Tales for a Stormy Night
- A Pandora's Box of Classic Chillers
- Narrated by: Full Cast
- Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-29-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Befitting this varied fare, the presentation is a witch's brew of readings and dramatizations, seasoned tastefully, and (where appropriate) not so tastefully, with music and sound effects, under the direction of Yuri Rasovsky, Peabody and Audie Award-winning producer, and his coven of 20-odd (some very odd) performers.
From Japan comes "Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi" by Lafcadio Hearn; from France, Maupassant's "The Horla"; from Eastern Europe, "Bonche the Silent" by I. L. Peretz; from Ireland, William Butler Yeats's one-act drama "Purgatory"; from Scotland, Stevenson's cadaverous "The Body Snatcher"; and from merry, or, in this case, morose, old England, Munro's catty "Tobermori", plus "Something Lies beyond the Scene" by Dame Edith Sitwell and composer William Walton.
America is well represented by Poe's intoxicating "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Fall of the House of Usher"; Bierce's homage to lethal entrepreneurship, "Oil of Dog"; Lovecraft's necromantic "The Terrible Old Man"; and two tales of haunted real estate, "The Ghostly Rental" by James and "Kerfol" by Wharton.
Shut your eyes and give your mind a listen, if you dare.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Adeliese on 05-23-09
This collection is uneven at best. Some of the narrators are excellent, but most are forgettable. A few are the auditory equivalent of a migraine.
Note: The "unabridged" description on the graphic is frankly incorrect. Many of the stories are badly dramatized, i.e., Saki's "Tobermory." The Poe stories are dramatizations just short of Cormanesque camp.
The worst offender may be Lovecraft's narrator, followed closely by Bierce's.
Charlotte de Quincy's tasteless porno-satire is strangely out-of-place. I had this title playing on the computer and had to turn it off because of my children; fair warning about that.
It was Wharton's "Kerfol" that attracted me to the collection; the narrator is excellent. "Hoichi the Earless" and "The Body Snatchers" are well-done.
Because there is so little to recommend, I can only give two stars and wish you better luck with your own selections.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Josie on 06-04-08
Scary to listen too, not in a good way.
There are some fantastic stories here. Unfortunately many of them are painful, rather than frightening, to listen. Of particular note are the near-hysterical reading of Wharton's Kerfol, and the perhaps the worse Scottish accents ever committed to tape on The Body Snatcher.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Rebecca on 05-13-18
Good, classic tales, some of which were new to me. American stories well read, but I’m afraid the British accents are frequently rather toe-curlingly flaky.