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The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story [Audio CD]

Susan Hill , Ralph Cosham
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Sept. 1 2011
Arthur Kipps did not believe in ghosts.
     Few attend Mrs. Alice Drablow's funeral, and not one blood relative amongst them. There are undertakers with shovels, of course, a local official who would rather be anywhere else, and one Mr. Arthur Kipps, solicitor from London. He is to spend the night in Eel Marsh House, the place where the old recluse died amidst a sinking swamp, a blinding fog and a baleful mystery about which the townsfolk refuse to speak. 
     Young Mr. Kipps expects a boring evening alone sorting out paperwork and searching for Mrs. Drablow's will. But when the high tide pens him in, what he finds -- or rather what finds him -- is something else entirely. 
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‘A rattling good yearn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine’ -- Guardian

‘She writes with great power… Authentically chilling’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘An excellent ghost story… magnificently eerie… compulsive reading’ -- Evening Standard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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‘A rattling good yearn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine’ -- Guardian

‘She writes with great power… Authentically chilling’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘An excellent ghost story… magnificently eerie… compulsive reading’ -- Evening Standard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Tale of a Lonely House Aug. 17 2007
Format:Paperback
My first experience of The Woman in Black was at the age of 12. It was Christmas Eve, and there was an adaptation of the story on the television that night. My family wanted to watch Legal Eagles on another channel, but I was firm in my resolve - I had to see The Woman in Black. Eventually, I won the argument and we all settled down to watch the chilling tale on a cold Christmas Eve night. I have to admit at 12 years - old, this was a mistake; I was terrified. I had never seen anything quite as frightening before or since.

The Woman in Black is now enjoying a revival as a stage play being performed on the West End. With this knowledge, I recently decided to face my childhood fear and read the book...I was not disappointed.

The book begins on Christmas Eve (as all good ghost stories should!), when a family is gathered around the fire telling each other ghastly tales of spectres and spirits. The patriarch of the family, Arthur Kipps, has remained tight lipped as he listens to the frivolous and gratuitous fables that are pouring out of his family's mouths. When finally pressed to see if he has a story to tell, he reacts angrily, not wanting to tell the tale that has haunted his dreams for decades - for his tale is far more disturbing, far more terrifying and, most shockingly, his story is completely true.

The premise is far from original: Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in a London law firm, is asked to attend the funeral of Mrs Drablow. While Kipps attends the funeral at the little, seaside town of Crythin Griffin, he has been asked to go through any papers that Mrs. Drablow has left behind in attempt to find a benefactor, as she has no living children. Kipps travels to the town, grateful for the opportunity, and not knowing what he will find there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Atmosphere Sept. 26 2003
Format:Paperback
The most similar book I can compare this to is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Like that book, The Woman in Black starts peacefully and builds up to a frightening crescendo that will "haunt" you long after you put the book down. Another similarity in the books is the tremendous sense of atmosphere. Eel Marsh House, where the haunting takes place, is set off by itself in flat, bleak, marshy wetlands and is connected to drier land by a single causeway, which becomes completely covered by water when the tide is high. When the protagonist, the young and foolishly stubborn lawyer Arthur K., sets off to spend a few days sorting out old documents by himself in the isolated mansion, you just want to scream, "Are you crazy? Don't stay there overnight, you idiot!" I particularly liked the way the spectral happenings were presented. There is no blood, no gore, just a brooding sense of evil and mystery. I also enjoyed the relationships Arthur establishes with the kindly Samuel Daily, a local landowner, and the little dog Spider that Samuel lends to him to keep him company in his ill-advised sojourn to the haunted house. All in all, a wonderfully-written ghost story that would appeal to those who find Stephen King's more lurid and less subtle books a bit distasteful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, odd writing style... July 27 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up this book after coming across the movie. Normally people would say that the movie does not do the novel justice or is not portrayed as well as one imagined it should be. In this case, I would say that they did an excellent job of filtering through the language. The Woman in Black is a good story with a twist that I certainly never expected, especially after seeing the movie. However the language is complex and the grammar is rather strained with text that is run-on sentences filling every page. It took me a while to get used to the writing style and personally an entire paragraph with two sentences filled with multiple 'and' and commas can get confusing. Still its a great story, just be prepared to give your reading a double-take.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrifying June 17 2002
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Format:Paperback
I first saw this as a Broadway play, and it has been to this date the only theatre piece that gave me nightmares. I could not wait to read the novel, and just as the play was, it scared me senseless.
The novel plays heavily on atmosphere and mood. Susan Hill brings the black moors surrounding the Eel Marsh Hosue to life with vivid imagery. It's a "beautiful" setting for the frightening ghost that lives there. The characters are incredibly realistic and interesting to follow. You feel for Arthur Kipps in his trials and tribulations dealing with the Woman in Black in Eeel Marsh House. All in all, a wonderful ghost story that seems as if it should've been written by Jane Austen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and spooky July 15 2003
Format:Paperback
This is a great ghost story. I was introduced to it after seeing the stage-play at my local theatre. The play had the audience screaming and I just had to see how well they had translated the book.
The play is pretty faithful to the book and I urge you to see it if its ever around your area. As for the book it is well written and very chilling. I was gripped from the start, even though I knew what was happening. The story unfolds nicely and builds the mystery and horror up to a crescendo that almost leaves you gasping and then when you think its all over... well I won't spoil it - go and read it for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary
It was my first novel suspence. Its a little scary. I read this book in the day not a night. Everything in the book to be scared,: lonely place, far, without communication and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Isabelle Doucet
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts, good and gothic,
Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black" gripped me from the beginning as I could empathise with the young solicitor, Arthur Kripps, who has to travel out to a misty and murky island... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Raymond Nickford
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good ghost story that should be read in bright daylight.
First Sentence: It was nine-thirty on Christmas Eve.

It’s a simple-enough assignment. Solicitor Arthur Kipps is sent to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by L. J. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Woman in Black
After seeing the adapted movie I was curious to read Shirley Hills book. Enjoyed it immensely, her prose and style were a fast read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
After the movie released the trailer sparked my interest in the book that started it all. I thought the book would be scary and dark, but what I got was a book that rambled and... Read more
Published on June 11 2012 by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned spooky tale
I watched the movie with Daniel Radcliffe first, and was taken by the intelligence of the suspense. In a day and age of Saw movies which are not much more than "gore porn", it was... Read more
Published on March 6 2012 by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Woman in Black
I bought the book for $1.00 plus shipping which is still less expensive then in a store. It arrived rather quickly and was in near perfect condition. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and interesting story.
This novel keeps you guessing. Mysterious and just a little bit scarey. It's very short which is ideal for this type of story.
Published on Jan. 15 2010 by Will Shakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull
Honestly when I saw the play in London I fell asleep then I woke up at intermission. I tried to go back to sleep but there was so much action it had me on the edge of my seat. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally skillful
This short novel is a skillful modern imitation of an early 20th century English ghost story. The setting and language are convincing; the atmosphere of the isolated mansion is... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by M. A Michaud
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