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The Great American Short Story Collection Audiobook

The Great American Short Story Collection: 40 Outstanding Tales by American Writers

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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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    Victoria 08-24-15
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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.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    PC 12-03-15
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    "Hated narrator big time"

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

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 02-04-16
    Jason 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 01-08-16
    Jamie 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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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!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 10-20-15
    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 10-20-15 Member Since 2017

    Retired US Navy Submariner. Served in 2 Diesel boats, 2 fast attacks and 2 SSBNs Retired as Master Chief. Worked in civilian Nuclear power plants as a second career.

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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


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 10-08-16
    Rebecca 10-08-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-23-17
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    "Terrible narration. Grating, undulating misery."

    Great stories by great authors narrated by a very unpleasant, irritating voice that will have you wishing for a print edition. Sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mythrwinds 08-30-17
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    "Dreadful Narrator"

    I'm not sure I can finish this much anticipated book. The narrator is awful. The stories are excellent though - kind of ruined by the reader. What a shame!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Girgenti 08-30-17 Member Since 2014

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator


    What other book might you compare The Great American Short Story Collection to and why?

    I have had a hard time finding short story anthologies on Audible, so, unfortunately, I don't have any other book to compare this one to. However the fault is not with the stories, of course, which are all classics.


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

    Absolutely not. Wish I could return the book because I simply can't get past her. Sorry.


    Was The Great American Short Story Collection worth the listening time?

    I haven't even been able to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stew 08-12-17
    Stew 08-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't take the narrator"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Cathy Dobson?

    Dobson has a quirky pattern of inflection that might appeal to some, but it was off-putting to me. I'd listen to the sample first.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    2/15/16
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    "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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela Adams
    8/22/15
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    "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

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