Grisly Tales: Volume 1

  • by Alan Robson
  • Narrated by Alan Robson
  • 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Attic poltergeists, dark shadows, and attacks. Places to see the dead. True stories.


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Some of the most frightening tales I've ever heard

What did you like most about Grisly Tales: Volume 1?

The stories which are unique and not often heard. These consist of stories personally collected by Alan Robson on his Night Owls Show and cover both contemporary and historical tales. These are rarely if ever heard or featured elsewhere and make it a must listen. Robson's delivery is also excellent and he is a brilliant storyteller.

What other book might you compare Grisly Tales: Volume 1 to, and why?

I don't think there are any other books to compare to other than the physical books created by Robson himself (all out of print now I think). As stated the material is quite unique and well delivered except for the one caveat listed below.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hard to pick one but some of the accounts of modern poltergeist attack are particularly chilling. Won't spoil it by saying more.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I definitely enjoyed the chills and scares it gave me.

Any additional comments?

One thing I didn't enjoy are the cheesy sound effects played at double or triple volume during the crescendos of the stories. These are actually quite annoying. It would be bad enough if they were at the same volume as everything else but they are so loud that I would be scared for my hearing if I was using headphones. The thing is, the material here is so good that it is completely unnecessary. Also in some places Robson plays back actual audio recordings of events but these are ruined by the over the top sound effects. Having been a long time listener to the Night Owls Radio show I know that these are normally played back clearly (without the over the top sound effects) so can only guess that some 12 year old (mentally) sound engineer went to town on his mixer thinking he was doing a great job but has. I have no problem with using some subtle sounds and music to enhance ghost stories, indeed Alan Robson normally does this on his shows and specials and it is done properly without detracting from the actual material. Anyway that is the only negative with these audiobook versions of Grisly Tales/Trails and isn't as much of a problem if you are listening on speakers (except late at night when the sudden increase in volume for loud screaming effects etc will likely wake up anyone within 100 yards even when listening at a perceived low volume).

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-01-2014
  • Publisher: Alan Robson