Thursday, October 15

Audiobook Review: The Ash Tree by MR James

M.R. James 
Narrator: David Suchet
Title: The Ash Tree
Genre: Short Story, Novella, Horror, Classic, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook
Published:  1904
Where I got It: My shelf (Audible)

Summary: The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer

Stumbled upon this on Audible and it fits what I as looking for. Something short but spooky. 

The story follows Sir Matthew Fell and his grandson Sir Richard. Years previous a woman was found guilty of being a witch and condemned to death because of the testimony given by Sir Matthew. Not long after, Sir Matthew dies in a mysterious and horrific circumstances. Fifty years later, Sir Richard inherits his grandfather's home and he starts realizing that the ash tree might be to root of his problems. 

Oh idiots the lot of them. Especially Richard. Even if you don't believe in supernatural stuff...why would you WANT to stay in the room that your grandfather died in. NOT just DIED...but died a terrible and horrific death. Super creepy. 

And that tree. *shudders* Creepy tree. Burn that thing down. 

This was short, but it worked. If it was longer I think it wouldn't have been so creepy.

My only issue was that the beginning took a little while to warm up. But it was all worth it by the end. 

The narrator did a good job and I loved the sound effects. Both added to creep factor. 

For sure worth the listen! I'll give this 4 stars. 

- #47 for Audiobook Challenge


Blodeuedd said...

Good in the end then :)

Carole Rae said...

Yes! A good ending to this tale!

Jen Twimom said...

Wait... was this originally out in 1904? Or is that a typo. I don't like scary but that cover is super cool. Glad it worked for you!

Carole Rae said...

Nope! The original text is from 1904. The audio is newer of course