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The Turn of the Screw

Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem. The governess believes they have been communing with the ghosts of the former valet and governess. The problem is no one else on the staff can see the ghosts. She alone suspects that the ghosts are controlling the young boy and girl for some evil purpose. The children are evasive when questioned, and the governess begins to fear that the souls of the two children may be in danger. Henry James manages to generate spine-tingling suspense in this mesmerizing tale.
©1898 Public Domain (P)1979 Jimcin Recordings

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  • Ninad
  • 21-01-08

This is the best

Highly recommended.

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  • Louise M
  • 13-02-08

Wondeful

Wonderful story and the reader was excellent. I had no problem with the sound as another reviewer did.
Perhaps Audible fixed it or it was just a bad download. That's happened to me on occasion so I just download it again - at the highest level.

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  • Diane
  • 07-10-10

Excellent all around - great narrator

This is a classic which I have seen in movie form and enjoyed. I really enjoyed this audio more. The narrator is superb. The story is a classic with such a twist at the ending. Truly worth listening too if you like classic suspense which means don't expect fast paced but still engrossing.

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  • D. Jack Dunn
  • 30-01-20

What was the point?

I bought the book because I had seen the movie The Turning which was based on the book. It was really strange. The book unfortunately was stranger and I could not find a point to the story.

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  • RedRobin58
  • 01-11-19

Terrible Audio

The audio on this is so bad! It’s like the speaker’s mouth is covered half the time. The plot is convoluted with a ton of nonsense words that don’t even mean the same thing anymore. I don’t recommend listening to this but reading it may help when it comes to comprehension.

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  • Cody Zdankiewicz
  • 25-10-19

I don’t care if it’s a classic, skip it

My husband the-English-major suggested this to me and honestly the 2.99 I spent on it was a waste but the hours I spent listening to it I will never get back. The narrators voice was lovely, she sounds like a classic Disney princess. However having to listen to the main character drone on for hours is the true horror of the tale. Go ahead and spark-note this one and call it a day. It could have been a nice short story but dragged on for too long with little to show for it.

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  • Tim Glennon
  • 10-12-18

Excellent performance of the classic ghost story,

Brilliant reading, especially the male first reader, the dramatist in the reader Walter Zimmerman made me want to continue listening, rather than reading... Gave me real appreciation for the film The Innocents, which preceded my reading of the novel

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  • Chris
  • 13-01-15

Movie was better than the book. What a filp

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would get lost in all the words. Too wordy, I got the book because I saw the movie. Maybe I didn't enjoy it because the vocabulary, not sure. Good story, good performance, but really had a rough time finishing it. It seemed to go on and on and on.

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  • Aaron Wohl
  • 24-03-10

Reader problems

Cindy Killavey reading is entirely flat. Of the 1115 books I have this reader is the worst. After forcing myself to listen to half the book with Kllavey's reading, I purchased the Vanessa Benjamin reading. I am quite happy with the Banjamin reading.

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  • turtlesong
  • 13-12-07

It's Not The Story, It's The Recording

The story is the one that you know. Is the new governess insane, or are the children and the estate truly beset by the ghosts of the prior governess and valet?

It would be a riveting story if not for the poor recording quality. When the narrator for the new governess takes over the story, the recording begins to fade in and out. In several areas, it sometimes becomes unintelligible. In the beginning of the story a "crossfade" is done to signify a change in narrators. But the fading in and out, a random intervals, of the governess' voice has no narrative reasoning that I can find, except error.

Also, in one long segment after the governess takes over the story there appears to be an undertrack. You can't make out the words but you can hear that someone is speaking - most annoying.

All-in-all, it's not worth it to spend four (4) hours and 26 minutes being driven crazy - not by evil entities, but by poor recordists.

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