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    • Ghostly Tales: An Audible Christmas Gift

    • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,858
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,579

    The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really well read

    • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

    Regular price: £5.99

    • E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories

    • read by Mark Gatiss
    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent stuff!

    • By Amazon Customer on 13-10-16

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Great British Short Story Collection

    • By: Barry Pain, E. F. Benson, Stacy Aumonier, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 32 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 11

    A gripping collection of over 50 of the greatest short stories written by great British writers. 1."The Missing Years" by Barry Pain, 2. "His Brother's Keeper" by W. W. Jacobs, 3. "A Madman's Manuscript" by Charles Dickens, 4. "The House of Cobwebs" by Barry Pain, 5. "Old Fags" by Stacy Aumonier, 6. "A Long-Ago Affair" by John Galsworthy, 7. "August Heat" by W. F. Harvey, 8. "The Dabblers" by W. F. Harvey, 9. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Poorly Narrated

    • By Ms CLARE J CLEMENS on 25-10-15

    Regular price: £99.99

    • Mapp and Lucia

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Mapp and Lucia is the centrepiece of E.F. Benson's series of Lucia novels - bringing together for the first time the eponymous middle-aged doyennes of polite 1930s society Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline Luca (Lucia to her friends). Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • all too short

    • By Philip on 14-06-10

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Miss Mapp

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Miss Elizabeth Mapp, magnificent grande dame and heiress, is always on the lookout lest her neighbors fall outside the bounds of perfect, exemplary manners. But her tightly controlled world is soon beset on all sides by interlopers, first in the disturbingly masculine form of two very different retired army officers, both of whom are anything but retiring in their conflicting aims upon her heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • and escapist delight

    • By Philip on 22-04-10

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Lucia's Progress

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Arch enemies Mapp and Lucia return in the next instalment of E.F. Benson’s classic series of rural snobbery. Lucia is now a permanent resident of Tilling and continues her way up the social ladder with gusto, making attempts through the Town Council, finance, a platonic marriage and even the cricket club.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but Elizabth's characterisation inconsistent

    • By Victoria on 09-11-15

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Fifty Classic Ghost Stories

    • By: E. F. Benson, Edith Wharton, F. Marion Crawford, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 30 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 21

    A wonderful collection of 50 of the best classic ghost stories ever written. 'The Missing Model' by Lettice Galbraith, 'Pomegranate Seed' by Edith Wharton, 'The Screaming Skull' by F. Marion Crawford, 'The Ghost in the Cupboard Room' by Wilkie Collins, 'The Shadow on the Blind' by Louisa Baldwin, 'A Ghost's Revenge' by Lettice Galbraith, 'The Lost Ghost' by Mary Wilkins-Freeman, 'On the Northern Ice' by Elia W. Peattie, 'The Cold Embrace' by Mary E. Braddon, 'The Dust Cloud' by E. F. Benson, and many more.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Text to speach

    • By Joseph Jewell on 28-02-16

    Regular price: £99.99

    • Queen Lucia: The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation

    • By: E. F. Benson, Aubrey Woods
    • Narrated by: Barbara Jefford, Jonathan Cecil, full cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    Barbara Jefford is the hilariously outrageous Lucia in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the novel by E.F. Benson. Lucia is the uncrowned queen of 1920s provincial society, the Everest of social climbers and the most delicious of snobs. In the pastoral serenity of the village of Riseholme, Lucia and her unforgettable cronies face up to an Indian guru, spiritualism, and a cultural usurper.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Queen Lucia - a brilliant tour de force

    • By S D BALL on 18-01-15

    Regular price: £14.00

    • Mrs. Ames

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Nathalie Boltt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    E. F. Benson, best known for his irresistible Mapp and Lucia novels set in the fictional town of Tilling, England, was a prolific and beloved novelist. Though the Mapp and Lucia books remain popular to this day, this kindred book will be back in print for the first time since its initial publication. The son of E. W. Benson, archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 to 1896, the young E. F. Benson was educated at Marlborough School and at King's College, Cambridge.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Almost Unlistenable

    • By Tab on 16-01-14

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Queen Lucia

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    England between the wars was a paradise of utter calm and leisure for the very, very rich. But into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the pomp and subdued nature of her class. With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, she upends the greats of high society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Lucia, would like more unabridged Lucia pls

    • By Mrs on 22-04-14

    Regular price: £19.69

    • A Collection of Ghost Stories

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    E. F. Benson's (1867-1940) ghost and supernatural stories are marvellous jewels, that combine elegant writing with moments of blood-curdling horror. This collection comprises thirteen of his finest stories: The Man Who Went Too Far; The Horror Horn; The Other Bed; Gavon's Eve; The Room in the Tower; Ali Abdul's Grave; How Fear departed from the Long Gallery; The Shootings of Achnaleish; The Dust-Cloud; The Confession of Charles Linkworth; Caterpillars; At the Farmhouse; The Bus-Conductor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic stories, lifeless reading

    • By Chris Halliday on 10-10-17

    Regular price: £17.49

    • The Great Short Story Collection

    • 66 Classic Gems of the Short Story Genre
    • By: Barry Pain, O. Henry, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 7

    The short story is considered to be one of the most challenging genres because of the need for compact plotlines and the ability to conjure up atmosphere and character in a few sentences and to engage the reader instantly. This collection presents 66 of the greatest examples of the genre - many of them well known, some hidden literary treasures, all of them exquisite examples of the short story at its finest.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a strange collection

    • By greg on 26-07-15

    Regular price: £69.99

    • Lucia in London

    • By: E F Benson
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Using her best social-climbing instincts and refusing to be embarrassed, Lucia sets out to conquer London and mingle with the beau monde. Soon a secret group of 'Luciaphiles' springs up; the social climbers who make up its rank never tire of watching her get into and out of all kinds of trouble.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narration topping, abridgement unnecessary.

    • By Holly on 08-01-15

    Regular price: £11.19

    • Trouble for Lucia

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    Taking the position of mayor in the town of Tilling brings much delight to Lucia. However, with her local rival Miss Mapp around, trouble is never far away.Lucia is elevated to her new position with Georgie Pilson as her sidekick, confidant, and escort. Lucia and Georgie renew their acquaintance with the opera diva Olga Braceley and the composer Cortese, but nobody in Tilling believes Lucia when she claims to have entertained a duchess.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book but why is it abridged????

    • By Amazon Customer on 31-07-11

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires

    • By: M. R. James, Eric Stanislaus Stenbock, Bram Stoker, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 3

    A terrifying collection of classic Victorian short stories about ghosts, werewolves and vampires. The Wolf Book by Henry Chapman Mercer. Number Ninety by B. M. Croker. Ken's Mystery by Julian Hawthorne. The Piano Next Door by Elia W. Peattie. The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains by Frederick Marryat. The Horla by Guy de Maupassant. Absolute Evil by Julian Hawthorne. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Cathy Dobson

    • By SimonH on 15-06-16

    Regular price: £99.99

    • Miss Mapp

    • By: E F Benson
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Nothing escapes the snooping opera glasses of Miss Elizabeth Mapp. She whiles away her busy hours observing the small English village of Tilling, and recording the antics in her notebook. But her observations are set to be disrupted by amorous advances of two retired army generals, both vying for her affection. With Miss Mapp distracted, who will keep Miss Susan Poppit in her place or oversee the correct playing of bridge? More importantly will quiet Tilling be subject to a violent duel?

    Regular price: £11.19

    • Short Stories: After Dark Classics

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, and others
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey, Patrick Malahide, Richard Pasco, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    This collection contains the best of classic horror writing, with the atmospheric genius of Edgar Allan Poe, the invention and eeriness of Bram Stoker, and the suspense of Wilkie Collins amongst the terrifying gems. In this veritable schooling in the origins of modern-day horror and fantasy, some of the best minds in the history of English literature take on the world of vampires, werewolves, and the supernatural.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Chilling Ghost Stories

    • By: Charles Dickens, M. R. James, E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Andrew Sachs reads these four classic stories of suspense - "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens, "The Haunted Doll's House" by M. R. James, "The Room in the Tower" by E. F. Benson, and "The Bus-Conductor" by E. F. Benson. These spine-tingling tales, from the golden age of the ghost story, are sure to leave you with a creeping sense of dread.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By laura bingham on 19-02-17

    Regular price: £6.79

    • Twenty-Minute Stories

    • Over Fifty Classic Short Stories
    • By: B. M. Croker, Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne, W. C. Morrow, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      1.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Over 50 great classic short stories, each around 20 minutes in length - perfect for short journeys, bedtime listening and those moments in between.... 'The Khitmatgar' by B. M. Croker, 'The Mummy of Thompson Pratt' by Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne, 'The Ghost at the Blue Dragon' by William J. Wintle, 'A Tropical Horror' by William Hope Hodgson, 'Miracles' by Barry Pain, 'The Dust That Was Barren' by P. C. Wren, 'His Unconquerable Enemy' by W. C. Morrow, 'A Tiger’s Skin' by W. W. Jacobs....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Impulse buy

    • By lizzie on 12-05-16

    Regular price: £89.99

    • Yet More Strange Tales

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce, and others
    • Narrated by: Roy Macready
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    A third collection of 18 classic tales of the weird and supernatural by some of the best known writers in these genres.

    Regular price: £13.19

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