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A wonderful collection of 30 of the greatest detective and mystery stories ever written. Featuring all the great classic sleuths, including Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Max Carrados, Dr. Thorndyke and Madame Rosika Storey.

  • 'Who killed Charlie Winpole?' By Ernest Bramah
  • 'The Blue Cross' by G. K. Chesterton
  • 'The Problem of the Five Marks' by Melville Davisson Post
  • 'The Comedy at Fountain Cottage' by Ernest Bramah
  • 'The Mysterious Card' by Cleveland Moffett
  • 'The Card Unveiled' by Cleveland Moffett
  • 'The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 'The Missing Years' by Barry Pain
  • 'A Costume Piece' by E. W. Hornung
  • 'The Missing Witness Sensation' by Ernest Bramah
  • 'The Purple Wig' by G. K. Chesterton
  • 'Double Demon' by W. F. Harvey
  • 'The Blue Sequin' by R. Austin Freeman
  • 'The Mystery of the Steel Room by Thomas W. Hanshew
  • 'The Paradise of Thieves' by G. K. Chesterton
  • 'The Adventure of the Three Garridebs' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 'The Murder at Fernhurst' by Hulbert Footner
  • 'The Lake' by W. F. Harvey
  • 'A Thread of Scarlet' by J. J. Bell
  • 'The Perfect Murder' by Stacy Aumonier
  • 'The Mind-Readers' by Edgar Wallace
  • 'Unwinding' by Barry Pain
  • 'The Perfect Crime' by Seamark
  • 'The Silver Mask' by Hugh Walpole
  • The Magnet' by Barry Pain
  • 'The Biter Bit' by Wilkie Collins
  • 'The Stolen White Elephant' by Mark Twain
  • 'The Gold Bug' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'The Case of the White Footprints' by R. Austin Freeman
  • 'The Curious Circumstances of the Two Left Shoes' by Ernest Bramah

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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HORRIBLE NARRATION

Cathy Dobson has a terrible speech habit of emphasising the last syllable of each senTENCE. So that it sounds like THIS. It's really annoying to listen TO. I managed to get through the first stoRY. But when I found she was doing it on the next one TOO, I decided to return IT.

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GREAT

It is a great book of short stories except for chapter 10 and 11 being the same story.

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wait until the end!

great collection. loved a few a lot! the read isn't the greatest but doesn't take away from many timeless tales

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  • AMcT
  • 08-26-15

Good Stories - horrible narration.

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

Absolutely not.

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

Someone who doesn't drawl and growl.

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

Interest in the stories but irritation with the telling.

Any additional comments?

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  • Daragh
  • 10-21-17

Great stories and a great long listen.

All good apart from the narrator who almost sounds bored and narrates in a very monotone voice at quite a slow speed. Otherwise, some excellent stories and there should be something for everyone that likes old detective stories.

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  • PPod
  • 10-04-15

Don't buy until you have listened to the sample

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

The book itself is probably fine, but for me it was totally unlistenable due the the awful narration.

What will your next listen be?

My next listen will be anything NOT read by Cathy Dobson.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

CD's intonation was awful, her sing-song narration was dire and did not vary. I had hoped that it would get better or that I would get used to it but sadly this was not the case

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I thought this book was great value for my credit and I'm sure that I would have enjoyed most of the stories, but the narration was intolerable. I'd like my money back!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-17

please sample before purchase

The content has a certain charm if you want to survey vintage crime short stories but there is no way of picking out one over another so you have to "take what comes" and some are just not that good. The real problem with this recording however is the narrator's voice. It's annoying in the extreme. Really.....sample beforehand and judge whether you can handle 30 hours of it......I didn't and I was sorry.

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  • AXG
  • 02-14-16

DON'T just don't!!!!!

Had already listened to a Max Carrados tale by Ernest Bramah narrated by Stephen Fry and found it a story that left me wanting more. So I purchased this Thirty Great Detectives Stories for more of these and a taste of other detectives. What a disappointment!!! Not the stories themselves though but the narrator's M O N O T I N O U S drawl completely killed all feeling for the stories and characters. I will never knowingly purchase a story read by Cathy Dobson ever again!
My ratings should not be a seen as a reflection on the stories but that of the narrators inability to hold the listeners attention and bring life to the imagination.

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  • Lyn
  • 02-05-16

The worst narration I have ever heard

What would have made Thirty Great Detective Stories better?

A different narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She places emphasis on ALL the wrong words - is unable to speak in whole sentences which I would have thought is an essential requirement in a narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thirty Great Detective Stories?

Wouldn't have employed that narrator

Any additional comments?

Please don't employ that narrator again! She utterly ruined this series of excellent works.

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