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A glorious collection of some of the finest British short stories ever written.

  • The Dog – Arnold Bennet
  • Not On The Passenger List – Barry Pain
  • The Old Man’s Tale About The Queer Client – Charles Dickens
  • The Half Brothers – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Veiled Portrait – James McGovan
  • Markheim – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Bottle Imp – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Adventures Of The Kind Mr. Smith – William J. Locke
  • The Man Of Mystery – Barry Pain
  • The Brazilian Cat – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Public Domain (P)2011 Red Door Audiobooks

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  • Mike
  • Valencia, Spain
  • 02-07-12

My favorite tales - but not my favorite lilt

This is a collection which entices by the list of stories and authors - cream of the crop.
However I found Cathy's lilt not one I could listen to. Her pace and the comprehension she brought to such varied styles were good but the intonation as to my ear, forced and inverted. Most frustrating! I checked many samples of her other readings and this varies slightly from earlier ones and it may be better suited to the cadences and exaggerations of nursery rhymes - a book of which she herself has produced. I would certainly try and listen again to her telling of these great tales if this lilt was toned down...

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  • Anne
  • 04-07-12

Can't listen to this!

At first I couldn't figure out what this narrator was trying to do with her unbearably singsong voice, then I did some research and realise she is reading for children - her delivery is beyond annoying and I can't listen to her. I really urge you to listen to a sample before you spend money on this oddity! I couldn't get past the second story and am very annoyed, I really wanted to hear these short stories - shame on you Audible for not explaining this is a childrens' book and shame on me for not listening to a sample first!

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  • L. Brigden
  • 05-12-17

Awful narrator!

Only managed a few paragraphs. The narrator's voice is dreadful. Great stories I'm sure but I really couldn't get past the way the narrator dragged out the end of every phrase.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-02-16

Really irritatating narration

The narrators performance completely gets in the way of the stories. I tried for an hour but couldn't cope for any longer. Maybe it's just me, but listen to the clip before you consider buying. A shame, because I was looking forward to some classic short stories.

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