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Five haunting tales from Benedict Ashforth, the best-selling author of Abbot's Keep.

©2014 Patrick O'Neill (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michelle{BookHangovers}
  • 18-11-20

Where’s this author been?? I need more Benedict Ashforth ASAP

I’ve recently downloaded Audible because I love listening to audiobooks. There’s a collection of Audible Originals and other “free” audiobooks that come with the membership, which I appreciate, but it’s slim pickings. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and find some hidden gems.....Benedict Ashforth is one of them.
This is the second book I’ve read (listened to) by this author. The first was Abbot’s Keep: a short ghost story, which was creepy AF! And then, this awesome collection of short stories. Both were dark and eerie and very enjoyable.

The narrators for both books did a PHENOMENAL job! They exceptionally portrayed the frightened characters, so much so, they had me shaken up.

Especially, while sitting outside in the cold, dark night while a man pulls up in his car, sits there for a minute before saying (in a low, monotone voice):
~ “Hiiiii....(drawn out)...I’m David. Yeah...I live just down the road. *long pause* Yeah...I see you out here a lot and I’ve been wanting to say hi...*LONG PAUSE*”
~ ME: “Oh, okay. Hi! I hope you....” The guy abruptly drives away....I couldn’t even complete my sentence.

It was FU€KiNG WEIRD!!!

After listening to this haunting book and then experiencing the creepy introduction of a neighbor on a cold dark night......I was completely SHOOK UP and frightened! And in my mind, I’m thinking....I want to read more by this author! 😅

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-01-21

chilling!

at one point, i had to stop listening for awhile cause i was creepin myself out! i couldn't finish til the next day. good stuff!

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  • Kaiyaque
  • 04-01-21

Very nice

Good stories, competent readers: A nice selection of stories with differing modes in the ghost/horror range. The one about fois grass eg, though one can guess the outcome fairly easily, is nicely written and read.

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  • Brionna R.
  • 11-01-21

Great spooky stories!!!

I was not expecting much from this, as I was unfamiliar with the author, and had only happened to come across this title in my list of Audible recommendations. But I’m so glad I decided to give Ashforth a try! The stories are deliciously spooky... I admit I felt a tingle along my spine more than once while listening to these five fantastic narrators... and I was not disappointed in the slightest. In fact, I plan to seek out more of Benedict Ashforth’s work and I won’t feel sorry at all paying good money for it. If you enjoy spooky stories, give this author a try!!! :-D

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  • Admiralu
  • 13-01-21

5 Superbly Narrated Creepy Tales

I have now read all of the books by this author that I could find. It is a shame that there are so few. Mr. Ashford has a gift for gothic ghost stories, his prose is incredible and he is able to build tension and atmosphere in a way many authors cannot. He understands that the suggestion can be more effective than gore. This book contains 5 amazing creepy tales. I highly recommend you grab the audio book version, read by a set of highly talented narrators that bring these tales alive. Simply superb. If this is your first, be sure to get his other works, equally thrilling.

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  • King-Typo
  • 15-05-21

All good

This is good and nice. I'm really happy with it.. The voice actors are great. My favorite was the first story.

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  • Lisa Lambert Nunley
  • 13-05-21

Great “Hitchcockian” style tales!

I grew up in a family that loved tales of horror and suspense. In my opinion, the very best horror stories are not filled with revolting descriptions of blood and gore. The best are those that make you feel uncomfortable and a little worried as to the possibility that the story was actually TRUE. I loved these stories because that’s exactly the way I felt! (My mother would’ve read these to me before bed each night...if the had been available to her)😀😳

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  • Paul
  • 28-03-21

Wonderful little strories of horror

These are some of the best horror stories I have ever read or listened. The author has both the imagination for intriguing and creepy stories and the skill to tell those stories in a manner that makes them alive and weirdly believable even when they are manifestly surreal.

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  • M. Anderson
  • 25-03-21

Wow...

This was fantastic. I’ve since got every audible book available from him. The narration is equally great. I could listen to these all day long. Just wow.

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  • Mike
  • 17-03-21

Haunting but not haunting

Most of the stories weren't original in their plots, and so weren't that scary. Still, the narrators made up for that, by keeping the atmosphere of the stories, that the author wanted. The most original and haunting story is the first one, which has a great twist at the end!