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Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories | [Julian Hawthorne (editor)]

Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories

In the six volumes of the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this 1907 collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the first volume, we find stories written by American authors.
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This audiobook is from the fourth volume of a six-volume collection of diverse mystery and detective stories from around the world, assembled by Julian Hawthorne. From a letter to Roman Senator L. Licinius Sura written by Pliny the Younger in the 1st Century CE describing his experiences with the supernatural to tales from all over Europe throughout the early 20th-century that touch on tragic irony, horrific torture, Faustian deals and mystery, this audiobook has many rare gems. Most notable is Voltaire’s "The Babylonian", considered by some to be the primogenitor of the detective genre. Scott Woodside performs the collection lending this audio the air of a radio drama with his deep driving voice.

Publisher's Summary

In the six volumes of the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this 1907 collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the first volume, we find stories written by American authors.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 01-21-13
    WriterGirl Washington, D.C. 01-21-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Reader should have learned French."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first few stories were written by French authors. Unfortunately the reader had not learned French and he mispronounced such simple words as "monsieur" which he pronounced as "moan-sewer." As a lifelong mystery reader, some of these stories were predictable. So, I look for how the story is told. They were so-so overall.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Woodside?

    Anyone who knew how to speak French.


    Was Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Chicago, Illinois, United States 02-07-14
    Laurie Chicago, Illinois, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Actually Mysteries"
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    None of the stories I listened to were mysteries or detective stories. I only listened to a few and then gave up so there may have been some hidden gems that I missed.

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    "library of the worlds best mystery & detective sto"

    The stories are engaging and interesting, however, the enjoyment is spoiled by the narrator: Scott Woodside's extraordinary mispronunciations.

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