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Japanese Ghost Stories

Penguin Classics
Written by: Lafcadio Hearn
Narrated by: Eleanor Matsuura
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins

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In this collection of classic ghost stories from Japan, beautiful princesses turn out to be frogs, paintings come alive, deadly spectral brides haunt the living and a samurai delivers the baby of a Shinto goddess with mystical help. Here are all the phantoms and ghouls of Japanese folklore: 'rokuro-kubi', whose heads separate from their bodies at night; 'jikininki', or flesh-eating goblins; and terrifying faceless 'mujina' who haunt lonely neighbourhoods. Lafcadio Hearn, a master storyteller, drew on traditional Japanese folklore, infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in Ireland, to create these chilling tales. They are today regarded in Japan as classics in their own right.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • 08-11-19

Good book, awful script

The scripting jarringly throws titles and footnotes into the middle of speech: there's more to an audiobook than just reading everything on the page. Ms. Matsuura's voice performance is decent, but edits are needed when adapting from the book to audio.