Casting the Runes

  • by M. R. James
  • Narrated by David Suchet
  • 0 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Kaggy

Classic spook tale

If you could sum up Casting the Runes in three words, what would they be?

Classic ghost story


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ok, no great suprises or "ah" moments. A natural ending to a very typical 19th C (18th?) ghost story.


What does David Suchet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A very good reading in appropriate classic style


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No


Any additional comments?

Interesting and different listen. Made a pleasant change to listen to a short. Nice appetizer but dont think i could manage a whole meal.

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- Paul D

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios