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An astonishing collection of fifty of the greatest short stories ever written by some of literature's most highly acclaimed writers. 

1. "Odour of Chrysanthemums" by D. H. Lawrence 

2. "Miss Harriet" by Guy de Maupassant 

3. "Twenty-six Men and a Girl" by Maxim Gorky 

4. "Hot Potatoes" by Arnold Bennett 

5. "Rats" by M. R. James 

6. "Zodomirsky’s Duel" by Alexandre Dumas 

7. "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin 

8. "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe 

9. "The Encased Man" by Anton Chekhov 

10. "A Candle" by Count Leo Tolstoy 

11. "Malachi’s Cove" by Anthony Trollope 

12. "Nine O’Clock" by Wilkie Collins 

13. "The Drover’s Wife" by Henry Lawson 

14. "The Mines of Falun" by E. T. A. Hoffmann 

15. "The Marquise" by George Sand 

16. "Lost in a Pyramid" by Louisa May Alcott 

17. "The Pistol-Shot" by Alexander Pushkin 

18. "The Three Strangers" by Thomas Hardy 

19. "The Boarded Window" by Ambrose Bierce 

20. "Spindleberries" by John Galsworthy 

21. "The Chaplet" by Saki 

22. "In the Reign of Terror" by Anatole France 

23. "Portrait of a Lady" by Jerome K. Jerome 

24. "The Venturers" by O. Henry 

25. "Mons. Cassecruche’s Inspiration" by George Walter Thornbury 

26. "A Witch in the Peak" by R. Murray Gilchrist 

27. "The Brown Wallet" by Stacy Aumonier 

28. "The King of the Golden River" by John Ruskin 

29. "The Reverend Father Gaucher’s Elixir" by Alphonse Daudet 

30. "The Honest Thief" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

31. "The Model Millionnaire" by Oscar Wilde 

32. "The One Million Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain 

33. "The Monkey’s Paw" by W. W. Jacobs 

34. "The Man with the Watches" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

35. "A Poor Gentleman" by George Gissing

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  • Gerald
  • 20-01-15


I caught myself laughing crying and clapping my hands like a live performance. Beautifully narrated I will revisit this "Treasure" often.

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  • Patricia H. Keane
  • 13-01-15

The stories are good

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

Cathy Dobson ruined these stories by reading them as if they were nursery rhymes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A Short Stories

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was very hard to follow the stories as the narrator had such a sing-song way of reading, the sense of the words was lost.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment. Sad to have wasted my credit.

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  • 60 plus
  • 26-01-15

Very dissapointed with the narration:(

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know , I couldn't listen to five mins of it.

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Any additional comments?

I hadn't got round to listening to this till today, thought it would be a great addition to my collection, and now I expect it is too late to return it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-20

Cathy Dobson's reading is AWFUL.

Love the stories but my god Cathy Dobson's performance is grating. She adds a bizarre inflection/emphasis to the end of every sentence. It's enough to drive you mad while you're listening! How did they ever approve this reading?! It's a real shame because the stories are wonderful pieces of fiction.