The Turn of the Screw

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Simon Vance, Vanessa Benjamin
  • 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on?With its possibly ambiguous content and powerful narrative technique, the story challenges the listener to determine if the unnamed governess is correctly reporting events or is instead an unreliable neurotic with an overheated imagination.


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Compelling, creepy and rich in its ambiguity

My first exposure to Henry James was this tight little psycho-drama of a ghost story. 'Turn of the Screw' is one of those amazing little stories that twists the reader back and forth between the extremes of believing the narrator is legitimate in her fear of actual ghosts or believing she is simply mad. James' story turns on this dilemma. One slight rotation to the right and all bets are off.

For a ghost story, I was far more creeped out by the two 'angelic' children, the vacant setting, and the remote English country house. Anyway, while not blown away by the story, I still found it compelling, creepy and rich in its ambiguity.
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- Darwin8u

I didn't think I liked Henry James

But I do. I was just too young to "get" Henry James before. Vanessa Benjamin is perfect for this book.
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- Sarah R. Jacobs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.