Ghostly Tales: An Audible Christmas Giftby Published 14 Dec 2017
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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?
Also featuring Sally Phillips, John Banks and Dan Starkey, this exclusive recording includes Between the Lights by E.F. Benson, A Strange Christmas Game by J.H. Riddell, Was It an Illusion by Emelia B. Edwards and The Signalman by Charles Dickens.
Ghostly Tales: An Audible Christmas Gift Reviews
A very welcome freebie from Audible, narrated by Simon Callow and Sally Phillips, providing about two and a half hours of very solid entertainment.
The narration is very high quality, well acted stuff and really draws you into each story. Although they're all ghost stories, they left me feeling a bit more festive than before I'd listened and this time of year that can only be a good thing.
The best recommendation I could give this, is to say that even though it was free, it would've been worth paying for.
This was book was read by the excellent actor Simon Callow. However the stories were not for me and I could not finish it.
It seems somewhat churlish to review a freebie but there we are. This collection of four ghost stories is read by Simon Callow and was a Christmas gift from Audible. Between the four Victorian tales, we are privy to a chat between Callow and his sound recordist, noting just how lovely it is to read and be read to. Aww. Needless to say, there's also a slight story to this as well.
As for the stories themselves, they are well read by Callow, with occasional sound effects and extra cast voices thrown in. Occasionally it's a bit am-dram but it holds together well enough. As for the stories themselves, well, the first two haven't really held up as well as one might hope - the first simply isn't scary, whilst the second is fine. The third story is actually quite enjoyable and the fourth is The Signal-Man, which is a classic and obviously the best of the lot. It's a nice collection for free and passed the time at work well enough!
The stories were good (except for the first one, which was a bit rambly and didn't really pay off) but the scripted bits between Simon Callow and Sally Phillips grated on me after a while.
The 2017 Audible Christmas special, free for members, is a set of four short ghost stories told in the framework of the narrator recording the stories in the Audible studios, chatting to the producer between takes. It's a nice setup.
The stories are short and atmospheric but I didnt think they were anything special. The voice acting is excellent though.
Nice freebie, good winter tales.