The stories included are: 'The Absence of Mr. Glass', 'The Paradise of Thieves', 'The Duel of Dr Hirsch', 'The Man in the Passage', 'The Mistake of the Machine', 'The Head of Caesar', 'The Purple Wig', 'The Perishing of the Pendragons', 'The God of the Gongs', 'The Salad of Colonel Cray', 'The Strange Crime of John Boulnois', and 'The Fairy Tale of Father Brown'.
(P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
The 7 stories included are complete and well-read, and the recording quality is good.
However, since 5 of the stories are omitted, this audiobook is, most certainly, abridged.
If it had been truly, as your listing proclaimed, "unabridged."
Graham's performance is superb -- giving each character his or her own distinct voice, but not so much that it annoys (as happens all too frequently on audiobooks, where readers sometimes break into jarringly exaggerated accents). Also, judging by the words Graham chooses to emphasize in each sentence, he seems, at least, to be gratifyingly familiar with the stories.
The audiobook was a disappointment because it contains only eight of the dozen stories that make up "The Wisdom of Father Brown." For the record, here are the contents of the audiobook:
1 The Absence of Mr Glass
2 The Paradise of Thieves
3 The Duel of Dr Hirsch
4 The Man in the Passage
5 The Head of Caesar
6 The Purple Wig
7 The Perishing of the Pendragons
8 The Mistake of the Machine
(Let me note, too, that this last story is the fifth story in the collection, so why it's been moved to the end on this version is ... well, a mystery.)
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