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Charles Dickens - The Signalman and Other Ghostly Tales

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I wish they did these when I was a student!

The performance of these short stories are wonderful. I always struggled with Dickens as a student - never saw the magic. The soundscape created goes far beyond a flat reading - highly recommended.

Scary and Sublime

I hated Dickens at school.

Couldn't, and still can't, abide adaptations on TV and cinema.

But I was swayed by the reputation of the work that Barnaby Edwards has done for Big Finish Productions and his wonderful adaptation of "The Phantom Of The Opera" (the ONLY adaptation that actually follows the fantastic book and actually bothers to include the music upon which the book was structured) and the obvious reputation of the reader John Sessions.

John Sessions, along with Director and Producer Barnaby Edwards, have produced an amazing collection that is presented in a way that appeals as Dickens intended - to the common man.

These spooky and ghostly tales are read unabridged but you would never know it as such is the natural flow of the reading (compared with some other 'over worthy' productions can be) and effortless character changes from Sessions. The reader, music, and sound effects bring you into the world of the night. Where ghosts return as dusk falls and the goblins gather in the graveyard to set your soul at rights.

Sessions is amazing. Never going too fast or slow, and seamlessly changing voices between the characters and the narrator. His 'Ken Campbell' Goblins and 'Gielgud' Ghost are things of joy.

But the highlight really must go to "A Confession...." - such a 'matter of fact' reading belies a tale that makes you wonder if there really was something utterly twisted in Dickens to create such a stark insight into the mind of a killer.

As mentioned, there's music and sound effects and they are both worthy of special note.

The original music of Howard Carter fits perfectly with the timbre of the stories. Leading you gently into each, and gently out, but never dominating the main story serving purely to underpin the tales. And the same follows for the sound effects. Between them Edwards and Carter have produced a rich soundscape that moves effortlessly around and between the narrative and only ever serves to aid the atmosphere as Sessions reads the words that pull you into those dusky, ghostly, Goblin filled worlds.

Macabre Sessions of Literature

John Sessions reads Dickens in to a microphone. Sounds boring huh? Not a bit of it! An excellent collection of some unfamiliar short stories of the macabre by the great Charles Dickens, wonderfully brought to life by John Sessions and the atmospheric background music. Buy this collection and listen to it late at night, you won't regret it!

Charles Dickens - The Signalman and Other Ghostly Tales, John Sessions
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