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Creepy and atmospheric

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-20

I've read a number of Michelle Paver's books and this is still my favourite. The psychological tension around Jack as he begins his journey and gets on (& doesn't) with his companions comes through in little ways, the odd sentence here and there. As the story progresses and the days of endless night take hold that tension explodes into something darker and more sinister as the supernatural becomes more of a threat to survival than the landscape he's stranded in.
Jeremy Northam narrates it well and it's pretty easy to differentiate between the characters and with the first person approach it does come across as a diary you'd found. He makes you feel the immediacy of the situation when things start to go wrong and Jack is in danger.
An excellent experience and definitely a book that I will be listening to again.

Lovely short story, occasionally iffy pronunciation

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-19

I do like M.R. James' fiction, and I find it suitably creepy at any time of day. Number 13 is something I've seen (BBC production) but not read until today and it came across well. My only complaint is with the narrator's pronunciation of some of the Danish words - stue-pige i.e. room girl i.e. maid is not pronounced stua-peej. Pige is pronounced peeyuh and it threw me when the word was said 3 or 4 times in quick succession as it did snap me out of the story.
Other than that, very minor, quibble I thoroughly enjoyed it.

David Suchet narrates wonderfully

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-19

I love M.R. James's stories, they are creepy rather than scary but it's an enduring creep that has you staring down dark corridors with some apprehension.
David Suchet is a lovely narrator (although it's a shame he hasn't done all of the stories) and I enjoy re-listening to him when I'm doing a task and want something other than music on.
If you're looking for modern day horror or frights you'll probably be disappointed, but if you're looking for subtle, psycho-emotional tales then this, and others, may be right up your street. (Or up your dusk-lit, abandoned beach / semi-deserted library/ English school and so on)
:-D

Lovely & creepy!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-19

I do enjoy M.R. James's stories; they're wonderfully creepy and just right to listen to when you only have a small spot of time free. This story is particularly effective because I have walked along a long beach at twilight when it's difficult to make out what's in the distance behind you, so it's very easy to feel disquiet.
The narration is excellent from David Suchet - I only wish he'd done more of James's work than the small selection I've come across.
The language is of its time, appropriate to the age in which it was written, and aiming to unnerve rather than give a fright.
I will listen to this at Christmas as no Christmas Eve is complete without a good ghost story, and I will try some of the others that have been narrated by others.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-18

As is usual, I read this as an e-book first and I really enjoyed it so when I saw that it was available as an audio book I decided to give it a go and have not been disappointed. I've read the second book in the series and I've got books 3 & 4 so I hope that they'll all eventually come out in audio so I can have the full set. The story was very good and I haven't guessed who the antagonist is yet so we'll have to wait and see if I manage it before the author reveals all.
The narration was interesting; when Wyatt Baker was narrating dialogue it came out well, sounding natural and with pretty good distinction between the characters, when he narrated non-dialogue text it sometimes came out a bit like a film trailer voiceover, and that's not to say that was a bad thing, and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story, it was just an interesting difference.
I'm still giving it 5 stars overall.

Really good murder mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had read it before listening to it, and had enjoyed it then, but Hugh Bradley really got the characters across well; there was good differentiation between them and you didn't get confused as to who was speaking at any point. The mystery itself was well laid out and the ending presents interesting possibilities for the future on a number of fronts. Emery and Jeff's relationship comes across well and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and I hope it will also become available in audio.
I'm definitely going to be listening to this again. Highly recommend.

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Loved this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I am a Josh Lanyon fan, but I don't like all books equally however this is one of my favourites of Josh's. I've read it twice - first switching between reading and listening, the second time just listening to the audio version and I found it an engaging - and often humorous - experience. Carter is a great character, well aware of his flaws in the role of amateur sleuth and the other people on the trip with him were interesting in varied ways (some were awful!)
I really got drawn into the story, the narration was great and I just enjoyed the whole thing!

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A beautiful story with wonderful characters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-18

I think this will have to sit alongside Harper's 'Priddy's Tale' as one of my favourites in print, pixel and audio. The characters of Rufus and Archie are brilliant and so full of life and warmth - something that the narrator, Chris Clog, brings vividly to life. I loved the characters when I read the book but, having now listened to their story, I can say I adore Archie & Rufus. The supporting characters were well fleshed out and the dual strands of the story: Rufus' amnesia and Archie's church, intertwined in a logical fashion, answering various questions posed throughout the book. The ending was satisfying and I didn't really want to leave the characters.
All in all this was a wonderful, engaging story with characters you loved, some you disliked, and some you'd quite happily like to see get some of their own treatment. Heartily recommend Seven Summer Nights and I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

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A good series with great characters

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-18

I'm really enjoying the audio of this series, the characters are growing with each book as we learn more about them as they go about their lives and solve mysteries with a paranormal bent. This time, Lee is in trouble from a session gone wrong when he tries to help a woman remove a troubling presence in her house and it takes the help of Gideon's brother Ezekiel to start sorting things out. Something also seems to be haunting Lee which is not resolved so that's still to be dealt with.
The narration is very good although it has taken me a bit to get used to Gideon's voice as it's a lot more gravelly than I expected/ had in my head from reading the pixel version of the book. I'm enjoying it enough to want to get the rest in the series so I'm looking forward to making my way through the set.

Excellent narration of a ghostly tale

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-17

M.R. James' ghost stories are wonderfully atmospheric and creepy and David Suchet's narration brings them wonderfully (horribly!) to life. The characters are well defined with different voices / tones and when put together with D.S.'s lovely voice made the whole listening experience great. I will be listening to this again but I will also be hunting out more books/ stories narrated by David Suchet as his voice is lovely and his narration very skilful and engaging; even without seeing his expression, the feelings of the characters came through brilliantly. Loved it.