M. R. James: 'A Warning to the Curious' and 'Casting the Runes'
- Narrated by: Geoff McGivern
- Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-09-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: The Copyright Group
A man of formidable learning and enormous quickness of mind, he translated the Apocryphal Books of the New Testament into English, having them published in 1924, and was said to time his breakfast egg by the time it took him to complete the Times crossword. Many of his elegant and terrifying tales were suggested to him by scenes he had visited in Europe or England. Seaburgh, for instance, in ‘A Warning to the Curious’, is Aldeburgh in Suffolk. Story-telling was a hobby, and his great reputation is based on only thirty or so stories, written over about the same number of years, from 1894 to 1927. His first collection, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, was published in 1904. He died in 1936.
This volume contains 'A Warning to the Curious' and 'Casting the Runes'.
Geoff McGivern has been heard in many BBC Radio programmes, including Mid-Week, Week Ending and the role of Ford Prefect in the original radio and cassette version of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He has appeared extensively on stage including the West End run of The Dresser. On television he has appeared in Mr Pye, Blackadder III, and Chelmsford 123.
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By Austin on 25-11-11
Excellent story & reading; sound quality poor
Geoff McGivern gives excellent readings of two of M R James' best ghost stories (originally released by Landfall on tape and long out of print). However, even at "Enhanced" format, the audio quality is terrible and the actor's studied tones are clipped and uncomfartably sharpened.