The Turn of the Screw


Read by Nikolle Doolin

(4 stars; 67 reviews)

The Turn of the Screw is a novella written by Henry James. It is a ghost story that was originally published in 1898. A nameless governess reports the events of two ghosts who stalk the young children she has charge over. Is she reliable, or an imaginative neurotic? (Summary adapted from Wikipedia) (5 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Chapter 00 17:52 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 01 11:44 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 02 10:19 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 03 16:24 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 04 15:34 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 05 11:30 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 06 23:04 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 07 13:36 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 08 16:39 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 09 17:08 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 10 14:30 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 11 12:39 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 12 10:08 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 13 16:31 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 14 11:49 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 15 9:59 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 16 9:20 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 17 13:17 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 18 9:12 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 19 10:01 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 20 13:48 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 21 17:17 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 22 12:02 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 23 11:47 Read by Nikolle Doolin
Chapter 24 17:10 Read by Nikolle Doolin

Reviews

Wonderful narration


(5 stars)

If you enjoy Henry James, or this genre, you'll like this recording. The only one better I've heard is Emma Thompson 's Audible recording. I know a few reviewers have complained they can't get through it, or the book is too hard. You have to realize this was written at a time when education was at it's peak. People had much bigger vocabularies, and they painted pictures with words. If this isn't to your taste, you'd be better off sticking to books written after the 60s or 70s. The word count per sentence is less, they're easier to understand, and they are aimed at a lower grade level. Modern libraries today can give you the rating of each book, and it's score and difficulty rating because they have all been ranked for students, so you can find the difficulty rating you are comfortable with, and then check to see what the rating is before you attempt a book.

Odd classic, good recording


(4 stars)

This really is an odd book -- strangely inconclusive. The recording is very professional in sound quality and also pretty professional in reading style. The female reader is lushly expressive, to the point of sounding sentimental. In fact this overlush quality convinced me that the narrating governess really is a delusional hysteric (a matter of much debate, for some reason). The child characters' voices strike me as well done too. If the Librivox intro grates on your ear, as another reviewer mentioned, skip ahead and listen to a bit of the text itself -- you may find it more to your taste. One word I noticed was mispronounced: "interminably."

The Turn of the Screw


(2 stars)

I have to say that I listened only through the first chapter. The story seemed as though it would be interesting, and the reader's voice and style seem as though they might have been lovely in person or perhaps on a conventional recording device, but the computer-like utterances and spacing and silences was something I simply found too irritating. I have to say, I don't have high expectations of readers, but this recording sounded too much like a computer voice for me to be able to enjoy it. If that kind of thing doesn't bother you, then you'll likely enjoy it as the first reviewer did.

Great narration


(4 stars)

This is my second time with The Turn of the Screw and I vastly prefer this audio version over the print. I had a hard time with the print. Nikolle Doolin did an excellent job and really brought these characters to life. I was not a fan of her sign on/sign off but that's small potatoes. Thanks for making James enjoyable!


(5 stars)

The text is wordy yet the narrator has done an excellent job in keeping the interest high and adding enough emotion to make the story really get under your skin. Well done!


(0.5 stars)

The book is fine. But the reader is putting such unsuitable and excessive emotion into it that it becomes a torture to listen to it.


(1 stars)

The reader sounds like she's computer generated. Just couldn't go further than Ch1. Will need to find the book for myself.

Excellent


(5 stars)

By far one of the best readings I heard so far. I highly recommend the recording.