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  • "Die Storyestmosthilariouslyfunnying"

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    Great Twain. Sarcastic, but oh so true. How many words can YOU stick together? Hint - the Germans will beat you every time.

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    The Awful German Language

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    • 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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  • Blackadder the Third

    "crackling wit"

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    Where does Blackadder the Third rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the most entertaining listens--high density of zingers per minute


    Would you recommend Blackadder the Third to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes--some of my friends share the bitter sense of humor required to enjoy the clever writing


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Atkinson's delivery serves the brilliant writing with clarity and character. Having a full cast helps keep the invisible action straight.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's a set of sparkling half-hour television episodes. Space them out like savouries, and give each your full attention.


    Any additional comments?

    Pace is just right--the preposterous plots move swiftly, yet every word is crisply pronounced and emphasized--even the sarcastic "throwaway" lines.

  • Morecambe and Wise: Volume 3, You Can't See the Join

    "bit of fluff"

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    What did you like best about Morecambe and Wise? What did you like least?

    nice friendly vibe and tribute to old vaudeville style--they are audibly enjoying what they do; but the lame sketches and pop-passe musical numbers, though accompanied by a very polished big band, don't hold up well these days

    guest stars are accomplished: Penelope Keith's script allows her to point out that it's beneath her, which is supposed to be comic but it's all too true

    one drawback: the voices of the 2 principals are not very distinctive from one another, so it's sometimes hard to follow the story with audio only


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    already started a novel


    What three words best describe Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise ’s voice?

    clear; pleasant; underemployed


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not if I had to pay money


    Any additional comments?

    nice if you want to kick back and be entertained without engaging much brain

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  • "Goon with the wind"

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    No apologies, just a straight 5 stars. If you're a Goon fan, you don't need my opinion. If you've never heard them, please do yourself a favour and try one of the audiobooks. You wont regret it. Anarchic humour at its best.

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    The Goon Show, Volume 1: Moriarity, Where Are You?

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    Here's a crazy quartet of cult comedy classics from those wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. This collection features "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea", "The Histories of Pliny the Elder", "The Jet Propelled Guided Naafi", and "The Evils of Bushy Spon".

    Marius says: "Goon with the wind"

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    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

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    • 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)
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    • 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

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    • 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.

    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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    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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    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 (125 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

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    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    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 Castle  by Kim Fuller, Matt Kirshen, Nick Doody

    The Castle

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    • By Kim Fuller, Matt Kirshen, Nick Doody
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    Estate Agents, mail-order lingerie, and the invention of central heating: this is medieval England seen from a 21st-century comedy perspective. With an all-star cast, Pozzitive bring you a roisteringly funny new sitcom from the pen of Kim Fuller, who's CV is as long as a really long arm, and includes Spitting Image, Red Dwarf, Badly Dubbed Porn, Rory Bremner, Lenny Henry, and Spiceworld: The Movie.

    Ellen Leithold says: "Hystericaly funny"
  • 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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    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"
  • Something Fresh (






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

    Something Fresh

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    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
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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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    Hancock: The "Lost" TV Episodes: The Flight of the Red Shadow

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    • By Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
    • Narrated By Tony Full Cast incl. Hancock, Sid James
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    First broadcast live in 1959 as part of Tony Hancock's 4th BBC TV Series, these rare recordings are made available for the first time in over fifty years. In The Flight of the Red Shadow (aka Desert Song), Hancock is on the run from disgruntled members of the East Cheam Repertory Company. In order to escape, Hancock is forced to masquerade as the Maharaja of Renjipur, with disastrous consequences.

  • 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
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    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"
  • Julie Walters and Friends  by Julie Walters Narrated by Julie Walters, Alan Bennett, Victoria Wood, Willy Russell, Alan Bleasdale

    Julie Walters and Friends

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By Julie Walters
    • Narrated By Julie Walters, Alan Bennett, Victoria Wood, and others
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    With friends like Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale, you are in very good company! Especially when they have written a show just for you. That is the calibre of friends Julie Walters has. In this hilarious recording, Julie, in a variety of characters, demonstrates her wonderful acting talent in a show that won a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best TV Light Entertainment Programme.

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: Dead Parrot Sketch  by John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle

    Monty Python's Flying Circus: Dead Parrot Sketch

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    • By John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
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    Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, has inspired many of today's writers and performers. Its sketches, songs, and catchphrases are legendary: the dead parrot, the Ministry of Silly Walks, The Lumberjack Song, And Now for Something Completely Different, and many more. Sketches are now available as individual downloads.

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  • 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
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    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"
  • The 99p Challenge: Complete Series 3  by BBC Audiobooks Narrated by Sue Perkins, Armando Iannucci, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Peter Serafinowicz, Peter Baynham

    The 99p Challenge: Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By BBC Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Sue Perkins, Armando Iannucci, Simon Pegg, and others
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    It's back, the show they didn't dare call King StupidSeries 2! And it has a new presenter, new panellists, a new title, new silly games, and more jokes than ever. The line-up for this show, broadcast on 6th July 2000, features Peter Baynham, Tom Binns, Simon Pegg, and Dave Schneider.

    Jason says: "Very funny!"
  • 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

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    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Best!"
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 1  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    The show that grabs listeners by the waist, swirls them round in time to a Strauss waltz, and then trips over the banana skins of convention.

    Joey says: "Spectacular Gameshow"
  • 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

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    • 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.

  • 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
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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 ..."
  • 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.

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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

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    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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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

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    • 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

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    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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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.