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  • Great Classic Mysteries

  • Thirteen Unabridged Stories
  • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Kim Hicks, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Enjoy the great detectives of the Golden Age of classic mysteries in this unique collection of audio whodunits. Newly recorded for this original anthology, the crimes, criminals, and sleuths depicted here set the standard for decades to come, and remain as entertaining today as they were when first published. Fantastic narrators including Simon Prebble, Kate Fenton, Bill Wallace, and Robert Fass breathe new life into these stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best mystery anthology I've heard

  • By Linda on 06-15-14

Great stories ruined by obnoxious Audible format

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

Reviewed: 01-05-12

First-time Audible user: I bought this collection to listen to in the car (via burned cds). I was very excited about the possibility of listening to 30-min-long stories, one at a time. However, Audible's bizarre formatting of the chapters/ tracks, presumably an attempt to complicate pirating, means that it's impossible to navigate sensibly through the collection. The Audible computer software allows you to "skip" to the next chapter of a story, or skip several times to go to the next story, but this functionality disappears on any other cd player. I ended up having to listen to the last few minutes of the prior mystery - ruining any surprises it might have contained - in order to hear a particular mystery from its beginning.

If you are planning to start exactly at the first story and then listen to each and every one perfectly in order, it would only be a minor annoyance that trying to navigate will drop you into the middle of a sentence. However it is impossible to skip a story, or to select one that sounds particularly interesting, without either missing its beginning or spoiling whichever mystery came before. Very disappointed. A collection of short mysteries is a particularly poor choice for listening to away from your Audible-software player.

(Also, if I want to carry them around in the car there's a good chance they'll get damaged or scratched - which shouldn't be a big deal, except that I'll have to get "special permission" to burn any replacements. It's like I don't even own it.)

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