• M.R. James: The Complete Ghost Stories Collection

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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M.R. James: The Complete Ghost Stories Collection

By: M. R. James
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, the complete works of M. R. James are available to download in one collection.

This unabridged collection of all M.R. James' ghost stories includes tales from Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, More Ghost Stories, A Thin Ghost and Others, and A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories. It is expertly read by award-winning narrator Jonathan Keeble.

The collection includes: 

Track 2: 'Canon Alberics Scrap-Book'

Track 3: 'Lost Hearts'

Track 4: 'The Mezzotint'

Track 5: 'The Ash-Tree'

Track 6: 'Number 13'

Track 7: 'Count Magnus'

Track 8: 'Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'

Track 9: 'The Treasure of Abbot Thomas'

Track 10: 'A School Story'

Track 11: 'The Rose Garden'

Track 12: 'The Tractate Middoth'

Track 13: 'Casting the Runes'

Track 14: 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral'

Track 15: 'Martin's Close'

Track 16: 'Mr Humphrys and His Inheritance'

Track 17: 'The Residence at Whitminister'

Track 18: 'The Diary of Mr Poynter'

Track 19: 'An Episode of Cathedral History'

Track 20: 'The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance'

Track 21: 'Two Doctors'

Track 22: 'An Evening's Entertainment'

Track 23: 'A Warning to the Curious'

Track 24: 'A View from a Hill'

Track 25: 'A Neighbour's Landmark'

Track 26: 'The Uncommon Prayer-Book'

Track 27: 'The Haunted Dolls' House'

Track 28: 'Wailing Well'

Track 29: 'There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard'

Track 30: 'Rats'

Track 31: 'After Dark in the Playing Fields'

Track 32: 'The Experiment'

Track 33: 'The Malice of Inanimate Objects'

Track 34: 'A Vignette'

Track 35: 'The Fenstanton Witch'

Track 36: 'Appendix'

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The Master

If you enjoy a creepy story unhampered by gore, you can’t do better than M. R. James. This collection of his works is given a stellar treatment by the reader, who has the perfect voice to bring these tales to life. I highly recommend this recording.

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M.R. James is an Absolute Master Storyteller

I loved this collection. As the winter nights draw in, this has been the perfect audiobook to listen to. It contains all of M.R. James' stories and he is an outstanding writer. Chilling and scary, and, sometimes, beautiful, I would recommend this to all.

The collection is expertly read by Jonathan Keeble. He is an outstanding narrator and couldn't be a better fit for James' work.

Unlike many, the collection is also fully indexed so you can clearly see which story is which.

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A Very Pleasant Find

I had heard of the name of M R James but was thrilled to find all of his ghost stories in one book. The stories were very well done and the appendix about ghost stories in general and writing ghost stories is well worth this volume as well as the stories themselves.

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No greater author of the classic ghost story

it's not fluff or coziness that gives M.R.James his reputation for greatness. Rather, it is his skill and imagination. The first stories are doubtless his best, but even fingernail clippings like 'the haunted dollhouse' can chill the blood.

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Best complete reading of M.R James stories

This is an incredible performance.
Only Sir Michael Horden's reading could equal them.
Truly Outstanding!!

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The best Audio book yet!!

So well narrated!
The narrator brought all characters to life and it really helped illustrate those stories. Perfect tone and pace. I also love these stories and the writers thoughts that he shared at the end of the book. Good tips for writing your own stories.

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Narrator keeps screaming

I know he is trying to add drama but less is more. In the end I could not continue listening.

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The narrator makes it tough to get through.

It's tough to judge the value of the stories due to the narrator. Maybe it's just me, but I found the performance to be very distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

Incredible Collection of M.R. James at His Finest

I loved this collection. As the winter nights draw in, this has been the perfect audiobook to listen to. It contains all of M.R. James' stories and he is an outstanding writer. Chilling and scary, and, sometimes, beautiful, I would recommend this to all.

The collection is expertly read by Jonathan Keeble. He is an outstanding narrator and couldn't be a better fit for James' work.

Unlike many, the collection is also fully indexed so you can clearly see which story is which.

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  • desdavis
  • 12-28-21

excellent reading.

excellent collection of MRJ's works, brilliantly narrated by Jonathan Keeble, a welcome addition to any library.

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  • BClose
  • 04-10-22

Superb

All of MR James’s stories, an absolute joy from start to finish.An interesting Appendix too with MR James’s opinions on the ghost story and his favourite writers and stories in the genre.Wonderful narration,the different voices of the characters done amazing well.

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  • Ms. E. Morgan
  • 04-08-22

Superb! Great stories and excellent reader

Superb! Great stories and excellent reader.

I’ve loved M R James’ ghost stories for a long time . However this recording is the best rendition of then I have heard.

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  • Gazza
  • 03-24-22

Absolutely Wonderful

I don’t think there could be better readings of MR James’s Ghost Stories than this recording by Jonathan Keeble. James himself, if he were still alive, would be proud of these. Absolutely wonderful.

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  • Mark
  • 02-13-22

Fantastic!

a treasure of a collection, excellently read. stayed till the end and heard the authors musings a pleasant surprise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-22

Classic ghost stories

A wonderful collection of the great M.R. James’s ghost stories. Read perfectly by Johnathon Keeble who I already love from his work on Warhammer. I would highly recommend to everyone!

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  • B.W.
  • 10-15-22

Complete collection

So there are some weaker tales (and MR James does admit to some repetition in themes). The narrator does a good job though I docked a star for a really incongruous London accent in one story which was set nowhere near London and, as a result, I got badly distracted.

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  • Claire
  • 10-11-22

No breaks or titles between stories

Well read, but read as a continuous book rather than many stories, making listening confusing.

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  • Chris_Signore
  • 11-27-22

The Perfect Ghost Story Collection!

Having discovered the works of M.R. James in recent years, it was a pleasure to have found and listened to this ultimate collection of his ghost stories, all of which were beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble. His performance and tone were a perfect fit, and the stories themselves kept me hooked from beginning to end. Very chilling, but not too overly-gory nor dragged out.

Perhaps my favourite part was the 'Appendix', where the author shared his thoughts on other ghost stories at the time of writing, what inspired him to create his own, and offering writing tips to other potential writers. In fact, new writers today could certainly learn a thing or two from the "master" himself.