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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!

    10 of 10 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard 28/02/2017
    Gerard 28/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "methadone for the MR James addict"

    lovingly read by the brilliant Mark Gatiss, this collection is the closest in quality to the unbeatable MR James of nearly all the available ghost stories in my opinion. a second or extended volume would be very welcome.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Hamblin Edinburgh 05/02/2017
    Stephen 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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Melanie 22/04/2017
    Melanie 22/04/2017 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderfully English ghost stories"

    A whimsical, at times, collection of very English ghost stories. Superbly read by Mark Gatiss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nogginthenog 31/03/2017
    nogginthenog 31/03/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Hoped for more"
    Would you listen to E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories again? Why?

    Yes, but not top of my wish list!


    Any additional comments?

    Fairly traditional stories ranging from spooky to Lovecraft style horror ... the earlier stories in this collection were, I thought, the best ones. Ironically, I felt that the narration improved as it went on - I had hoped for more from it as Mark Gatiss is both a fan and an actor. It wasn't helped by each new story following so hot on the heels of the previous one that sometimes it was hard to tell where one started and the other stopped - often there was more of a pause following the story title than between them, which led to some confusion at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aurora UK 01/03/2017
    Aurora UK 01/03/2017 Member Since 2006
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    "A wonderful reading of classic ghost stories"
    Would you listen to E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories again? Why?

    As with all E.F. Benson stories these are entertaining and multi layered. His eye for detail is fantastic, it gives you such a vivid picture of the people and places.


    What about Mark Gatiss’s performance did you like?

    This was a revelation - such a beautiful voice, I was swept away by him. His voicing of the characters, the pace and tone, made this one of the best narrations I have ever listened to.


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

    It was spine chilling and fascinating - I wanted to listen to the whole thing in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    A totally bewitching listen, I can only wish that Mark Gatiss will do many more readings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scigirl
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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
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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
  • John
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    "SATURATED with SUPERB SHUDDERS"

    This little tome is saturated with superb shudders... the old fashioned way of giving you little fingers of dread
    running up your spine and over your shoulder... Deliciously subtle...

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  • Anna
    15/05/17
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    "Masters of their crafts!"

    Firstly, it was a thrill to discover that E F Benson, a fairly new love of mine, is a firm favourite of Mark Gatiss, who is a genius in his own right. His narration of these spooky tales is without peer, they grip you and don't let go. Gatiss inhabits the dozens of different characters with very distinct nuances, and does so effortlessly. This collection has been an absolute blessing for many otherwise banal car drives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Freudenberg
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    11/03/17
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    "Mark Gatiss at his Best"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mark Gatiss reading those well written ghost stories. It was quite clear from his performance that he not only loves these kind of stories but is a skilled and experienced actor who has a well trained voice.

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