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Tales of Men and Ghosts
By Edith Wharton  

Narrated by John Burlinson, Sara Sheckells, Leanne Yau and Aisling Whitfield Gray 

 This collection of 10 classic tales is very representative of Wharton's approach to story-telling - in the narrative, the venue becomes a character almost as much as do the people. Situations are presented in an elegantly understated way, and the overall effect is disturbing rather than blatantly horrific.  

The Bolted Door
His Father's Son
The Daunt Diana
The Debt Full Circle
The Legend
The Eyes
The Blond Beast
Afterward
The Letters

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  • Sarah Kurasz
  • 13-09-19

A look at human nature.

Confession: I've never listened to or read any other books by Edith Wharton. I do have an established and long term love for O Henry and Saki though, and this short story collection reminded me of what I love best about those two authors. Though the title mentions ghosts, it isn't the usual sort of ethreal specters that walk through walls and haunt people. Instead, it's people's own selves and their own troubled relationships with desire and happiness.

There are multiple narrators, each taking turns narrating the different stories. Some were better than others. Overall, they all gave decent performances and I enjoyed this collection quite a lot.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-19

Offbeat

I love Edith Wharton but had never read these stories before. Out of the company of narrators the best by far is Aisling Gray. Her voice was excellent.

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  • Simone
  • 04-01-20

Spooky Collection

I wouldn't say that these stories are particularly scary (or disturbing, as the description says) but they were fun to listen to nonetheless. All 10 stories were expertly narrated. As is usually true with collections, some of the stories worked better for me than others but none stand out as being the weakest of the bunch. If you're into short form horror that is spooky more than scary, this collection is for you!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • lisamcintire
  • 13-08-19

A good listen

This is my first book by Edith Wharton. I listened to the preview and read the synopsis but was still not sure what to expect. This book was not what I expected but I also was not disappointed. I will not give out spoilers but the stories were haunted, but not in the ways you would traditionally expect. These stories were refreshing and entertaining and I believe most listeners will enjoy them as well.
The different narrators did a great job and I thought they were matched up very well. If you spend the credit, you won't be disappointed

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 07-04-20

Tales of Men and Ghosts

This is a collection of stories from Edith Wharton. This collection was originally printed in 1910. If you enjoy the writing style of that time you will like her stories. I found that these tales did not grab my interest and the open-ended style of the stories is not for me. They have interesting ideas to them, but they did not have a spark that ignited for me. There are multiple narrators for this collection, and I found some of the sound quality to be lacking.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Shannon G
  • 08-08-19

Meh

I have to say that this collection of short stories came across as boring to me. I had to replay parts of the stories due to zoning out. I'm an eclectic listener and look for collections like this one to hear new works by authors I haven't experienced before but this author just really didn't grab my attention. The tales are of various beings being haunted in one way or another which intrigued me but, from beginning to end, they fell flat for me. The narrations were done excellently. Each one narrated their story with skill and they were the only reason I listened to the entire book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • latasha
  • 23-07-19

Well Edith, go sit with Nathaniel Hawthorne.

I love Edith Wharton so when i saw this book was being offered in exchange for reviews, i sent my request in and crossed my fingers. Well...turns out i like Edith's short ghost stories and not the longer ones so much. just like how i like Nathaniel Hawthorne. These stories aren't your typical ghost stories, some of the characters are haunted but not always by actual ghost. The narrators did such a great job reading. All of them get 5 stars!

Thank you John for this book, this is my honest review.

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  • Jennifer Mulder
  • 06-08-19

Not a big fan, but they were ok stories

I can't say I really enjoyed these, but they were not too bad either. I was looking for more spooky or creepy I guess and I fell far flat on that. I did like the one with the man and his son talking, it had a nice little twist to it that I enjoyed. If you like shorter stories that don't fan out too much, but do have details that are typically left out of shorter stories, then this is for you.

This book was given to me for an unbiased review