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The stories were well chosen, mostly ones I had already read but enough new-to-me gems to keep this interesting. The problem with the presentation is that it is disconcerting to have only SOME of the stories introduced with the story and author names [and better yet, narrator name, too]. How much time and money could a fast identification per story have added? A Table of Contents (and a better way to search by story) would have been a HUGE help.
The bottom line is that this could have been SO much better with simple better organization. All of the individual pieces were good; the fault was in the package.
The narrator selections were wonderful. What's not to love about the line up? Hugh Laurie, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Fry, Mamie McCoy go without saying, but Nigel Hawthorne reading Lewis Carroll could have been the highest point, even if the Carroll story wasn't the strongest literature.
The readers do not read the names or authors of the stories. This is very weird. It is hard for me to enjoy the stories without first hearing the title and author of the story.
Although the content of this book was very good and the readers excellent I was very disappointed not to have a list of contents, ability to search and find a story to listen to again and a too-quick follow-on from story to story. At the very minimum a content list should be provided to enhance enjoyment.
"A Pleasant Listen"
I enjoyed this very much. The narrators and sound quality was very good. The stories themselves are mostly engaging and enjoyable, though I'm sure in a varied collection like this every listener will find at least one story they don't like.
The only negative I can think of is that it may not be something I can listen to again and again. Most short stories rely on a surprise or twist at the end, and once you have heard it once they can't hold you in the same suspense. I will certainly give it another listen in a few months when I've hopefully forgotten some of the endings!
"Gentle stories well told"
This is a series of short stories by different writers. The stories are old-fashioned, and quite gentle in tone, but the narrators are all exceptionally gifted in bringing them to life.
Excellent collection of stort stories by some great story tellers. I put on my iphone at bedtime to help me sleep.
Over the top foppish waffle about nothing, rather irritating after a while.Never finished the work.
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