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A Century of Great Suspense Stories

By: Jeffery Deaver, Editor
Narrated by: Various Readers
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Publisher's summary

All you need to know about this great collection of the best mystery stories from the past century are the names of the great authors inside: Robert Bernard, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, Anthony Boucher, Frederic Brown, James M. Cain, Max Allan Collins, Jeffery Deaver, Stanley Ellin, Harlan Ellison, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ed Gorman, Anna Katharine Green, Jeremiah Healy, Patricia Highsmith, Reginald Hill, Tony Hillerman, Evan Hunter, Stephen King, John Lutz, John D. MacDonald, Ross MacDonald, Michael Malone, Steve Martini, Sharyn McCrumb, Margaret Millar, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky, Bill Pronzini, Ellery Queen, Ruth Rendell, Lisa Scottoline, Georges Simenon, Mickey Spillane, Rex Stout, Janwillem van de Wetering, Donald E. Westlake. See? One or more of those names rang a bell, signaling that you must read this book.
(P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

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"These 36 stories, originally published in the likes of Black Mask and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, will delight mystery lovers." (Publishers Weekly)

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Some good stories - but not the entire book

Before commenting on the book itself, it is important to note that this is not the entire unabridged book. This is not Audible.com's fault, but rather the fact that the original publisher actually only produced the first half of the book. It is rather odd, because the stories go exactly in order as the hardcover, but stop about halfway.

Having said that, let me move on to the stories themselves. Like most collections, there is some good, some not so great, and a lot in the middle. There are a couple of great gems in here however - Jeffrey Deaver's "The Weekender" was so good it was almost worth buying the book for!! Although I had read "Quitter's Inc." by Stephen King before, it is an absolutely fantastic short story. "Killing Bernstein" was also interesting.

I should also clarify that many (but not all) of these stories fall into the "detective" type of stories. I was expecting a little more quirkiness(similar to Stephen King's "non-supernatural" type of stories), but many were just short crime stories.

If you've never read "Quitter's Inc" or "The Weekender" or if you like detective stories, you'll probably enjoy this one.



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Not Mystery?

If you read the Mystery Magazines published under the names of Ellery Queen or Alfred Hitchcock few if any of these name will be a surprise. All excellent stories. The surprise was the quality of the narration. Two stories I already knew as good but skipped because the narrators were lousy. Over all, I was happy though.

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Interesting collection

This compilation was made in 2002 apparently.
I’m pretty sure indexes were around then but this production is not only without any guide/list/index, it also fails to identify the narrators.
Each section is 44+ minutes long making it very difficult to locate the beginning of a story by a particular author.
That being griped about, it is a decent collection of creepy short stories. Stephen King is at his brilliant best. However one of the most interesting points about this anthology is that many of the authors are not main stream, so I learned about an entire group of writers for future reference. Most of the narration is good. Some narrators are excellent. Every story has value and this purchase is worth the credit or coin.

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