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Summary

Reader Stephen Critchelow has spent a lifetime collecting and reading works like these and, with carefully chosen music, brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this recording. "The Signalman" provides a great listening experience for dark autumn evenings.
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Dickension writing' as is intended. Superb!

Dickens's ghost story was of quiet nature...but still no less frightening. Read, listen and enjoy.

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A beloved classic with standout narration

Contender for the greatest ghost story of all time, The Signalman is up there with the best of M. R. James, E Nesbitt and J. Sheridan Le Fanu. It is a timeless tale of the haunting of a lonely soul, and a foreboding sense of dread and despair. The prose perfectly captures the sense of dread, and the plot is long enough to be satisfying, but short enough to keep the momentum. There aren't enough good things to say.

I've listened to many performances of this story, and Stephen Critchlow does one of the finest I've heard. His voice perfectly embodies the narrator's unease at the mental breakdown of the poor signalman. Can't recommend enough.

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Great little gem of a story,

Loved this spooky little tale..great for a lazy wet Sunday p.m listen, sad and compelling

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  • J. Asay
  • 25-12-20

Great short story and narrator.

A very good short story read by a wonderful narrator. Stephen Critchlow’s talents makes this a story to be heard rather then read.

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  • Chris Coyne
  • 29-06-20

Ghost story.

If you think Charles Dickens only wrote one ghost story. Christmas Carrol. You would be wrong. The Signal Man is a great ghost story. It has a great surprise ending.

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  • Andrea Fields`
  • 25-08-19

The Doctor was right!

I had goosebumps the whole time! The Doctor was right this really was the greatest short story ever written!

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  • Brad
  • 02-10-11

WOW

I picked up this for under 2 bucks because I'm a huge Charles Dickens reader. I was pleasantly surprised to find something which was a break from his long works without missing any of his wit and skill. I listened to it three straight times. It was well worth it.
Nice narration as well.