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A Warning to the Curious Audiobook

A Warning to the Curious

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Publisher's Summary

The story of Paxton, an antiquarian and archaeologist who holidays in "Seaburgh" and inadvertently stumbles across one of the lost crowns of Anglia, which legendarily protect the country from invasion.

Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by dispensing with many of the formal Gothic trappings of his predecessors, and replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.

"Montague Rhodes James has an intelligent and scientific knowledge of human nerves and feelings; and knows just how to apportion statement, imagery, and subtle suggestions in order to secure the best results with his readers." HP Lovecraft.

Actor David Suchet is best known for his definitive portrayal of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective created by the legendary mystery author Agatha Christie, in a number of international television productions. He narrates his story in Poirot and Me.

©1904 M. R. James (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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    Paul D 16/01/2014
    Paul D 16/01/2014

    Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.

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    "Typical short ghost story"
    What did you like most about A Warning to the Curious?

    Good length, good reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Warning to the Curious?

    None. This is a short traditional ghost story - a whole unit. No surprises here and perhaps predictable, it is the style and the reading that make it enjoyable.


    What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

    Unobtrusive clear reading.


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

    Nope, no laughing, no crying, no trembling with fear,


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing new, surprising or shocking in this very tradittionally told tail. Nevertheless it is well written and beautifully read making it a good listen when you have a little time to kill

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 25/03/2016
    Benjamin 25/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrated beautifully"

    Good story delivered by a magnificent actor. What a fantastic price to pay as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Highlight 29/01/2015
    Highlight 29/01/2015 Member Since 2016

    I L❤️ve My Audio Books

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    "Excellent & Fantastic David Suchet ❤️"

    David Suchet does it again. That perfect deep voice can keep me happy for hours & hours & hours. You will enjoy this one as David transforms this excellent M.R.James story as it was meant to be put over. A good & clear interpretation taking you into the depths of Spooky spooks. I love it & you may love it - hope you do. This is Literature at its best.❤️Fantastic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaggy 17/05/2014
    Kaggy 17/05/2014 Member Since 2013

    Will read anything within reason.

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    "A chilling tale from The Master"

    As a child the highlight of my Christmas television viewing was the M R James ghost story. It is hard to imagine anything more perfect than his tales of musty old academics having chilling encounters with 'the other side'. M R James used to tell his stories at Christmas gatherings in Cambridge university. If you close your eyes and listen to David Suchet relate this chilling tale you can almost imagine being part of the Cambridge set.

    This is the one with the three crowns and the track of a foot.....one that showed more bones than flesh. Brrrr....

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 17/01/2014 Member Since 2014

    A person of many interests starting from history, religion and education, to IT, cooking and books in all their old and recently born forms.

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    "Fabulous"
    What did you like most about A Warning to the Curious?

    As I love David Suchet, I just admired his perfect diction and his dramatic presentation of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I just felt sorry for the poor curious man.


    Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    It is close to impossible to say that David Suchet would ever cease to be perfect in any of his performances. This was as good as all of them.


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

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I have other James' books by David Suchet on my list and cannot wait to listen to them.

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    Dave Oston 07/09/2016
    Dave Oston 07/09/2016
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    "Very entertaining. Well read by David Suchet."

    Story set in East Anglia where I live which peaked my interest. Good short. David Suchet has a mesmerising voice.

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    harrier626 Alford, United Kingdom 21/08/2016
    harrier626 Alford, United Kingdom 21/08/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Chilling."

    A wonderful classic beautifully read by David Suchet. Never fails to raise the hairs on the back of my neck.

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    georgie good 08/05/2016
    georgie good 08/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "a warning to the curious"

    Great short story. To short .look forward to hearing more stories.
    Mr james is a great writer.

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    Suzy 13/04/2016
    Suzy 13/04/2016
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    "Simple tale"

    This is a run of the mill ghost story. Nicely read although please don't use an East Anglian accent if you can't get it right.

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