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Five haunting tales from Benedict Ashforth, the best-selling author of Abbot's Keep.

©2014 Patrick O'Neill (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Where’s this author been?? I need more Benedict Ashforth ASAP

I’ve recently downloaded Audible because I love listening to audiobooks. There’s a collection of Audible Originals and other “free” audiobooks that come with the membership, which I appreciate, but it’s slim pickings. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and find some hidden gems.....Benedict Ashforth is one of them.
This is the second book I’ve read (listened to) by this author. The first was Abbot’s Keep: a short ghost story, which was creepy AF! And then, this awesome collection of short stories. Both were dark and eerie and very enjoyable.

The narrators for both books did a PHENOMENAL job! They exceptionally portrayed the frightened characters, so much so, they had me shaken up.

Especially, while sitting outside in the cold, dark night while a man pulls up in his car, sits there for a minute before saying (in a low, monotone voice):
~ “Hiiiii....(drawn out)...I’m David. Yeah...I live just down the road. *long pause* Yeah...I see you out here a lot and I’ve been wanting to say hi...*LONG PAUSE*”
~ ME: “Oh, okay. Hi! I hope you....” The guy abruptly drives away....I couldn’t even complete my sentence.

It was FU€KiNG WEIRD!!!

After listening to this haunting book and then experiencing the creepy introduction of a neighbor on a cold dark night......I was completely SHOOK UP and frightened! And in my mind, I’m thinking....I want to read more by this author! 😅

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chilling!

at one point, i had to stop listening for awhile cause i was creepin myself out! i couldn't finish til the next day. good stuff!

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Very nice

Good stories, competent readers: A nice selection of stories with differing modes in the ghost/horror range. The one about fois grass eg, though one can guess the outcome fairly easily, is nicely written and read.

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5 Superbly Narrated Creepy Tales

I have now read all of the books by this author that I could find. It is a shame that there are so few. Mr. Ashford has a gift for gothic ghost stories, his prose is incredible and he is able to build tension and atmosphere in a way many authors cannot. He understands that the suggestion can be more effective than gore. This book contains 5 amazing creepy tales. I highly recommend you grab the audio book version, read by a set of highly talented narrators that bring these tales alive. Simply superb. If this is your first, be sure to get his other works, equally thrilling.

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Great spooky stories!!!

I was not expecting much from this, as I was unfamiliar with the author, and had only happened to come across this title in my list of Audible recommendations. But I’m so glad I decided to give Ashforth a try! The stories are deliciously spooky... I admit I felt a tingle along my spine more than once while listening to these five fantastic narrators... and I was not disappointed in the slightest. In fact, I plan to seek out more of Benedict Ashforth’s work and I won’t feel sorry at all paying good money for it. If you enjoy spooky stories, give this author a try!!! :-D

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Good stories, great performances

Jilly Bond's performance was amazing. The stories were good. They're similar in creepiness to M. R. James's stories. I look forward to more of Ashforth's work.

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A delightful collection of eerie tales

The tales are suspenseful and unsettling (in a good way). And being short, they are fast-paced. The narration for each one is excellent.

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All good

This is good and nice. I'm really happy with it.. The voice actors are great. My favorite was the first story.

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Great “Hitchcockian” style tales!

I grew up in a family that loved tales of horror and suspense. In my opinion, the very best horror stories are not filled with revolting descriptions of blood and gore. The best are those that make you feel uncomfortable and a little worried as to the possibility that the story was actually TRUE. I loved these stories because that’s exactly the way I felt! (My mother would’ve read these to me before bed each night...if the had been available to her)😀😳

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As the saying goes.. “ Not my cup of tea”

I tried, I really did but the narrator was so annoying and so dramatic that I quit after 15 minutes. The story? Not any better. Theatrical to the point of sounding ridiculous. Since it’s free , give it a try. Maybe you’ll feel different about it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-23-21

M R

Really enjoyed these stories. Very M.R James. Great narrator's too. Good stuff. Well worth a listen. thank you.

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  • Hipsterchic
  • 09-23-21

Wonderfully creepy

Atmospheric build up and aged story telling that takes you back to the past. Very clever writing - fantastic narration too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

book review

loved it the stories kept me there. the stories were interesting , creepy, the book reader was excellent all of them .

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  • Just a reader
  • 12-19-21

Great short stories

I've listened to a few books by Ashfort now and I have to say he's become one of my favorite short horror stories writers. He has skill, the stories are sufficiently creepy and are all short enough to be easily digestible. With that they are a perfect listen for when you're in the mood for something spooky, but do not want to spend days on end listening to bleak terror.

It's hard to review books like these (mystery/ghost/horror) without spoiling the whole thing. But in general almost all of the stories of this writer are set in modern times, yet have the same feel as for instance MR James stories, or older gothic literature in general. Children often play a large part. They also often draw back on events in the past (sometimes hundreds of years earlier).

All in all I heartily recommend a listen, especially now that they are on plus. The narration is good too.

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  • A Prince Tavira
  • 11-30-21

Surprisingly good as hard to please me!

I enjoyed these almost dark hypnotic tales. They had a classic style that felt contemporary unlike so many modern chilled tales. I will look out for more from the author...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-21

great audio

A surprisingly good selection of stories which was elevated by a great variety of narrators.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-17-21

Unsettling and creepy

These stories are creepy rather than outright scary, relying on building atmosphere and unnerving situations rather than outright gore, which is just up my street. The Westhoff Version is one that will stay with me for quite a while! The performances were as varied as the stories, and was great to listen to while working. I'm off to check out some more of Benedict Ashforth's work.

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  • Mr B Foy
  • 02-18-22

Great

Some really spooky stories would be great for a nightshift. Would listen to this again and again

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  • Razmaries
  • 11-16-21

A great evening ….

The best part of this superb collection is you never get bored of any one story before you’re on to the next.
Beautifully crafted snapshots of grim,dark, unpleasantry performed well by suited narrators.
Highly enjoyable.