The Book of Ghosts

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(4.4 stars; 96 reviews)

Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was an English hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. During his life, he published more than 100 books, among them this collection of ghost stories. (Summary by Wikipedia) (12 hr 24 min)


01 - Jean Bouchon 24:24 Read by Tim Quinn
02 - Pomps and Vanities, part 1 27:21 Read by KirksVoice
03 - Pomps and Vanities, part 2 29:42 Read by KirksVoice
04 - McAlister 26:59 Read by Vince Dee
05 - The Leaden Ring, part 1 18:27 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
06 - The Leaden Ring, part 2 18:22 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
07 - The Mother of Pansies, part 1 17:07 Read by The Gypsy
08 - The Mother of Pansies, part 2 17:16 Read by The Gypsy
09 - The Red-Haired Girl 31:10 Read by Bev J Stevens
10 - A Professional Secret, part 1 22:45 Read by KirksVoice
11 - A Professional Secret, part 2 24:59 Read by KirksVoice
12 - A Professional Secret, part 3 24:30 Read by KirksVoice
13 - H. P., part 1 18:18 Read by Mike Pelton
14 - H. P., part 2 19:18 Read by Mike Pelton
15 - Glámr 13:09 Read by KirksVoice
16 - Colonel Halifax's Ghost Story 25:33 Read by Philip Martin
17 - The Merewigs, part 1 26:11 Read by KirksVoice
18 - The Merewigs. part 2 25:05 Read by KirksVoice
19 - The "Bold Venture" 21:48 Read by KirksVoice
20 - Mustapha, part 1 19:48 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
21 - Mustapha, part 2 22:23 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
22 - Little Joe Gander, part 1 29:49 Read by Robin Skelcey
23 - Little Joe Gander, part 2 29:57 Read by Robin Skelcey
24 - A Dead Finger, part 1 20:20 Read by KirksVoice
25 - A Dead Finger, part 2 21:25 Read by KirksVoice
26 - Black Ram, part 1 17:34 Read by Rick Rodney
27 - Black Ram, part 2 15:58 Read by Rick Rodney
28 - A Happy Release 23:27 Read by KirksVoice
29 - The 9.30 Up-Train 26:26 Read by KirksVoice
30 - On the Leads 20:37 Read by KirksVoice
31 - Aunt Joanna 27:52 Read by Jenna Lanman
32 - The White Flag, part 1 15:49 Read by SallyMc
33 - The White Flag, part 2 21:00 Read by SallyMc


Collection of 'true' ghost stories!

(5 stars)

these seem to be non fiction ghost stories: the best kind. thanks! well done readers! thank you!

(5 stars)

most enjoyable to listen got really into it very good narrating thank you readers.

Well done

(4.5 stars)

Amazing collection for a cleric of the day

Thanks for the readings. interesting stories. good readings for

(3.5 stars)

A lot of good stories, some bad readers

(3 stars)

I found nearly all of the stories to be quite good, and some, perhaps most, of the readers are good. A few of the readers are even outstanding, but a few are not so good, and a couple are terrible. With one guy, I thought at first that it might be computer-generated speech--and, unfortunately, that guy reads many, many stories, in this book and others. He consistently says the wrong word--e.g., "intimate" is always, without fail, read as "intimidate". But worst of all, his rhythm is monotonous, and his emphasis is nearly always on the wrong word. About halfway through the book, I had to start skipping every story read by him, which, sadly, comprises many of them. His reading really is that unbearable. On the other hand, several readers, most of them from the UK or another Commonwealth nation judging by the accents, are excellent. They are are as good as professional actors or story-tellers, or nearly so. In summary, I highly recommend the story collection, but wish a lot of them were read by someone else.

some interesting stories, some deeply racist

(3 stars)

yeah this guy was a mixed bag. he really treated black and brown people with a lot of contempt, it was disgusting, n-word used at least once. that being said there were some truely worthwhile pieces like little joe gander that was heartwrenching and displayed a surprising amount of empathy for the differently abled. this is just an fyi for those that want to avoid racist literature, definitely a hard pass on that front

it was ok

(3.5 stars)

Thanks to the storyteller's all good readers. Some very good stories some not so good and some poor.


(3.5 stars)

love this book and most of narration the leaden ring the reader sounded like she was deaf.