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Half Hour Stories

Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A comprehensive collection of superb classic 30-minute short stories. Perfect for commuters, joggers or bedtime listening.

  • 1. 'The Step' by E. F. Benson
  • 2. 'The Squaw' by Bram Stoker
  • 3. 'The Venturers' by O. Henry
  • 4. 'The Assignation' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 5. 'Mixed Relations' by W. W. Jacobs
  • 6. 'Mademoiselle Fifi' by Guy de Maupassant
  • 7. 'The Mystery of Sasassa Valley' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 8. 'The Encased Man' by Leo Tolstoy
  • 9. 'MS Found in a Bottle' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 10. 'A Rash Experiment' by W. W. Jacobs
  • 11. 'Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe' by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 12. 'The Egg' by Sherwood Anderson
  • 13. 'A Source of Irritation' by Stacy Aumonier
  • 14. 'The Horror Horn' by E. F. Benson
  • 15. 'The Famous Race between the Hearse and the Steamroller' by Sidney Keyes
  • 16. 'The Girl who was Tired of Love' by Leonard Merrick
  • 17. 'The Ship that Saw a Ghost' by Frank Norris
  • 18. 'The Mummy's Foot' by Théophile Gautier
  • 19. 'Lost in a Pyramid' by Louisa May Alcott
  • 20. 'The Story of Baelbrow' by E & H Heron

Plus 45 other great tales

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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  • Jo
  • 24-01-17

Ruined by terrible narration.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the narration had been better then I have no doubt that I would be giving this 5 stars; the only word I can think of to describe Cathy Dobson's narration is "bizarre." She sounds like she is trying to speak with lower cadence, and she holds the last syllable of each word too long. I can only assume this is to facilitate the feature that allows you to speed up the playback. It doesn't help to speed it up however. Her narration is so off putting I could not bear to listen to any more of it, so frustrating.

Has Half Hour Stories put you off other books in this genre?

Not if they are read by soneone else.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

Never, I will be avoiding her from now on.

What character would you cut from Half Hour Stories?

Cathy Dobson!

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  • geomcamck
  • 29-01-15

narrator irritating and prime put off

Unfortunately I couldn't get past the first few minutes of the first story as the narrator got on my nerves t the extent I have asked for a refund

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