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Summary

The basis for Joseph L. Mankiewicz's cinematic romance starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.

Burdened by debt after her husband's death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Through the struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain's story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted.

Originally published in 1945, made into a movie in 1947, and later adapted into a television sitcom in 1968, this romantic tale explores how love can develop without boundaries, both in this life and beyond.

©2018 R. A. Dick (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Classic film's source novel.

I've seen both the fim and a theatrical adaptation, enjoying the gentle humour of both. The lifetime of friendship between a widow and the ghost inhabiting her house is a warm one, and very much set in its time.

Lucy Muir has two young children when her husband dies. They must find an affordable new house, and Gull Cottage, mostly because of the supposed haunting by a previous occupant, proves the perfect place for them. Lucy immediately discovers that the haunting is very real, Captain Gregg is a salty, worldly old ghost, who 'allows' her to stay in his house if she promises to leave it to retired sailors in her will.

This is just the start of a lifelong relationship, one that shows affection, care and annoyance, almost a marriage! Lucy watches her children grow up and leave her, sometimes less than appreciatively, and in need of money, it is Captain Gregg who offers her the solution.

Mrs Muir is very much a woman of her time, embarrassed at the thought of using a pawn shop, concerned with appearances. Her son Cyril exemplifies old-fashioned values, daughter Anna pushing for a more modern outlook as Lucy herself ages and wants only their happiness. The oldest of them all, Gregg, sees their lives and wishes in the clearest light of all, with the perspective of a much-travelled and experienced sailor, shocked by nothing.

The unspoken affection (similar in some ways to 'The Remains of the Day') is understated but evident, as Lucy (or 'Lucia' as Gregg calls her) ages, he remains constant.

I didn't question the paranormal element at all, I just enjoyed the nostalgic feeling of the 1940s setting and outlook.

This made a very congenial listen, with a female voice conveying the upper class but slightly naive Lucy at the same time as the salty sea dog Gregg without sounding false. Lucy's voice even aged and matured as she did.

Lovely period piece, even if I could only picture Rex Harrison as Captain Gregg.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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timeless classic

Great narrator. an old but good one! love the ending 🥰 Timeless Classic. Brilliant

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Lovely book

I love this story. I have seen the film multiple times. A fab narrator really bought the characters to life. Well read and a pleasure you listen to

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very good classic

such a good story, well told and well narrated. very easy listening, and great characters.

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not for me

Didn't get past the first chapter. I'm familiar with the basic story from the film so that would have been fine. The problem was the narrator. She was born in West Sussex so why does she sound like an American trying to "do" an English accent? Far too plummy to be pleasant for a long listen

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Brilliant!!

A real classic! Bought on the off chance and so glad I did. I lived the story with them and felt almost part of the family by the end. Charming, warm and ever so slightly bizarre. Loved every minute of it!
Beautifully narrated.

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bloody phenomenal

I watched the film as a child and wanted a Captain Greg of my own, this audiobook delivered. Better than the film although I did get annoyed with Lucia for being so young of heart.
it's been a long time since I have felt a loss at the closing of a book and damn, this was like losing a friend.

Give it shot, just for Captain Greg's salty language 😉

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Amazing all round

I wanted to read this as a fan of the 1947 film, but it's hard to find, so gave audible a go. I loved everything about it, the story, writing, and performance.

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lovely old fashioned romance

I loved this old book. Nothing like the TV series thank goodness. Very competently read at a gentle pace which suited the story. I was very sorry to finish it.

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A real classic!

The book from which one of my all time favourite films was adapted, beautifully performed. As I said a REAL classic. Highly recommended for those who love the film or the book or for those who like gentle romance with humour.

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  • Michael
  • 22-09-19

Bias Review Warning

When my father died when I was seven, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir became one of my mother's favorite and most watched movies. Capitan Gregg became one of my role models (along with Cary Grant, Professor Higgins, Atticus Finch, and Albert Einstein) . I have seen the movie many, many, times but only recently noticed it was based upon a novel.

The novel does not have any excitement, action, or even much story. It is basically a romance (with no romance) and only vignettes driving character development. One could successfully argue this is a very boring book, but not to me. I enjoyed the characters (and this narration) as well as the humor and social commentary.

The book differs from the movie in quite a few ways, and each is better in its own way. One interesting note is in the movie Gene Tierney (playing Mrs. Muir) is not a tiny little thing, but other characters talk of her that way. In the book she really is a tiny little thing. The end of the book is particularly good and even better than the end of the movie.

I am often critical of female narrators doing male voices (few can do them well) but Jasicki does a great job on the Captain, as well as the other male characters, and does a perfect job on Mrs. Muir.

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  • 27-04-20

1.25X

I’m a very slow, deliberative reader and listener, who never, ever speeds up a narration, but the difference between this narrator at normal speed and at 1.25 is night and day. The first is languid, almost drunken, and lends an unaccountably snide tone to everything said. The latter is brisk and chipper, so much livelier. Take my word on this one.

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  • NH
  • 19-03-19

Lucy is dutiful until . . .

I love the movie of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I first saw it as a child. After repeated viewings, it never lost the sense of romance and magic I found on my first viewing. I was delighted to find the audiobook of the novel the movie was based on. The audiobook was as enjoyable as the movie although there are a few differences. The story follows Lucy a dutiful young woman of her age, late Victorian/Edwardian. Lucy was a good child, who married and was a good wife. She had two children and was a good mother. When her husband died, she found herself penniless because her husband had gambled with the stock market. Lucy, now a widow, is living with her husband's family who refers to her (to her face) as "poor. little Lucy). They make all her decisions including those for her children.

Lucy suffers a spell of rebelliousness and moves herself and her children to a house overlooking the sea near a village. The house she chooses is very inexpensive because no tenant stays more than 24 hours. The previous owner does not want new tenants. What follows is a lively story, at times full of joy and others heartbreaking but never, ever boring. Elizabeth Jasicki does a very nice job narrating.

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  • Karen Gough
  • 16-08-20

Skip the Book, Watch the Movie

The movie is one of my favorites and I looked forward to reading the book, but I stopped half way through. Lucy is pathetically weak in the book and ready to give up her children for the love of another man. Only the ghost of Captain Greg has any sense. Don’t waste your time with the book, just watch the movie. It’s characterizations are much better and the movie is so romantic. I wish I’d never read any part of this book.

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  • AvidReader
  • 18-01-21

Loved it! Different than the movie--in a good way!

I had no idea what to expect. I'd seen the movie years ago, but hadn't read the book.

Although it was set in the forties (I believe), Lucy/Lucia was very modern.

The paranormal was perfect. Just enough to be interesting and almost believable.

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  • J-me
  • 08-05-20

A beautiful love story.

Not often I shed a tear at the end of a novel but this beautiful story brought a tear. I listened in one sitting.
A beautiful young woman widowed early in life takes a House by the sea to get away from overbearing relatives and confronts the ghost who for his own reasons haunts the home. It’s a gentle fast moving story. So well written and beautifully read. I knew the story from the film of the sane name, but in listening I heard the original and discovered a fabulous narrator who will bring many other books to my ear.

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  • Alan Reed
  • 11-04-19

A Fun Story For All Ages

I first read this story about 40 years ago, it was the first book that I read from cover to cover in one day.
I rediscovered this book recently and have enjoyed listening to it. I've enjoyed the old movie and the tv series.

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  • Jeri Munoz
  • 31-07-19

A love story

I remember watching this on TV as a child, Love it then and love the book. I actually found the DVD of this also just so I could see it anytime I wanted. Ive listen to the audio book and will probably do so many times.

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  • Crinic001
  • 16-04-20

Help

What can I say.

The book is much different than the first movie. I cried for a couple minutes and whether out of sadness or sad happiness, I know not.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-02-21

Great

Entertaining story, great performance. A true classic. There is one curse word spoken periodically by the captain. The D one. This didn't bother me but may bother some.

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