I like to listen to audiobooks while I drive to work because it helps the drive go quickly. I was feeling in the mood for something a little creepy so I decided to try this audiobook out. This audiobook was inspired by tales written by M.R. James and were acted out by a few voice actors.
This audiobook consisted of 4 different stories: Casting the runes, Lost Hearts, the Treasure of Abbot, and last but not least A View from the Hill. As far as this collection goes, the first and last stories were my absolute favorite. Casting the runes was about an academic that offended an occultist and he did not take it well. He decided to use his skills to curse her and she did tried to break this curse. What ends up happening was very unexpected and very dark…I loved it!
A view from the Hill was more a subtle scary story. It dealt with the loss of a child, a cursed abby, and a mother who refused to give up….but it is not what you think. While this one might sound a little boring I assure you that it is not. The other two stories were okay but not really creepy to me. Lost Hearts felt like it was trying too hard to be a scary story and it just didn’t work for me.
Overall, if this was a regular book I would have given it 4 stars. Unfortunately, this is an audiobook and other things need to be taken into account. There was this song that played between each story that was actually really distracting. Not only that, sometimes the background noises would be so loud that you could barely hear the voice actors. This was a major problem in Lost Hearts. In the one section that was supposed to be the climax the noise was sooo loud that it really pulled me out of the moment. Other than that the stories were really solid.