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Turn of the Screw (version 2)

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Henry James' classic ghost story comprises the written testimony of a young governess, charged with looking after two small children at an isolated country estate, who believes they are being haunted. As the story progresses, the governess' increasingly frenetic narration provokes the question: is she insane, or are the ghosts real?

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THE TURN OF THE SCREW

by Henry James

[The text is take from the first American appearance of this book.]

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child. The case, I may mention, was that of an apparition in just such an old house as had gathered us for the occasion an appearance, of a dreadful kind, to a little boy sleeping in the room with his mother and waking her up in the terror of it; waking her not to dissipate his dread and soothe him to sleep again, but to encounter also, herself, before she had succeeded in doing so, the same sight that had shaken him. It was this observation that drew from Douglas not immediately, but later in the evening a reply that had the interesting consequence to which I call attention... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 7 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 20, 2016
Could not stomach the narrator. What was she thinking? Choppy, disjointed reading. Very difficult to listen to. Just read the story in a normal tone of voice!!!
Reviewer: - April 13, 2016
So glad the narrator did not talk the way she introduces and ends each chapter! She is a very good reader and it was a very strange book, but very captivating.
Reviewer: - October 13, 2015
Creepy and sick. Henry James should have been on his brother's psychiatric couch.
May 12, 2015
Reader was excellent! A pleasure to listen to throughout.
Reviewer: - February 11, 2015
reader was good. Really believable and added a chilling effect to an already creepy and dreamy storyline. She could almost be the main character
February 15, 2013
Excellent story, Excellent narrator.
February 15, 2013
Excellent story, Excellent narrator.


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