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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Carole Boyd, David Rintoul Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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This classic story focusses on a naïve governess who takes charge of two children at the lonely House of Bly. When she begins to see ghosts, she believes that the children do too - with devastating consequences.

More than just a simple tale of the supernatural, James poses questions about childhood innocence, corruption, and hysteria. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa James | 2/19/2014

    " Twisted & creepy, this is an excellent ghost story. I'd heard about it for years, but was never brave enough to attempt a story this old till now. I'm really glad I did! The ending, for those who have NOT read it, is rather startling :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah | 2/4/2014

    " Too much of an exercise for my liking. For me the story couldn't breath because James suffocated it in postmodern tricks (though, of course, he wouldn't have called them that since the term did not yet exist). Plus, it's almost all telling, very little showing, so I never got a good sense of the children's behavior, nor of the estate as a whole. Again, I understand why James trapped the story in the narrator's consciousness, but I think he sacrificed too much for that brooding, insular tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/29/2014

    " Ah, the wordy horrors of neurosis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/21/2014

    " I can't say I enjoyed reading this short story as much as I did other Henry James books but it still was a pretty good read. The writing is impeccable, of course, but I think the plot and characters somehow lacked substance. Many questions are asked, little answers are given. One question in particular has been bugging me since I finished the book: what had the boy done to be expelled from school? If anybody finds out, please let me know! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Parker | 1/20/2014

    " I'm not sure how to rate this book or even if I understood it. Chloe Parks made me read this as the price for letting me read Lord of the Flies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 1/15/2014

    " You know, for a ghost story this wasn't scary at all. In fact, I would call it a snooze-fest. 1.5 stars out of 5 (rounded down). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Graedel Partington | 1/14/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites! A perfect book for Halloween - a terrific psychological ghost story. The Turn of the Screw is a classic example of a work that employs the "unreliable narrator," causing the reader to question the very foundations of the narrative as the story unfolds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Winnek | 1/4/2014

    " This book made an indelible impression on me, fifty years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denis | 1/2/2014

    " Slight disappointment. It's premise is full of potential, but characters are simplistic, it also lacks truly spooky/scary atmosphere which is essential for horror stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Wilson | 12/29/2013

    " What a constant subjection to ambiguity. How dare you trick me into indirectness! The only fact was the ending, how sudden and unexpected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 12/13/2013

    " This was more of ghost story than a mystery. It is scary, but it just didn't suit my mood for a pre-Christmas mystery. James's style distracted from the story at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Gillespie | 12/1/2013

    " I loved the story, but the diction was excruciatingly hard to navigate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 9/30/2013

    " Loved the story...but, this is my first Henry James read and all I can think is that I've never seen so many commas in my life! I found it distracting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/3/2013

    " I cannot get over how convoluted Henry James's language can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/16/2012

    " Thought I had better read this after finishing "Florence and Giles" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Rowley | 6/23/2012

    " Loved it. Just about as much suspense as I can handle in a book. I also wrote my senior thesis on Henry James, so I am a little biased. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 4/18/2012

    " it was between ok and liked it really. Best part about it was the way he conveyed the increase in the characters hysteria, worst was the plot necessary to explain these emotional environments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 3/15/2012

    " Chose 5 stars for this book because Henry James was and always will be a genius. Haunting and ghastly, "The Turn of the Screw" remains a classic now and always. So happy that I finally made the time to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 10/1/2011

    " A marvellous mindscrew that kept me in suspense and had me genuinely sympathizing with the plight of the terrified (and at times, terrifying) governess. This is a classic gothic novel and one that defined many of the key tropes of the genre as it stands today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola-ingrid | 8/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed this novel. Until one of my university lecturers delved into the depth of critical theory and ripped it apart. Now, I need to ensure a bottle of wine follows a bottle of gaviscon when I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karensi | 5/22/2011

    " This book scared me to death. Made the mistake of reading it at night, on my own on Halloween. Slept with the light on for a week after that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/20/2011

    " Thought I had better read this after finishing "Florence and Giles" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 5/18/2011

    " Very interesting story. This is another story in which the reader is allowed to conjecture as to what really happened. The story is vague enough to allow the reader to come up with many conclusions, creating another "turn of the screw". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/14/2011

    " If you love mystery and slightly chilling fiction - this is it. One of those books that I couldn't put down, but had me hiding underneath the covers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 5/10/2011

    " I'm working my way through the classics and found this book one of the best. It really plays with one's mind as we never know the truth of the events as they occur. James is a great writer; if only I could write as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 esterb | 5/8/2011

    " This clas­sic ghost story is a delight to read. With­out “spe­cial effects” and unbe­liev­able telling James has writ­ten an intrigu­ing hor­rific plot that sucks you in and doesn’t let go until the last sen­tence. And what a last sen­tence it is: total shock! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/2/2011

    " One of my favorite ghost stories (or are they really 'ghosts'?) The whole novella is filled with psychological ambiguity - are the angelic children really evil or is the caring governess insane? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 4/30/2011

    " This was so dumb. I'm glad I wasn't around during this time period because ghost stories were too boring and wordy. By the time it got to the climax I was totally over it. Just lame and confusing. I'm gonna go eat some cheesecake now and forget what this was about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 4/28/2011

    " James has a somewhat convoluted way with a sentence, but once I got with the rhythm, it was enjoyable. I've seen just about every big and little screen adaptation of the story, so it was about time I read the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steff | 4/28/2011

    " This novella is very good and very creepy, and it only gets more so the more times you read it. The creepiest part comes when you ask yourself whom you can trust... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimifoote | 4/26/2011

    " Strange book - sudden and suspensful ending. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 4/22/2011

    " I'm not sure I understand the ending... All of that for him just to die???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 4/18/2011

    " A very interesting read. The ending seemed rather sudden and unexpected. I enjoyed the blurring between reality and imagination--that it was never certain whether ghosts were really appearing or not. "

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Author Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916), American novelist, short-story writer, and man of letters, was born in Washington Place, New York, to a family of distinguished philosophers and theologians. He attended schools in New York, Boston, and throughout Europe, where he later settled. A major figure in the history of the novel, he is celebrated as a master craftsman who brought his great art and impeccable technique to bear in the development of abiding moral themes.