interesting story worth reading

An interesting story. Cat and mouse game mixed with a bit of a mystery . Well written and very entertaining.

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