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Summary

Four spine-tingling short stories from masters of the genre, read by Michael Maloney, Eleanor Bron, and Andrew Sachs. 'The Phantom Coach' by Amelia B. Edwards; 'The Judge’s House' by Bram Stoker; 'The Tapestried Chamber' by Sir Walter Scott; 'The Man of Science' by Jerome K. Jerome.

In 'The Phantom Coach', a young man lost on the moors in a snowstorm takes refuge in a lonely farmhouse. Anxious not to be stranded overnight, he makes a fateful decision....

'The Tapestried Chamber' sees General Browne visiting his old friend Lord Woodville in his picturesque castle. But Browne’s night in the tapestried chamber is not to be a pleasant one.

'The Judge’s House' finds Malcolm Malcolmson searching for a quiet place to study for his exams. His choice of an isolated house previously owned by an evil hanging judge is to have terrible consequences....

Finally, in 'The Man of Science', the hate of one man and the fear of another lead to a dreadful revenge.

These four classic tales from the golden age of the ghost story are sure to induce a frisson of fear.

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Quaint Entertainments & The Straws of Faith

Four spooky tales written between 1828 and 1892 in a collection that ushers out the end of the Gothic era and welcomes in the Golden Age of the Ghost Story. Oldest is Walter Scott's 'The Tapestried Chamber', which simply belongs to an earlier tradition than the others; it's fine but undermines itself by skipping over the supernatural encounter and having it recounted from the safety of the next day. Jerome's 'The Man Of Science' likewise distances itself from its raison d'etre by relating the story third-hand. A slight tale that reads like a passage from M.R. James, it's well-written but feels rather throwaway.
Stoker's 'The Judge's House' is a classic of the genre: a headstrong student encounters the malevolent spectre of a hanging judge with unfortunate results; it's not especially original (Le Fanu's 'An Account of Some Strange Disturbances In Aungier Street' did the same thing to better effect) but this does the job.
Best of the bunch is Amelia B. Edwards' 'The Phantom Coach'; almost symbolic in its deceptive simplicity, the story is beautifully written and hauntingly creepy. Michael Maloney's rich and varied voice does it full justice; it is a perfect example of somebody reading a good story well. Maloney also reads Scott's contribution, whilst Eleanor Bron and Andrew Sachs do first-rate work on Stoker and Jerome, respectively.

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Classic Ghost Stories brilliantly narrated

A great collection of ghost stories. Perfect for dipping into when you fancy listening to something creepy on a dark night with a roaring fire for company and a mug of cocoa. Perhaps don't listen at bedtime though unless you are made of sterner stuff than me!

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Not Bad

It's not a bad listen but there are better ghosts stories the stories were well narrated but not what I would call very ghostly, worth a listen and not too long.

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Super scary stories

The music grabs you, then the narrators voices pull you in to terror tales.

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Good but not totally my cuppa

quite a traditional old story telling. if you like a classic tale then this will be for you but the story's are all together so can be a bit of a faff if your wanting to skip.

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Classic stories well read.

A great collection of chillers, well produced, very haunting and highly recommended to lovers of the psychological classic spook tale.

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Great 👻 Stories.

Now I loved all these Ghost stories and all the narrators where great.

The only problem is what happens if I didn't like one of these stories as it wouldn't be easy to skip that story as the chapters are inside chapters instead of having a single chapter for each story with the title of it after all these are meant to be books but in Audio form and what do books have well laid out chapters. What so hard Audible why can't you do this as well.

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Short stories to get into the Halloween spirit!

These four stories, each of 30-60 minutes approx, are perfect gothic short tales by 4 classic writers. The readers are excellent. It makes for a cosy evening!

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Mixed

Bram stoker’s ‘the judge’s house’ was excellent, the others just average. Well narrated as expected given the ‘all star’ line up.

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Brilliantly told

I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the old ghost stories. These are excellently performed by the narrators.

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Excellently Told Classic Tales!

If you're looking for some classic horror tales read by superb narrators, this is your audiobook! Although only 2 hours 18 mins long, I find this a great purchase (I got it on one of the frequent sales). The narrator on the first two stories was my favourite, and I enjoyed The Phantom Coach the most of all of them with The Judge's House as runner-up. Check this one out if you're a fan of classic horror!