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by | Read by Simon Vance, Vanessa Benjamin

Classics • 5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1935

Simon Vance reads the brief frame story of James's novella; Vanessa Benjamin narrates the story itself, told by a governess who believes the evil ghosts of a former governess and servant stalk the young children in her charge. Both narrators are skilled and capable, and render James's complex prose as clearly as it would be on the page, if not more so. Benjamin conveys the classic question of the governess's reliability by making her voice pleasant and reasonable yet increasingly self-justifying and high-strung. However, her lower-class accent for the estate's housekeeper is too broad, and the accent she gives the children seems oddly coarse. But through her narration the eerie, claustrophobic effect of James's tale is heightened—just what a good audiobook should do. W.M. 2010 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2009]



Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2009

CS ISBN 9781433274077 $34.95 • Four cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433274084 $40.00 • Four CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781433274114 $19.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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