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Cynthia

Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States Member Since 2012

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  • "In the Catbird Seat"

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    James Thurber! James Thurber!

    Ben Stiller! Ben Stiller!

    Can you tell I was more than a little thrilled by this Audible short? James Thurber (1894-1961) was a wonderful commentator and cartoonist who was 50 years ahead of his time. For the last five years, every time I read a blog or a tweet that misses its mark, I've wondered, "What would Thurber say?"

    "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1939, 1942) tells the story of a henpecked man, on a quest to find new galoshes and dog biscuits, who daydreams an exciting life of saving lives and crucial war missions. He's every person - who hasn't thought of heroically saving a stranger from a falling shelf in an earthquake or tornado when you're stuck in a line at the grocery store, wondering whose tragedy People Magazine is exploiting this week?

    Ben Stiller does the narration, and - I'm going out on a limb that even a real life timid Walter Mitty would venture onto - I think that's because a movie version of "Mitty" is coming out. Just a guess on my part, of course. Stiller did a fantastic job acting in "Night at the Museum" (2006), one of my favorite movie adaptations of a book (Milan Trenc, 1993). Stiller directs and stars in "Mitty" and I hope I enjoy the movie as much.

    I'm only rating the audio at a 4, though, because while Stiller is a Great Narrator, the production wasn't. Too echo-y.

    If you're wondering about the title of the review - it's another Thurber short story.

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

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    Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
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    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
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A Peek at Douglas's Bookshelf

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Douglas's greatest hits:
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

    "A Classic!"

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    This is one of Twain's early humorous stories, taken from a tale he overheard from a disreputable con man who ran a less than fair frog race. The beauty of Twain, no matter if he is racing frogs or sailing down the Mississippi, is the richness of character and language and setting that transport the reader through time and space to a land of beings just different enough and still just enough like us to make us reflect upon our own circumstances, morals and customs from a different angle--and outlandish enough to make us laugh in the bargain.

  • Tobin's Palm: A Classic American Short Story

    "Only mildly humorous..."

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    Definitely not the author's best work. And this story is only twenty minutes. Then you get five minutes of music and ads! What the crap???

  • Wild Child

    "Wonderfully Lyrical..."

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    account of the historical story of the Wild Boy Of Aveyron!... Back in the late 1990's when I was moonlighting from my job as college English instructor to do some work as an occupational therapist with autistic children, I did extensive research into feral children in order to better understand the developing mind whose debilitating difficulty was the inability to connect with fellow humans. Of course, the work Jean Itard did with the famous "Victor," the "Wild Boy of Aveyron" is usually the first stop on such a journey (although I was first taken in by the heartbreaking true story of "Genie," a young girl who spent 13 years in almost utter isolation). Boyle's account is slightly fictionalized, by necessity, for his rendering, but his research into the case is apparent, and while fine details are painted in, the story itself holds to the truth. I highly recommend this historical tale for anyone interested in feral children--or just a very well written story! (It appeals to the literature lover in me just as much as the psychology buff.) Recommended supplemental reading for those interesting would include Michael Newton's wonderful book on feral children Savage Girls And Wild Boys, not to mention Lucien Malson's The Problem Of Feral Children, and, of course, Itard's own meticulously-kept diaries during the time of his work with Victor. (It must be noted that Itard's work influenced Seguin, and both were later a heavy influence on the renowned educator Marie Montessori.) It could even be said that Itard, though he saw his own work with Victor as less than successful, might well be seen as the first special education teacher.) Also of note is the Truffaut film The Wild Child (also about Victor), Susan Curtiss' fine book on Genie and Wasserman's fictional treatment of the strange case of Kasper Hauser.

  • Very Good Jeeves

    "Truly Wish I Had A New Jeeves Story Everyday..."

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    Wodehouse's wit and dry cleverness seem inexhaustible in these stories. There is a wry smile or a wonderful laugh in almost every minute. The best of British humor!

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  • "He’s quirky, clever."

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    The best part is unusual ideas. My brain liked it.

    This is 63 vignettes. Some are just a few sentences. Others are several pages long. Some are like random thoughts of the author. Some have a little story to them. Many times I laughed. Some times I just said “huh” at the end. The last story was about a translator that was beyond me. I didn’t get it. I probably should have reread it, but I didn’t, so I remain ignorant about the humor in that one. Overall I loved this book. He thinks differently than I do, so I love his messing with my mind. My favorites were the following:

    No One Goes to Heaven... ( I loved his view of what heaven was like. I never would have thought of that.)
    Constructive Criticism (really good scene)
    Kellogg’s (surprising and a good story)
    Chris Hansen at the Justin Bieber Concert
    The Something by John Grisham
    Rithmetic
    Bingo
    The World’s Biggest Rip-Off
    Discussion Questions (I was laughing during his asking the questions.)

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS:
    B.J. Novak narrated most of the book. Other actors and actresses read parts. It was well done.

    Genre: humorous essays

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    One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
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    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"

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  • 4.8 (20 ratings)
    Coyote Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Bihyeh Narrated by Cayenne Chris Conroy

    Coyote Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jim Bihyeh
    • Narrated By Cayenne Chris Conroy
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    Coyote - the trickster, thief, warrior, wizard, coward, clown, and savior - has come to call in these 10 stories set in the modern Navajo Nation.

    Ryan says: "Excellent reader for an excellent story"
  • 4.8 (13 ratings)
    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by W. Somerset Maugham Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    In 1938 Maugham wrote, "Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can hardly distinguish one from the other." Maugham also wrote that most of his short stories were inspired by accounts he heard firsthand during his travels to the lonely outposts of the British Empire. In volume three of this series, we present all of the remaining short stories which Maugham published after World War I and which he subsequently caused to be republished in various collections.

    Die Falknerin says: "What a treat!"
  • 4.8 (11 ratings)
    The Big Garage on Clearshot: Growing Up, Growing Old, and Going Fishing at the End of the Road (






ABRIDGED) by Tom Bodett Narrated by Tom Bodett

    The Big Garage on Clearshot: Growing Up, Growing Old, and Going Fishing at the End of the Road

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    • By Tom Bodett
    • Narrated By Tom Bodett
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    The colorful cast of characters in End of the Road, Alaska, congregate around the coffeepot at the Big Garage to share wit and wisdom.

  • 4.6 (3993 ratings)
    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Butcher Narrated by James Marsters

    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
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    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
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  • 4.4 (2680 ratings)
    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
  • 4.6 (1290 ratings)
    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
  • 4.3 (973 ratings)
    First Meetings: In the Enderverse (






UNABRIDGED) by Orson Scott Card Narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki

    First Meetings: In the Enderverse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki
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    First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

    Amazon Customer says: "Essential Backstory for Ender Fans!"
  • 4.7 (729 ratings)
    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 3"
  • The Things They Carried (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim O'Brien Narrated by Bryan Cranston

    The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
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    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Melinda says: "Heavy Load"
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by B. J. Novak Narrated by B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Jason Schwartzman, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling

    One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (529)
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    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
  • Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gerety, Josh Hamilton, Arliss Howard, Judith Ivey, Stephen King, Justin Long

    Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, and others
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    The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet", King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

    Amazon Customer says: "It Was So Eventual"
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  • Necronomicon (






UNABRIDGED) by H. P. Lovecraft Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, Keith Szarabajka, Adam Verner, Tom Weiner, Patrick Cullen

    Necronomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
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    Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

    Maliboo says: "Audiobook Contents"
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Butcher Narrated by James Marsters

    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (70 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

    Yvette says: "Pretty good production & a great value!!!"
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella (






UNABRIDGED) by Diana Gabaldon Narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie

    A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
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    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    Harry says: "Nice side story"
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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
  • Full Dark, No Stars (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht

    Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 3"
  • Extraction (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrated by Rene Auberjonois

    Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
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    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
  • The Hunger and Other Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Beaumont Narrated by J. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki

    The Hunger and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Beaumont
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki
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    A collection of horror stories by the iconic Charles Beaumont. When The Hunger and Other Stories first appeared in 1957, it heralded the arrival of Charles Beaumont as an important and highly original new voice in American fiction. Although he is best known today for his scripts for television and film, including several classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a master of weird tales, and this, his first published collection, contains some of his best.

  • Central Park: An Anthology (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Blauner (editor) Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, L. J. Ganser, Edoardo Ballerini, Scott Aiello, Scott Brick, Jonathan Davis, Steven Crossley, Jeff Woodman

    Central Park: An Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Andrew Blauner (editor)
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, L. J. Ganser, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
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    Central Park is perhaps the most well-trod and familiar green space in the country. It is both a refuge from the city and Manhattan's very heart; a respite from the urban grind and a hive of activity all its own. Eight hundred forty-three carefully planned acres allow some 37 million visitors each year to come and get lost in a sense of nature. Unsurprisingly, the park also inspires a wealth of great writing, and here Andrew Blauner collects some of the finest fiction and nonfiction - 20 pieces in all.

  • Lost Tales from the Mountain (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth A. Garcia, Karan Henley Haugh, Tess Votto, John Broderick, Keith C. Chase, John Kovacich Narrated by Carl Moore

    Lost Tales from the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth A. Garcia, Karan Henley Haugh, Tess Votto, and others
    • Narrated By Carl Moore
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    Beware! These pages are filled with thrilling tales of ghosts, horrors, and things that go bump in the night. A little for everyone, including short stories and poems written by diverse talents and great students, too.

  • Diverse Desires (






UNABRIDGED) by Allen Dusk Narrated by Rose Caraway

    Diverse Desires

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
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    In this diabolical collection of short stories, Allen Dusk drags listeners down twisted paths that descend into the darkest shadows of erotica. A blue-collar thief finds herself trapped in a circus wagon with only one way out. A chief science officer is conflicted between completing her critical mission and satisfying the throbbing between her legs.

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  • The Dancing Partner (






UNABRIDGED) by Jerome K. Jerome Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Dancing Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A German toymaker seeks to oblige his daughter's friends by building the perfect dancing partner. He can dance all night, never treads on your feet, always says the right thing. At the ball the dancing partner is a great success...at first. But the waltz gets faster and faster...and the scene quickly turns to one of horror.

  • The Smile of La Gioconda (






UNABRIDGED) by Morley Roberts Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Smile of La Gioconda

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Morley Roberts
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Morley Robers (1857-1942) was an adventurer who worked on railways, cattle and sheep ranches all over Africa and the Americas and still found time to write a large number of very varied novels and stories with a zest which only real life experience can give. In "The Smile of La Gioconda" he is concerned with the subtle psychological aspects of the love triangle and the perils of repressed emotions.

  • My Adventure in Jermyn Street (






UNABRIDGED) by A. J. Alan Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    My Adventure in Jermyn Street

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    • By A. J. Alan
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    The narrator receives a mysterious envelope in the post containing a single theatre ticket for that evening. There is no note or return address, and he has no idea who could have sent it. When he attends the performance, in the third act a mysterious lady takes the seat next to him and asks him to come with her to see her brother George after the performance. They are whisked away by car to a sinister upper floor apartment in Jermyn Street, where the affair becomes more and more enigmatic.

  • Audio Arcadia's Short Stories - Volume One (






UNABRIDGED) by Bridget Arregger, John Bunting, Paul Cassidy, Janet Gogerty Narrated by David Robins, Fiona Thomson

    Audio Arcadia's Short Stories - Volume One

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    • By Bridget Arregger, John Bunting, Paul Cassidy, and others
    • Narrated By David Robins, Fiona Thomson
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    "A Good Brandy", by John Bunting: James Branding has been Prime Minister for only three weeks, when his phone rings late one night. As he answers it, little does he know that in the next few hours he will be fighting to save the nation from the gravest danger it has faced for over 70 years. Also includes "The Ambassadors", by Janet Gogerty; "The Duck and Thistle", by Bridget Arregger; and "Esther", by Paul Cassidy.

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  • Twenty Strange Stories: Uncanny and Bizarre Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by O. Henry, Jerome K. Jerome, G. K. Chesterton, Barry Pain, Katherine Mansfield, Stacy Aumonier, George Sand Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Twenty Strange Stories: Uncanny and Bizarre Tales

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    • By O. Henry, Jerome K. Jerome, G. K. Chesterton, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A wonderful selection of some of the most bizarre and unsettling stories ever written.

  • The Furnished Room (






UNABRIDGED) by O. Henry Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Furnished Room

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    • By O. Henry
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    O. Henry's poignant ghost story of a young man seeking his lost love in the city. When he rents a furnished room in the lower West Side, he senses from a mysterious and familiar scent that his lost love has recently stayed there. The ghostly essence of his lover exercises a very strange and sinister effect on him.