The Rose Garden

  • by M R James
  • Narrated by David Collings
  • 0 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story The Rose Garden. Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.


What the Critics Say

"David Collings Reads Wonderfully Well" (The Observer)


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Customer Reviews

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The mundane becomes terrible

Would you listen to The Rose Garden again? Why?

Yes, it takes a couple of listens to catch all the details

What did you like best about this story?

It only implies it never directly states what is happening

What about David Collings’s performance did you like?

really sets the scene, it's like you are there in the story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

let well alone

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- Ms. E. Morgan


I have this in a drama version which makes the hairs on my back stand up! So was delighted to find this reading.

David Collins is a perfect narrator for the MR James collection. He has just the right amount of tempo and and knows how to project the right M R James style incorporating the warmth and atmosphere which brings to life the haunting images that are so important in all M R James writings.

David Collins brings out the characters in this story, even his interpretation of the stuck up wife is excellent, the way she nags her poor husband in such a manner that he agrees that what ever it be that she needs him to do for her, must indeed take precedent's over what ever project was important to him. Her dominance is her weakness and she is in for a big surprise.

M R James works are some of the best hauntings in English Literature. There are no computer graphics, ridiculous over bearing music, no foul language nor violence, just good plain English words worked beautifully into a poetic intricate web digging deep into the mind where we can easily conjure up the creepy scenes he wants us to see and feel, so much we believe we are part of the image.

I have the full collection of these readings and all are superb.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2014
  • Publisher: Andrews UK Ltd