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Publisher's Summary

A thoroughly engaging collection of great classic tales by the very best American authors.

  • 1. 'From Beyond' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 2. 'The Mysterious Card and the Card Unveiled' by Cleveland Moffett
  • 3. 'Pigs Is Pigs' by Ellis Parker Butler
  • 4. 'The Club of One-Eyed Men' by Arthur Somers Roche
  • 5. 'Afterward' by Edith Wharton
  • 6. 'The Furnished Room' by O. Henry
  • 7. 'A Descent into the Maelström' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 8. 'Regret' by Kate Chopin
  • 9. 'The Terrible Old Man' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 10. 'The Dumb Man' by Sherwood Anderson
  • 11. 'A Desperate Adventure' by Max Adeler
  • 12. 'A Bottomless Grave' by Ambrose Bierce
  • 13. 'Cannibalism in the Cars' by Mark Twain
  • 14. 'Mr. Higginbotham’s Catastrophe' by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 15. 'The Marionettes' by O. Henry
  • 16. 'The Masque of the Red Death' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 17. 'The Storm' by Kate Chopin
  • 18. 'The Eyes' by Edith Wharton
  • 19. 'Berenice' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 20. 'Imprisoned with the Pharaohs' by Harry Houdini and H. P. Lovecraft
  • 21. 'The One Million Pound Bank Note' by Mark Twain
  • 22. 'A Lucky Number' by S. B. Hale
  • 23. 'Lost in a Pyramid' by Louisa M. Alcott
  • 24. 'The Problem of the Five Marks' by Melville Davisson Post
  • 25. 'William Wilson' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 26. 'The Venturers' by O. Henry
  • 27. 'The Cats of Ulthar' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 28. 'Submarine' by Stella Benson
  • 29. 'The Thousand and Second Tale of Sheherazade' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 30. 'The Gift of the Magi' by O. Henry

... and 10 more wonderful stories.

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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Hated narrator big time

American Stories Not Narrated In American English! Woman sounded spiteful, unpleasant, grinding, slurring it was bad.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Annoying voice

The stories are classics, but the narrators rythym was irritating. The stories themselves are fantastically written but I felt that the narrator was trying to tell a cheesy horror story to a toddler.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Didn't like narration

Narration style and accent distracted me from enjoying the stories.

Also the pause / transition between stories was so quick and monotone that I was often unsure which story I was in.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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awful!

the reader completely destroyed this book for me. I have no idea what accent she was trying to do but was really really bad. and why would she drag out words for no reason, it didn't add suspense it added nausea. not only do I not recommend this book it should be removed and the reader should be fined!

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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narrator is bad

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have only listened to the first 3 stories. I had hoped that each story would have a different narrator. But NO....

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cathy Dobson?

Don't know

Could you see The Great American Short Story Collection being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Awesome stories... voice was distracting

Most of these stories are really good, some dark, others cute. I'd share this with a teenager in my life. The narrator, however, has a nasal, annoying, British or something accent, and sometimes I couldn't concentrate on the storyline because of it. I'll never listen to anything by this voice actress again.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • CC
  • 07-16-16

Narration is awful! They're short stories, not plays!

Didn't like the actress/automated voice narrating these precious short stories. I assume the "voice" is British, and I love and watch British tv and movies....love them. But this narration is awful. Could not finish a single story with this narration. Too bad because this great story collection.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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It's alright

A wide range of quality when it comes to the stories. Too many stories are kind of dull and skippable. The Gift of the Magi is read twice.

The narrator tries to read a bit too dramatically, masking the intonation and syllables that would otherwise make meaning clear.

I'm surprised the cost is so high for books that are public domain and narration that is sub-par.

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Unbearable reader.

Unnaturally reads fast then slow. Seems to randomly emphasize certain syllables. Really too bad. Can't do it.

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Read a review of the narrator before purchasing.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The stories are good but the narrator’s affect is intolerable. I could not listen beyond the first two hours.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She used one inflection - a kind of exaggerated theatrical voice - that was not appropriate for the stories. No variation for different characters either.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Power
  • 02-15-16

Stories ruined by narration

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Cathy Dobson?

Everrrrry woord is soooo longggg - The narration is so annoying with every word dragged out....it really makes this inaudible although a shame because some of the stories are not bad.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Completely! - The narrator is awful! I gave this a 1 STAR because of the narrator - could not listen to the stories....

Any additional comments?

Avoid books from this narrator

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela Adams
  • 08-22-15

Strange short stories

A weird collection of strange stories made even weirder by the odd narrating style of Cathy Dobson. Because of this I found it hard to concentrate on the stories themselves.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful