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The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story Audio CD – Sep 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (September 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441779752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441779755
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 15.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,901,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Format: Paperback
I didn't enjoy this book, but the ending itself deserved a star added on. Perhaps I'm used to the way horror is done nowadays, but even then I can't really stand it when a character spends a lot time telling me how much something affected them and how horrible it was.

The story itself wasn't particularly scary or even creepy and I didn't like the beginning - it felt out of place - but at the end when everything came together, even if the dilemma wasn't solved, I at least felt like I didn't waste my time on the book.

I would've preferred it had it been longer and delved into everything deeper, but from my familiarity with classic books I know that it just isn't done that way. It would've been good had there been better foreshadowing throughout - and if the beginning of the story didn't tell us that everything was going to end up mostly okay for the protagonist.

I didn't like how names were thrown about - it should've been Esme as someone's something instead of just saying the name without context as the author did. I got confused and wondered who some of these characters were in relation to the protagonist, and I got minor characters confused quickly.

The horror aspect wasn't pleasing either, and not in a good horror way. Even if we don't compare it to horror now, and just appreciate it as Gothic, the only part that fit well was the ending - everything else fell flat. More rumours about the house and its inhabitants would've been better, instead of complete silence, and it didn't make sense that the townsfolk would even let Arthur in the house considering the outcome they all knew too well.
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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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Format: Paperback
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 refreshing to see something that was scary in it's subtleties. Because I enjoyed the film so much, I purchased the book. I would say that both media forms improved upon the other, or perhaps what I could say is... where the book lacked, the movie made up, and reading the book after the movie allowed me to appreciate the better parts of the original written form.

It's a great book... period appropriate language paints a haunting picture in the mind's eye. It really is a good old fashioned spooky tale... I definitely kept my eyes peeled for the woman in black as I went to bed each night ;)
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Format: Kindle Edition
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 towards the home of the now deceased owner of Eel Marsh House, a rambling and deliciously atmospheric house in which, alone, he must rifle through papers to settle the estate of the deceased.

His initial experiences suggest of a troubled presence and unquiet souls, the atmosphere brilliantly conjured and as the tension mounts as to what malevolent spirit might harm him for his investigations, so also the sense of jeopardy as engulfing as the swelling mists mounts still more when he has to return to the house.

As the isolated dwelling is on a strip of land surrounded by the sea for much of the day and only accessible at lowest tide, the reader wonders whether, on his return, Kripps may not be so lucky to get back to 'civilisation' at all, before something unspeakable befalls him for probing into matters which other souls may have felt better left untouched.

Gore free, yet in the subtlety of its suggestion, I have to confess that I found it a trifle difficult to avoid the temptation to chew off something as unsavoury as fingernail - perhaps the trifle would have been preferable, particularly with Christmas had been looming?
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