A gentleman decides to take a sea voyage to calm his nerves. But he encounters an eerie creature on board that has anything but that effect.More
It is the unyielding realism in the details of the story - of history, and of the ship on which this tale unfolds - that allows the grotesque and mythic twist in the tale's plot to remain believable. Jack Benson' s performance of this 50-minute audio is nuanced and engaging, if not at all dramatic. Listeners will be hard pressed to recall that author F. Marion Crawford was a 19th-century cosmopolitan Italian, given that The Upper Berth has the tone of an all-American seafaring adventure story.
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Nautical Ghost Story-dun right
Classic ocean ghost.
The doctor, for his almost cynical certainty.
I haven't listened to any other works read by him.
The spook factor here was delightful and chilling, in the classic, good old british ghost story way. I liked the odd familiarity developed by the crew with the patterns of the apparition. The opening periods were just delightfully familiar in their Jamesian comedy.
I wanted a nice spooky sea-faring yarn. This delivers.