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E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories

read by Mark Gatiss
Written by: E. F. Benson
Narrated by: Mark Gatiss
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. There's no need for a ticking clock, a limping footstep, or a knock at the door to start you trembling. There's nothing to be scared of. Nothing at all.

©2016 E. F. Benson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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amazing listen

I highly recommend this audiobook. It is spooky and funny and twisted plus it has slugs.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-10-28

E.F. Benson Classics Excellently Read by Gatiss

Nine E.F. Benson stories read by Mr. Gatiss. I was pleasantly surprised by his performance - he has a great voice and did some enjoyable character acting. I thought his voice for Mrs. Amworth was more like a creepy old man and a bit out of place, but still entertaining. The stories in this audiobook are:
- Spinach
- In the Tube
- The Room in the Tower
- And No Bird Sings
- Negotium Perambulans
- The Man Who Went Too Far
- Mrs Amworth
- Caterpillars
- The Bus-Conductor
Highly recommended to classic horror fans!

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  • Meep
  • 2016-12-02

Gatiss and Benson, a superb combination

I have been a fan of E.F. Benson's ghost stories for many years, and I am also a huge fan of Mark Gatiss, so to run across the combination was a true Christmas treat for me! Benson wrote some wonderful classic ghost stories and this is an excellent selection of some of his best, though of course I wish there were more here. He wrote a huge selection, and it would be lovely to have another volume read by this reader.
Gatiss is a superb reader. I wish we could have a collection of him reading M. R. James (the best ghost story writer to ever live, in my opinion) as I know Gatiss is a fan of James also and I feel sure he would read them splendidly. I also wish that Audible would provide us with Mr. Gatiss reading his own books. I know he has provided audio recordings of at least one of his works, how about getting them for us, Audible? Please?

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  • BirdyThurs
  • 2018-08-06

Partway Through, but Wonderful!

Disclaimer: I have not heard all the stories yet.

Because these are very restrained, atmospheric stories you need to be in the right mood to listen.

Mark Gatiss is a wonderful narrator, perfect at maintaining a calm tone on the surface to give a sharper edge to the events. I get worried sometimes about a single narrator performing dialogue, but Gatiss is excellent at distinguishing characters without distractingly silly voices.

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  • John
  • 2017-08-28

SATURATED with SUPERB SHUDDERS

This little tome is saturated with superb shudders... the old fashioned way of giving you little fingers of dread
running up your spine and over your shoulder... Deliciously subtle...

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  • A. Freudenberg
  • 2017-03-11

Mark Gatiss at his Best

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mark Gatiss reading those well written ghost stories. It was quite clear from his performance that he not only loves these kind of stories but is a skilled and experienced actor who has a well trained voice.

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  • Anna
  • 2017-05-15

Masters of their crafts!

Firstly, it was a thrill to discover that E F Benson, a fairly new love of mine, is a firm favourite of Mark Gatiss, who is a genius in his own right. His narration of these spooky tales is without peer, they grip you and don't let go. Gatiss inhabits the dozens of different characters with very distinct nuances, and does so effortlessly. This collection has been an absolute blessing for many otherwise banal car drives.

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  • Babs
  • 2016-10-13

Captures the age

It's a nice change from Gothic castles and Victorian weirs but certainly just as creepy.
The airy atmosphere created by the stories & performance makes the eerie parts cut just that bit deeper.

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  • Scigirl
  • 2016-10-08

Excellent Ghost Stories!

Have you listened to any of Mark Gatiss’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mark Gatiss is an excellent narrator and does an tremendous job with these tales.

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

Listened to the entire series of stories on one sitting while working on a knitting project. Kept me thoroughly entertained and engaged.

Any additional comments?

Good creepy fun, especially for those who enjoy old-fashioned ghost stories.

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  • Mark Hull
  • 2019-06-12

Listen with pleasure

Superb combination of story and narration. These E. F. Benson tales are finely crafted masterpieces which virtually demand that you share them with others once your own adventure is concluded. I cannot recommend them too highly.

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  • Mahu Jedi
  • 2019-05-28

Not for me

I listened to about 75% of this collection and just stopped. I honestly do not like some of the narrator's voices as they are irritating beyond belief to me, and the stories do not seem to flow well and end abruptly. I had to playback the last minute or so of more than one story to try and understand the ending.

Stick with M. R. James.