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Old Cornille's Secret by Alphonse Daudet, read by Stephen Fry
The Mouse by Saki, Read by Barbara Leigh-Hunt
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Edward Hardwicke
A Tale of Terror by Thomas Hood, read by Patrick Malahide
The Homes of the Stars by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Kerry Shale
A Thousand Deaths by Jack London, read by Nicky Henson
Murder! by Arnold Bennett, read by Brian Cox
The White Wolf by Guy de Maupassant, read by Dinsdale Landen
The Mysterious Railway Passenger by Maurice Leblanc, read by Patrick Malahide
The Cheshire Cat by Lewis Carroll, read by Liza Goddard
'Divus' Johnston by John Buchan, read by Iain Cuthbertson
Dick Baker's Cat by Mark Twain, read by Richard Griffiths
The Man in the Bell by W. E. Aytoun, read by Patrick Malahide
Home Sickness by George Moore, read by T. P. McKenna
Spindleberries by John Galsworthy, read by Joanna David
The Face by E. F. Benson, read by Richard Pasco
On Being in Love by Jerome K. Jerome, read by Hugh Laurie
The Disintegration Machine by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Nicky Henson
The Violet Car by E. E. Nesbitt, read by Harriet Walter
The Patch on the Quilt Sapper, read by Edward Fox
What members say
cracking stories, but no table of contents!
I am surprised to find there is no table of contents or means of navigation. Surely this should easily be possible?
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Love all these collections. Great performances, good selections of stories that aren't basic tenets of high school that will call up bad memories. Very diverse and entertaining. Been listening to them while hiking on low volume so the bears don't get me. They have greatly improved tedious long trails. Also great just sitting in an armchair.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
- Denise M
👏🏻 Bravo!!! Full standing ovation!!
We LOVE this collection! I purchased this for use in our homeschool. It is now requested often by all my children! What a great assortment and so well done! We love this! 💜
- Stanley Dumornay
excellente sélection d'histoires racontées avec talent. pour tous les goûts et toutes les occasions. superbe!
- A. Larson
Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?
No... sometimes I could barely even hear them. One of them talked so fast I couldn't understand him.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I never knew what the next story would be about. One seemed like an essay on being old and sour about love. I'm not sure it was even a story. The first story was the best one, then it was all down hill.
What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?
not the best
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
sure but it's a lot easier to watch a movie than sit through a whole book.
Any additional comments?
This wasn't a good selection of stories or narrators in my opinion.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is a collection of stories that have no appeal to my tastes. I found them dull and uninteresting. I only made it through 2 1/2 stories before giving up. Wish I could return it.
4 of 17 people found this review helpful
Tour de force, no red line
As the writing and narrating goes, this is a real tour de force, every track is worth several repetitions, and even if you have not yet read more from the writers of these stories, you will feel the urge for it !
As a collection, however, it seems to lack the red line - the tone of the stories and the style of the narrators (and vice versa !) is as uneven as it gets. Maybe it is just this confeti or firework like quality that has been sought after, but it made the continuous listening impossible, had to stop after each story before plunging into a totally new environment of the following one.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
- Weston-sub-Edge, United Kingdom
Great Stories, Well Read
This collection of Short Stories was really good to listen to. There is a good mix of amusing, funny, intriguing and darker stories aswell which makes for an audio book which is a pleasure to listen to without getting boring at all. The readers of each story are all very good, and also fit the stories they are telling well so that one feels that the readers fits with the story.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
- Anne Cross
very frustrating to listen to, no introduction to each story, no announcement of the author & most stories very thin, narrated by pompous BBC English voices.