This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "A Warning to the Curious". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.
"David Collings reads wonderfully well." (The Observer)
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History and Ghosts
A combination of history and ghosts creates an attractive package for me and I enjoyed James's story.
Mr. Paxton is my favorite character and his curious nature is what makes and unravels his quest so thoroughly.
David Colling's performance is measured, yet lively as he brings to life all of M.R. Jame's characters. His knowledge of the story is also clear, lending a sparkle to his performance.
- Mike K of Denver
A Warning to the Curious by Montague Rhodes James.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It is an interesting ghost story and read well by David Collings. In his stories, the author M.R. James, takes us to another time and place. I would like to introduce my friends to M.R. James stories. This audiobook for this story and the others are easier and more fun to first hear than to read the print, although, I do enjoy James' books.
There were several memorable moments in A Warning to the Curious. One was when the two gentlemen began to see in the hallway the shadow or the weak ghost that had been following Mr. Paxton. Another was when the three were walking to the mound and became aware of the "dim presences" and "restraint hostility" of something nearby them. James' descriptions are pleasing and often startling. Another moment is when the two gentlemen found Mr. Paxton lying on the beach, "after the snares of death overtook him". I love the way James' writes.
The scene where Mr. Paxton is first explaining to the two gentlemen how he came to find the crown is my favorite because the writing allows you to go where Paxton went and share his experiences. In his audiobook reading, this scene is where David Collings is superb.
The story is overall enjoyable and David Collings is an ideal narrator.
Montague Rhodes James' stories are unique and enjoyable. He lived at a different time and was well educated. This is evident in his ghost stories.
- Repeat Customer