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Summary

This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "Number 13". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.
Public Domain (P)2009 Andrews UK Ltd under exclusive license from Craftsman Audio

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"David Collings reads wonderfully well." ( The Observer)

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Best of James

My favourite of the James catalogue.
Sinister and dark.
The TV versions never do it justice.

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Lovely short story, occasionally iffy pronunciation

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.

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Just a classic story

Would you consider the audio edition of Number 13 to be better than the print version?

It is a well read version, easy to listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr Anderson is the no nonsense man who cant understand what he sees.

What about David Collings’s performance did you like?

A good story reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

You cannot go wrong with some M R James stories.

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  • Donna Deal
  • 06-10-19

Another haunted hotel story

Strange things going on in room 13... but, the landlord says: there's no room 13.
Decent little story about what not to do in a hotel...