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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Widely recognized as one of literature’s most gripping ghost stories, this classic tale of moral degradation concerns the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. The story begins when a governess arrives at an English country estate to look after Miles, aged ten, and Flora, eight. At first everything appears normal, but then events gradually begin to weave a spell of psychological terror.

One night a ghost appears before the governess. It is the dead lover of Miss Jessel, the former governess. Later, the ghost of Miss Jessel herself appears before the governess and the little girl. Moreover, both the governess and the housekeeper suspect that the two spirits have appeared to the boy in private. The children, however, adamantly refuse to acknowledge the presence of the two spirits, in spite of indications that there is some sort of evil communication going on between the children and the ghosts.

Without resorting to clattering chains, demonic noises, and other melodramatic techniques, this elegantly told tale succeeds in creating an atmosphere of tingling suspense and unspoken horror matched by few other books in the genre. Known for his probing psychological novels dealing with the upper classes, James in this story tried his hand at the occult—and created a masterpiece of the supernatural that has frightened and delighted readers for nearly a century.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sinead Fitzgibbon | 2/16/2014

    " This is the first Henry James I have read, and I have to admit that I didn't take to this book in the least. The language is turgid, even by 19th century standards, and the sentences convoluted. The story itself was weak - interminably drawn out histrionics, only for the tale to end abruptly and unsatisfactorily. None of the characters were sympathetic, and I found the protagonist/narrator intensely annoying. Tedious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave | 2/12/2014

    " I found my mind kept wandering when I read this. At times I couldn't understand what was being said because there were so many extra words added into it for no apparent reason. I didn't find it especially scary. I did like it enough to try and read more Henry James thoughs. But if he is as wordy with all his other book, I probably won't get very far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Evan | 2/11/2014

    " First book on pedophilia I've read. Pretty good. Pretty erotic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Moses Kilolo | 2/8/2014

    " Of it's own accord, I wold have loved this book better had I not gone into it with so many expectations. There is a lot of hype about it, and since its named as one of the best ghost stories ever told, I was very upbeat about it, and was indeed captured in the beginning. But soon the aura and excellence of the story was lost in the text, as I found it particularly hard to dig through. "

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