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Katherine

Katherine YANCO, Australia Listener Since 2008
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  • "Just plain enjoyable."

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    Oscar Wilde's works are always fun to listen to, and this dramatised version is no exception. Relax and enjoy his witty take on society.

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    A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
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    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
  • "As bubbly as champagne"

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    A light look at life with the "Bright Young Things" although our hero is older than he wishes to be. Nothing to test the brain cells here, just an enjoyable listen.

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    Present Laughter

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Ian Ogilvy, Christina Pickles, Carolyn Seymour, and others
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    A galaxy of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes sparkles around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne. While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love-struck ingenue, an adulterous producer, and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife, Liz, and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad.

    Katherine says: "As bubbly as champagne"
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  • Blackadder II

    "Always Great, but..."

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    I can't find a thing at fault with Black Adder II itself. It's just as wonderful as it always was. The only thing I would have changed is...If they could have made one file per episode, it would be a lot easier to select which one I want to listen to. (My player doesn't allow for fast forward or rewind.)

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Peter Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 09-01-06 Member Since 2006
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  • "The Ultimate Classic of Comedy"

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    Comedy is defind in Fawlty Towers. The writing is superior and the casting of the characters was perfect.

    John Cleese is one comic perfect !!

    This is the only comedy that is very greatly enjoyed by either watching it or listening to it !!
    British comedy is the best and bightest when it uses it's dry and wildly funny wit, as found in Fawlty Towers.

    I know that you will come across people in your world that appear in Fawlty Towers. Have a super terrific time as you listen to Fawlty Towers ... Manuel, manuel, MANUEL !!!!!

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    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    (124)
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    (37)
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    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"

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  • 4.8 (28 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 3  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    Sorry I Haven't a Clue has Radio Four's highest listening figures for light entertainment and won the 1998 Voice of the Listener and Viewer for top radio show.

  • 4.8 (26 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 6  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 6

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "Unbeatable comedy!"
  • 4.8 (24 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 4   Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (24)
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    (9)
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    (8)

    Sorry I Haven't a Clue has Radio Four's highest listening figures for light entertainment and won the 1998 Voice of the Listener and Viewer for top radio show.

    Linda says: "I'm sorry I haven't a clue (4)"
  • 4.8 (19 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 7  by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden, Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 7

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden,
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (8)
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    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "How do they do it? Hysterically funny."
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  • 4.8 (13 ratings)
    Dad's Army, Volume 2: Command Decision  by Jimmy Perry, David Croft Narrated by Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

    Dad's Army, Volume 2: Command Decision

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Jimmy Perry, David Croft
    • Narrated By Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
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    From the annals of wartime Britain come four brilliantly funny episodes with Captain Mainwaring's fully trained Home Guard platoon, ever ready to strike terror into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea. Always prepared to fight to the finish, this endearing team of characters are at their incompetent best in these wonderfully entertaining adventures specially adapted for radio.

  • 4.9 (10 ratings)
    Dad's Army, Volume 16  by Jimmy Perry, David Croft Narrated by Arthur Lowe, john Le Mesurier

    Dad's Army, Volume 16

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Jimmy Perry, David Croft
    • Narrated By Arthur Lowe, john Le Mesurier
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    (5)
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    From the annals of wartime Britain come four brilliantly funny episodes with Captain Mainwaring's Home Guard, ever ready to strike terror into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea.

  • 4.3 (124 ratings)
    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat  by John Cleese, Connie Booth Narrated by John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"
  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection  by Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn Narrated by Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast

    Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
    • Narrated By Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast
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    Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

    Emily says: "Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
  • The Noël Coward Collection  by Noël Coward Narrated by Annette Bening, Joe Mantegna, Eric Stoltz, Rosalind Ayres, Ian Ogilvy, Yeardley Smith, Shirley Knight

    The Noël Coward Collection

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Noël Coward
    • Narrated By Annette Bening, Joe Mantegna, Eric Stoltz, and others
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    (48)
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    Six phenomenally sophisticated Noël Coward comedies: Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter.

    Kindle Customer says: "Bravo Mr. Coward"
  • The Man Upstairs and Other Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Frederick Davidson

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word "miasma" as "an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation". And in the opinion of Mr. Robert Ferguson, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily. Until the previous day, Master Bean had served Mr. Ferguson in the capacity of office-boy. But there was that about Master Bean which made it practically impossible for anyone to employ him for long.

  • Something Fresh (






UNABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Jonathan Cecil

    Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
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    (66)
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    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
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  • Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger (






UNABRIDGED) by David O'Doherty Narrated by David O'Doherty

    Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David O'Doherty
    • Narrated By David O'Doherty
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    Taken from the tape recordings of the enigmatic and ultra-cautious dangerologist Docter Noel Zone, Danger Is Everywhere is a brilliantly funny audiobook for avoiding danger of all kinds that will have you laughing out loud (very safely) from start to finish. Does it warn you about what to do if a shark comes up out of the loo while you are sitting on it? Yes, it does. And what to do if a volcano erupts underneath your house? After you've made sure it's not a neighbour's barbecue, this audiobook will let you know exactly how to deal with it.

  • Fawlty Towers, Volume 2: The Germans  by John Cleese, Connie Booth Narrated by John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 2: The Germans

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Best!"
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series  by Richard Curtis Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast

    Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast
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    Six BBC TV episodes starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Robinson. With a “ya boo sucks” to you Fritzy, hot tiddly tumble - it’s off to the Western Front, 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, 20 yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him.

  • The Awful German Language (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
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  • The Museum of Curiosity: The Complete Gallery 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Schreiber, Richard Turner Narrated by Bill Bailey, John Lloyd

    The Museum of Curiosity: The Complete Gallery 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dan Schreiber, Richard Turner
    • Narrated By Bill Bailey, John Lloyd
    Overall
    (29)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    The Museum of Curiosity is BBC Radio 4's monumental comedy edifice, and the only one with gargoyles in the foyer. It allows nothing inside unless it makes you scratch your head, stroke your chin or, at the very least, go 'Hmm'. Secondly, it is almost completely empty. Fortunately, helping to fill its vacant plinths is a gathering of the world's most original minds.

    J P says: "A fun listen that makes you think"
  • Blackadder Goes Forth  by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast

    Blackadder Goes Forth

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
    Overall
    (73)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    With a ya boo sucks to you fritzy, hot tiddly tumble, it's off to Western Front 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive.

    Marc says: "Very good Audioproduction of a TV show"
  • Blackadder the Third  by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast

    Blackadder the Third

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
    Overall
    (65)
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    (19)
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    (18)

    England 1760-1815. With the advent of the Regency period the Blackadder's family fortune has rather plummeted. Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince Regent, veers from calamity to disaster with very little in the way of constructive help from either his imbecile Lord and master the Prince Regent or the mouse-brained Baldrick.

    J. says: "crackling wit"
  • Blithe Spirit  by Noel Coward Narrated by Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, Ian Ogilvy

    Blithe Spirit

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, and others
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (23)

    This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!

    Rebecca says: "Be careful what you wish for"
  • Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger (






UNABRIDGED) by David O'Doherty Narrated by David O'Doherty

    Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David O'Doherty
    • Narrated By David O'Doherty
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    Taken from the tape recordings of the enigmatic and ultra-cautious dangerologist Docter Noel Zone, Danger Is Everywhere is a brilliantly funny audiobook for avoiding danger of all kinds that will have you laughing out loud (very safely) from start to finish. Does it warn you about what to do if a shark comes up out of the loo while you are sitting on it? Yes, it does. And what to do if a volcano erupts underneath your house? After you've made sure it's not a neighbour's barbecue, this audiobook will let you know exactly how to deal with it.

  • Sleduet li zhenatyim muzhchinam igrat v golf? [Should Married Men Play Golf?] (






UNABRIDGED) by Dzherom K. Dzherom Narrated by Aleksandr Dubina, Elaine Margaret Thawley

    Sleduet li zhenatyim muzhchinam igrat v golf? [Should Married Men Play Golf?]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dzherom K. Dzherom
    • Narrated By Aleksandr Dubina, Elaine Margaret Thawley
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    Na angliyskom yazyike tekst ne adaptirovan, prochitan po izdaniyu:Dzherom K. Dzherom. Rasskazyi. - M.: Izdatelstvo "Raduga", 2004.1. Portrait of a Lady2. The Man who would Manage3. The Absent-minded Man4. The Man who did not Believe in Luck5. Should Married Men Play Golf?6. Portret damyi7. Chelovek, kotoryiy staralsya vsem pomogat8. Rasseyannyiy chelovek9. Chelovek, kotoryiy ne veril v udachu10. Sleduet li zhenatyim muzhchinam igrat v golf?

  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection  by Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn Narrated by Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast

    Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
    • Narrated By Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

    Emily says: "Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series  by Richard Curtis Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast

    Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    Six BBC TV episodes starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Robinson. With a “ya boo sucks” to you Fritzy, hot tiddly tumble - it’s off to the Western Front, 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, 20 yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him.

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  • Short Cruises: 12 Humorous Short Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by W. W. Jacobs Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Short Cruises: 12 Humorous Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. W. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    W.W. Jacobs was an English writer, famous for his humorous short stories, particularly those relating the preposterous adventures and misadventures of sailors on leave. This collection, Short Cruises, contains some of W.W. Jacobs' most popular characters, including the night watchman at the docks in Wapping who relates the stories of his friends Ginger Dick, Sam Small, and Peter Russet.

  • Curried Cow (






UNABRIDGED) by Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Curried Cow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    My Aunt Patience, who tilled a small farm in the state of Michigan, had a favorite cow. This creature was not a god cow, nor a profitable one, for instead of devoting a part of her leisure to secretion of milk and production of veal she concentrated all her faculties on the study of kicking. The demon cow of Michigan will attack any living being she comes across...and when Aunt Patience resolves to marry, every single man in the county goes to extreme lengths to become unavailable for the honour. Such was their fear of being married alive by my Aunt Patience.

  • A Bottomless Grave (






UNABRIDGED) by Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    A Bottomless Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    (4)
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    A dysfunctional and amoral family murders its alcoholic father and buries him in the yard, before embarking on a hobby of befriending strangers whose bodies they bury in the cellar. When the stocks of liquor and provisions kept in the cellar start to deplete mysteriously, they put it down to the partying of the restless spirits of their murder victims...but a stranger truth emerges. Written in Bierce's witty style, this story is a laugh-a-minute comedy.