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Publisher's Summary

Fifty great classic short stories selected from the works of the best writers of the last century.

  • "Juxtapositions", by Stacy Aumonier
  • "The Misogynist", by Henry Prothero
  • "Lost in a Pyramid", by Louisa May Alcott
  • "An Egyptian Cigarette" by Kate Chopin
  • "The Roman Road", by Kenneth Grahame
  • "The Mark of the Beast", by Rudyard Kipling
  • "My Adventure in Norfolk", by A. J. Alan
  • "Gabriel-Ernest", by Saki
  • "The Mother Stone", by John Galsworthy
  • "The Egg", by Sherwood Anderson
  • "Rats", by M. R. James
  • "The Ring of Thoth", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "The Ship That Saw a Ghost", by Frank Norris
  • "The Brothers", by Stacy Aumonier
  • "The Girl Who Was Tired of Love", by Leonard Merrick
  • "The Idiot", by Arnold Bennet
  • "Found on a Drowned Man", by Guy de Maupassant
  • "An Undergraduate’s Aunt", by F. Anstey
  • "H2 etc.", by A. J. Alan
  • "The Wolf", by Guy de Maupassant
  • "The Black Cat", by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Chaplet", by Saki
  • "The Grey Parrot", by W. W. Jacobs
  • "The One Million Pound Banknote", by Mark Twain
  • "Major Namby", by Wilkie Collins
  • "Blackmail", by John Galsworthy
  • "A Lucky Number", by S. B. Hale
  • and other stories
Public Domain (P)2014 Red Door Audiobooks

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Great collection but terrible narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator's very strange accent is very off-putting, as is the cadence and intonation of her voice. It's hard to get past it and almost ruins what would be an excellently curated collection.

What did you like best about this story?

It was an interesting and eclectic collection that went from the very funny to the very macabre.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

No.

Do you think Fifty Great Classic Stories needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe one narrated by a different author?...

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  • pisyx
  • Minneapolis, MN USA
  • 12-13-14

Very wierd accent. Hard to stay with the tale. Bad

What would have made Fifty Great Classic Stories better?

A better voice without the forced accent that makes following the stories impossible.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

No, Never.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

No. Never.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

The ability to lose yourself in an audiobook with the keys to imagination open has been destroyed by the narrator.

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personally did not like it

never did finish it. I like to know who the authors are and it was confusing it ran together

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  • MRS
  • 10-24-14

dreadful narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This was absolutely awful ... I wanted to enjoy it but the awful monotonous droning of Cathy Dobson as the narrator spoilt it totally. I only managed to listed to 1-1/2 stories before snatching my headphones off.... Awful awful awful. So disappointed as I have no doubt the stories are great.

How could the performance have been better?

see above

Any additional comments?

Please redo this collection with a different narrator. Just because she's an author in her own right, does not make her a good reader!! I note one other reviewer also made similar comments.

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