New Release – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Narrated by Emma Thompson

Audible has continued producing new content with A List actors as narrators. The newest release this month is the short (96 pages in print) creepy novel by Henry James, The Turn of the Screw narrated by Emma Thompson.

This is part of the same series that has reviewed previously, with Colin Firth narrating The End of the Affair, Anne Hathaway narrating The Wizard of Oz, Tim Curry narrating A Christmas Carol and Claire Danes narrating the Handmaid’s Tale. (Links are to my earlier reviews.)

The Turn of the Screw is a story that I have not read. A governess has care of two orphaned children at a country estate. She becomes convinced that an evil presence is lurking in the house stalking the children.

Reading the reviews at Amazon it is interesting that there is a real question 100 years after the book was written about whether this was intended to be read as a ghost story with the woman as the hero protecting the children against evil or the story of a woman gone mad, or the story of a sexually repressed woman (as an influential 1930s essay suggested) that lead her to imagine the ghosts.

Audible commitment to this series classic audiobooks with high quality narration that has lead me to read several books that I would not normally have picked up. But the quality of the audiobooks has been confirmed with each one I have listened to.

If you have not ever used Audible you can sign up for a new account with one free book. I personally have an annual plan with 24 audiobooks for $229. That plan also includes an audio summary to the New York Times or Wall Street Journal and access to a number of member only sales. I have been a continuous subscriber to Audible since 2003 and highly recommend it.

As the stay at home parent of a 1 and a 2 year old, audiobooks have allowed me to keep up with my reading while on the move.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

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