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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Emma Fielding with Dermot Kerrigan Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Perhaps the most brilliantly successful ghost story ever written, The Turn of the Screw creates a terrifyingly believable impression of innocent children so corrupted by evil that they remain deceptive pictures of innocent beauty. Their governess must struggle alone to confront and exorcise the demons which she believes possess their souls. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/17/2014

    " great audio book version with that woman with the amazing voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Kleinpeter | 2/9/2014

    " High Modernist Horror Story. Shrill ambiguity. Obfuscation as tone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 11/21/2013

    " Another book makes me feel like an idiot ... I recently saw a two-actor play based on the book and was creeped out beyond words, so I couldn't wait to read the book. Honestly, had I not seen the play, I would have no gorram clue what was going on in this book. First, it wasn't creepy at all (except maybe Jessel on the stair). Second, the governess just leapt to wild conclusions, supporting the theory that she's crazy, but there was little else to suggest it was all imagined. There was no resolution to anything - the book starts out with a lengthy (9-page) description of the man getting the manuscript and putting off telling the story, and yet James never returns to that. We never go back to the uncle, or any explanation of why he doesn't want to hear about the children. We never find out why Miles was expelled, or what Jessel and Quint did to the children. Maybe if I lived in the 1890's, I would understand the extremely vague references. I just felt so dissatisfied by this novel. It seemed like a first draft. There are all these theories about what the book is about, probably because it's so confusing. What if James didn't make it such a mystery on purpose? Maybe he just did a bad job. I loved the writing, I loved the voice of the governess. In that sense, it was well-written and enjoyable, but as a story, it just seemed so incomplete to me. It was reminiscent of The Woman in White, which also was supposedly this huge, classic mystery, but just fell flat. At least Turn of the Screw was a good length and didn't have 300 filler pages like WIW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 11/11/2013

    " Short ghost story. Pretty entertaining. Not what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 8/12/2013

    " THE ONLY THING HE WROTE THAT I TRULY ENJOYED...SHIVERED &SHIVERED. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 7/12/2013

    " It wasn't scary. It was too vague for it to be scary. It left more questions and at times confused me. That doesn't equal scary for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Gillespie | 7/11/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poly Styrene | 7/10/2013

    " Creepy story about a governess and her pupils in what may or may not be a haunted house. Henry James keeps the reader wondering whether the governess is crazy or being tormented. Worth reading if you're a horror fan or just appreciate a well written short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Meyer | 7/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia Elizabeth | 4/5/2013

    " I had to read this for school. It's the perfect book to apply all these literary theories too, but it left me really confused. It could be that I sped read it to finish it in less than a week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 4/5/2013

    " This book scared the crap out of me at times. I avoided reading it late at night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Snufkin | 2/28/2013

    " This is a haunting, brilliantly written tale! Kept half in suspense throughout, our minds fill in the blanks in this ghost story. Do go see Britten's opera! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/15/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 1/18/2013

    " Creepy and a little baffling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toya | 1/17/2013

    " Great classic mystery. Suitable for high school students. Throughout the book the author makes the reader wonder what is really going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ovidiu | 4/15/2012

    " nothing less than five stars. amazing piece of literature though my approach would be connected to the idea of heroism and the failure of the governess to be a true hero and save the children. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William Dunbar | 4/4/2012

    " This was one of those books that I thought I was supposed to like because it's famous. I didn't. Henry James can even make a novella too long and slow and wordy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Davis | 7/2/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant. Because of this book I'm going to start a classics journey...something that used to seem impossible. "

  • 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.