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The Strange Orchid | [H.G. Wells]

The Strange Orchid

Speculative novelist H.G. Wells wrote engaging short fiction dealing with the strange, the unsettling, and the unknown. Here, Ralph Cosham lends his narrative expertise to 5 classic tales. "The Strange Orchid" concerns a horticulturist who must contend with the macabre appetites of an exotic orchid. "The Truth About Pyecraft" explains why an overbearing fat man wears lead underwear. "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" recounts the problems with defying nature. "The Purple Pileus" deals with a life-altering fungus. Finally, in "Aepyornis Island," a man has a special relationship with a prehistoric bird.
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Speculative novelist H.G. Wells wrote engaging short fiction dealing with the strange, the unsettling, and the unknown. Here, Ralph Cosham lends his narrative expertise to 5 classic tales. "The Strange Orchid" concerns a horticulturist who must contend with the macabre appetites of an exotic orchid. "The Truth About Pyecraft" explains why an overbearing fat man wears lead underwear. "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" recounts the problems with defying nature. "The Purple Pileus" deals with a life-altering fungus. Finally, in "Aepyornis Island," a man has a special relationship with a prehistoric bird.

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What the Critics Say

"Wells exploits the baroque nature of British speech, his characters telling first-person tales that are prone to unexpected curves and twists. [Cosham's reading] is dry-witted and droll, giving these literary chestnuts an acerbic bite." (Publishers Weekly)

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    this is unlistenable. it is terrible. i cant stand it. i have never heard anything so terrible on audible. this is the bottom of their collection. i cant believe they charge money for this.

    now be assured, friend, i like "vintage" programs. i like those that are old and those that sound old. but this is not vintage, this is garbage.

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