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The Ash Tree Audiobook

The Ash Tree

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Publisher's Summary

The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer, who is assumed by some Monty scholars to be based on the self-styled 'Great Beast,' occultist Aleister Crowley.

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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    Kaggy 12/12/2014
    Kaggy 12/12/2014 Member Since 2013

    Will read anything within reason.

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    "Here Hare Here"

    Poor Mrs Mothersole.

    Yet another unfortunate victim of a witch hunt........

    But then again, perhaps not so innocent?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Traditional ghost yarn"
    If you could sum up The Ash Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Traditional, 19th century, classical


    What other book might you compare The Ash Tree to, and why?

    Really dont know much of this genre but typical a 19th century short story ghost writing. Perhaps E A Poe.


    What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

    Suchet reads with consumate ease and clarity well suited to the book


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

    This is a "short" story, well under the hour. The length and genre means it needs to be a single listen


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Ann Rice London 04/06/2016
    Carole Ann Rice London 04/06/2016
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    "Good old fashioned thrills"

    Great traditional style spooky story to be relished
    David Suchet performs it beautifully and I look forward to hearing the other MR James stories -

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    BrianJ 02/06/2016
    BrianJ 02/06/2016
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    "ghosts and more"

    An excellent short story which was superbly read by Mr Suchet. Very enjoyable indeed. Quality

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    Magdalena 14/12/2015
    Magdalena 14/12/2015 Member Since 2015

    Magdalena Maria

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    "Little gem"

    Good short story. Quite surprising ending, not at all predictable. I listened to it with my 12-year old son and he found the story fascinating.

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    Maxine 07/06/2014
    Maxine 07/06/2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A perfect ghost story"
    If you could sum up The Ash Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Atmospheric, beautifully read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As a short ghost story, I'm not sure it's the sort of book for a favourite character.


    Which character – as performed by David Suchet – was your favourite?

    As above, although I liked the reporter's very colourful, and possibly unreliable, account.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the mystery is revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    David Suchet's beautiful reading adds to the atmosphere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Test"

    T v bhai h b v b n v h g c b n v g h hmmm

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