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Charles Dickens - The Signalman and Other Ghostly Tales

June 7, 2010 | Format: MP3

$6.99
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The stories in this collection are perfect, in terms of writing, reading, and production. Many mp3 audiobooks leave a lot to be desired-- always listen to the samples Amazon offers before buying!
You'll find Dickens works that are hacked into abridged stumps, or worse still,
read by awkward, lifeless computer-generated voices.

Not so here!
Mr Sessions does a superb job, acting the parts as much as reading them--
and just the right amount of music (composed for the album, no less)
and sound effects are added to immerse the listener.
This is a beautifully produced album.

As for the stories themselves, they are varied, but include a few of Dickens' best ghost tales.

"The Goblins who Stole a Sexton" is, in a way, a harsher, shorter, less polished version of a Christmas Carol. Mainly notable for the good dose of Dickens' particular humor it contains.

"The Lawyer and the Ghost" is brief but delightful.
"Confession Found..", unusually stark fare for Dickens, was an inspiration to Poe. Can you guess which of his short stories it inspired?

"The Signalman" is one of Dickens' bleakest and most powerful short stories, chilling, moving, and in its description of the signalman's workday, as much a social indictment as anything he ever wrote. It was probably inspired in part by Dickens' own involvement in an 1861 rail accident.

The real gem of this album, though, is "To Be Read at Dusk",
in which a group of highly skeptical couriers sit watching the sun set in the Alps, smoking cigars and telling ghost stories that contain no ghosts...
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