The Five Jars

Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.6 stars; 151 reviews)

The Five Jars is the only novel written by James, who is best known for his ghost stories. It is a peculiarly surreal fantasy apparently written for children. While he is out walking, the narrator is drawn to a remote pool, and finds a small box that has been hidden since Roman times. He gradually learns how to use its contents, fighting off a series of attempts to steal it, and becomes aware of a strange world hidden from our own. (Summary by Peter Yearsley) (2 hr 11 min)


1 - I: The Discovery 16:42 Read by Peter Yearsley
2 - II: The First Jar 9:16 Read by Peter Yearsley
3 - III: The Second Jar 12:25 Read by Peter Yearsley
4 - IV: The Small People 18:58 Read by Peter Yearsley
5 - V: Danger to the Jars 19:17 Read by Peter Yearsley
6 - VI: The Cat, Wag, Slim and Others 21:36 Read by Peter Yearsley
7 - VII: The Bat-Ball 17:23 Read by Peter Yearsley
8 - VII: Wag At Home 15:33 Read by Peter Yearsley


What a fantastic story!

(5 stars)

This is a short fantasy - with little people and magic. I found it wonderfully entertaining and diverting and would highly recommend it for both adults and children. Peter Yearsley does an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

(4 stars)

How interesting to here Mr James' detail rich, conversational style normally applied to ghost and monster stories applied to children's fantasy. This is a delightful story very well read (as usual) by P.Y. Give it a listen.

loved it

(5 stars)

I loved the story and the reader did a great job. Thankyou.

best story on here!!!

(5 stars)

love the story and love his voice. listen to this one over and over again. listen to it at night to put me to sleep.

Great story, kinda short though!

(5 stars)

I give this one 4 and 1/2 stars, only reason is it could have been longer, didn't want it to end!


(5 stars)

Story jem. Terrific narration--very enjoyable. Thank you. I'd like to make a request of this narrator; James Hogg, The Confessions Of A Justified Sinner.

good story & reader

(5 stars)

2 hours of fantasy delight.

love Peter, the book was fun and wonderful.

(5 stars)