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(P)2006 Horse's Mouth
I would not listen again because of the faults in the recording, which is a shame because the stories and narrators are good.
Some missing information from the item description:
1) 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens - Read by Ian Holm
2) 'The Dream Woman' by Wilkie Collins - Read by Ian Holm
3) 'Perez by W. L.' George - Read by Julie Peasgood
4) 'The Waxworks' by A. M. Burrage - Read by Julie Peasgood
5) 'The Horla - by Guy De Maupassant - Read by Ian Holm
'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens: A Railway worker experiences premonitions of disaster
'The Dream Woman' by Wilkie Collins: An unwise marriage has life-changing consequences
'Perez by W. L.' George: An author's main character materialises to criticise the plot
'The Waxworks' by A. M. Burrage: A reporter spends the night in a creepy waxworks
'The Horla - by Guy De Maupassant: A french business man is haunted by a supernatural parasite.
Both readers are competent and animated and add real emotion to the stories.
Ian Holm is understated and ponderous and so adds gravity.
Julie Peasgood is dramatic and bright if a bit over the top.
Irritated due to faults especially because the stories and narrators are good.
Contains 5 stories but irritatingly for some reason the first 2 stories are on one continuous track.
As mentioned in other reviews the critical moment in 'The Waxworks' is spoiled by a fault in the recording. There are also other small faults in the recording when it skips/jumps causing parts of the story to be missed.
"The Signalman. . . again"
As you can tell by my title, I am rather tired of Dickens' the Signalman, there are many other less overused classic ghost stories and one of them could have been used in place of Dickens, after all, there are only 5 stories.
"A Little disappointed"
There are several places where the recording skips, like a scratched record, one such skip ruins the ending of one of the tales.
"Climax of The Waxworks is spoiled"
The recording is defective. It is garbled just at the climactic moment of the short story "The Waxworks". A great pity, since the story is very creepy. I would have purchased one of the other spook story collections had I realized this one was ruined.
Other than that, it is a pip. I greatly enjoy having a story read by Ian Holm.
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