"A brilliant linguist, palaeographer, medievalist and biblical scholar...[James] wrote several volumes of distinguished ghost stories." ( The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
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By Adeliese on 23-05-09
Narrations worthy of James's efforts
Gareth David-Lloyd's narrations --- especially of "Casting the Runes" --- are the best I have heard, and I have heard a lot of James readings. Ian Fairbairn is well-suited to the tales he reads, too. A slight disappointment came at the end of the selection; Bayldon's reading is not his best. He was a good character actor; perhaps he was unwell at the time of recording? The sound quality is otherwise excellent. I have since gotten Vols. 2 & 3, and recommend them as well. A must for M.R. James aficionados.
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By Larry on 29-01-11
I was unfamiliar with Mr. James prior to this audiobook. I found the stories extremely creepy and atmospheric. Its rare to find terror created in subtle ways. i thought the readers did an excellent job of adding to the suspense, although in some cases my American ears had to struggle to the heavy English accents.
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