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E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories Audiobook

E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories: read by Mark Gatiss

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Publisher's Summary

Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson.

There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that?

Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill. There's no need for a ticking clock, a limping footstep, or a knock at the door to start you trembling. There's nothing to be scared of. Nothing at all.

©2016 E. F. Benson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    "Excellent stuff!"

    Very atmospheric stories, creepy, and read superbly by Mr Gatiss, who clearly relishes them. Despite listening to many audiobooks this is my first review, I am moved to do so simply because someone has given this a rating of one star, which is ridiculous. More please!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Di Harris 14/11/2016
    Di Harris 14/11/2016
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    "E.F Benson's Ghost Stories read by Mark Gatiss"

    I have always thought that Benson's Ghost stories should be held in the same esteem as M R James. Those on this audio book are enhanced by the reader. Who better than Mark Gatiss! His voice alone,when in full creepy mode sends a shiver down the spine! Just wish there were more stories on th CD.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. R. Brompton UK 08/01/2017
    Dr. R. Brompton UK 08/01/2017 Member Since 2011

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    "Nicely gothic."

    I adored listening to this audible, Mark Gattis narrates wonderfully and the stories are just scary enough without being too gruesome or graphic. It depicts a different world (early 20th century) where there were still servants and people went to stay at country houses, where retired majors lived in quiet villages and played Bridge. Great to listen to as the day closes as the shadows get longer...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hamblin Edinburgh 05/02/2017
    A. Hamblin Edinburgh 05/02/2017 Member Since 2013

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    "Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories?

    As a fan of M R James I was overjoyed to discover this author. He was a contemporary of James' and his stories are a joy to listen to, perfectly narrated by Mark Gatiss.

    I am so glad I discovered Bensons work. Better late than never!


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    DarkSkies 29/01/2017
    DarkSkies 29/01/2017
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    "Better than M.R. James"
    What did you like most about E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories?

    Obviously with ghost stories of this type and from this period in time comparison to James is inevitable. Whilst James' stories are undoubtedly excellent they always struck me as strangely soul less, almost clinical in their execution. Benson' stories however overflow with personality, wit and charm whilst being genuinely eerie. Beautifully worded and superbly performed the only fault with this is that it is way, way too short.


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    Amazon Customer 13/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic ghost stories"

    These may be old stories but they are wonderfully read by Mark Gatiss. He really 'gets' the genre. I really hope there are more of these. Along with Benson there are some singularly under-rated writers in this genre. Long may it continue.
    Heartily recommended.

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    Catfish Knight 08/02/2017
    Catfish Knight 08/02/2017

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    "Not a collection of stories set in modern times."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    With mention of a bus, a train, and a telephone; I thought this audio book was a collection of modern stories. But these are set when the bus, train and telephone had just been invented.
    And for me it is also not easy listening, as the wordage is old fashioned.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Meep
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    02/12/16
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    "Gatiss and Benson, a superb combination"

    I have been a fan of E.F. Benson's ghost stories for many years, and I am also a huge fan of Mark Gatiss, so to run across the combination was a true Christmas treat for me! Benson wrote some wonderful classic ghost stories and this is an excellent selection of some of his best, though of course I wish there were more here. He wrote a huge selection, and it would be lovely to have another volume read by this reader.
    Gatiss is a superb reader. I wish we could have a collection of him reading M. R. James (the best ghost story writer to ever live, in my opinion) as I know Gatiss is a fan of James also and I feel sure he would read them splendidly. I also wish that Audible would provide us with Mr. Gatiss reading his own books. I know he has provided audio recordings of at least one of his works, how about getting them for us, Audible? Please?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scigirl
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    08/10/16
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    "Excellent Ghost Stories!"
    Have you listened to any of Mark Gatiss’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mark Gatiss is an excellent narrator and does an tremendous job with these tales.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listened to the entire series of stories on one sitting while working on a knitting project. Kept me thoroughly entertained and engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    Good creepy fun, especially for those who enjoy old-fashioned ghost stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Babs
    13/10/16
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    "Captures the age"

    It's a nice change from Gothic castles and Victorian weirs but certainly just as creepy.
    The airy atmosphere created by the stories & performance makes the eerie parts cut just that bit deeper.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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