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  • Stories to Tell in the Dark

  • 50 Terrifying Tales
  • By: E. F. Benson, W. F. Harvey, W. W. Jacobs, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

A creepy collection of 50 classic ghost, horror and mystery stories which will keep you up all night. 1. "The Well" by W. W. Jacobs; 2. "This Is All" by Barry Pain; 3. "The Beast with Five Fingers" by W. F .Harvey; 4. "The Reticence of Lady Anne" by Saki; 5. "The End of a Show" by Barry Pain; 6. "The Dabblers" by W. F. Harvey; 7. "The Room in the Tower" by E. F. Benson; 8. "August Heat" by W. F. Harvey; 9. "The Idiot" by Arnold Bennett; 10. "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe...and many more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monotonous background and occasional story

  • By Harsh Pareek on 08-23-17

Authors and Stories are fantastic, but the narrator kills it.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I'm sorry, but the narrator for this audiobook is just abysmal. I actually enjoy many of the author's whose works are showcased in this book, and was excited to see such a large collection all in one place. Unfortunately the narrator makes listening to the stories impossible. Inflection, intonation were just terrible, and it seems she narrates all of the stories included. This was a huge disappointment. Returned it shortly after purchase.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of the English Murder

  • From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock
  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early 19th century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should Come With a Spoiler Alert

  • By Jessica on 04-15-16

Should Come With a Spoiler Alert

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-16

The narrator is not very good. There are lots of mispronunciations and her overall tone is kind of awkward in general. I think that my biggest gripe with this piece however, is that it reveals the endings to several books. If you haven't read Bleak House, The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Death at the Priory or The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher I highly suggest you do so BEFORE listing to this particular book, otherwise, Spoiler Alert!, the endings will be ruined for you. Three of the books, whose plots and conclusions are spelled out, are still in my library, "unread". The latter of the five I finished long ago, and I must say that if I had listened to this book before those two I'd be pretty disappointed with the spoiled endings!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation

  • By: Trevor Marriott
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87

There have been countless attempts to solve the brutal murders committed by Jack the Ripper more than 100 years ago. It seems that almost everyone has their own theory and their own suspect, ranging from the reasonably likely to the entirely preposterous. What this most famous of British criminal cases has always required is a professional eye to analyse it with all the benefits of modern investigate techniques. Now that has been provided in the shape of the man most qualified to solve the case: former British murder-squad detective Trevor Marriott.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for the Ripper-obsessed

  • By 6catz on 12-31-12

Poorly Written and Poorly Narrated

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-15

The narrator of this book sounds like an automaton, though the book is poorly written to begin with so it's not like he had a lot to work with. Every other sentence starts with the word "however". Its use is gratingly repetitive. The author of this book seems to think too highly of his theories and his investigational inquiries. I didn't mind the lengthy section of coroners' notes and witness testimony. Truth be told that was the most interesting part. The last few chapters absolutely reek of pomposity and self aggrandizement. He makes passive aggressive remarks about other published Ripperologists and then has the chutzpah to declare that he, and he alone, has found out the true identity
of Jack the Ripper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Classic Ghost Stories 1

  • By: Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, F. Marion Crawford, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Pasco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Here is a collection of spine-tingling ghost stories, read by Richard Pasco. Featuring:
The Judge’s House by Bram Stoker
Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker
To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt by Charles Dickens
The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford
Who Knows? by Guy de Maupassant
Narrative of the Ghost of a Hand by Sheridan Le Fanu
The Furnished Room by O. Henry
The Open Window by Saki
My Own True Ghost Story by Rudyard Kipling
Called by P.C. Wren
When I was Dead by Vincent O’Sullivan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Classic Ghost Stories with a Good Narrator!

  • By Robert on 10-12-12

5 Stars

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-09

Great Stories, Fabulous Narrator!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Exodus

  • A Story from Haunted - Free Excerpt
  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A waste of time.

  • By William on 03-04-09

Loathesome

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-08

This story is horribly perverse and seems to have been written by someone with pedophilic tendencies. This piece is neither interesting nor time-worthy. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time listening to it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful