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Publisher's Summary

A wonderful collection of 50 of the best classic ghost stories ever written.

  • 'The Missing Model' by Lettice Galbraith
  • 'Pomegranate Seed' by Edith Wharton
  • 'The Screaming Skull' by F. Marion Crawford
  • 'The Ghost in the Cupboard Room' by Wilkie Collins
  • 'The Shadow on the Blind' by Louisa Baldwin
  • 'A Ghost's Revenge' by Lettice Galbraith
  • 'The Lost Ghost' by Mary Wilkins-Freeman
  • 'On the Northern Ice' by Elia W. Peattie
  • 'The Cold Embrace' by Mary E. Braddon
  • 'The Dust Cloud' by E. F. Benson
  • 'The Haunted Dolls' House' by M. R. James
  • 'For the Blood Is the Life' by F. Marion Crawford
  • 'Miss Mary Pask' by Edith Wharton
  • 'Mrs Raeburn's Waxwork' by Eleanor Smith
  • 'The Man with the Roller' by E. G. Swain
  • 'Over an Absinthe Bottle' by W. C. Morrow
  • 'The Diary of Mr. Poynter' by M. R. James
  • 'The Snow' by Hugh Walpole
  • 'They' by Rudyard Kipling
  • 'The Evil Clergyman' by H. P. Lovecraft

Plus 30 more classic ghost stories....

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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Great Narrator.

The stories in this collection are all of the highest possible quality; they are classics. So, what makes them a great or a not so great audio book is the narrator. This narrator is not an actor she is a story teller and a great one at that. I can listen to her voice for longer than any other narrator I have heard so far and I have over 200 titles in my library. If you are looking for someone who does all the imagination for you, you will be disappointed but if you are looking for someone who will wake up and enthrall your native imagination and let the beauty of the writing speak for itself then you will love it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful selection of classic stories.

Some very obscure gems make for an interesting trip through the late 1800's/early 1900's. More 'haunting' than 'horrific', it still does include a few genuine chills.

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Eccentric Reading

I love these stories, but I am having some trouble with Dobson's reading, and I mean no offense to her. Her accent and intonations are unusual, and somehow I find them... not conducive to paying attention. I guess I am having a hard time following the tone of the tales, so I get distracted and find I haven't been listening for 15-20 minutes. I start over, same problem. A bit sad because I love ghost stories so, and was looking forward to hours of them, but, not working for me.

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  • Kathy
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 06-20-16

I agree on narration

Good narration is the heart of an audiobook - cannot understand this narrator and
just gave up on it. And believe me, I listen to lots of ghost stories and mysteries.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great stories ! Really annoying narrator !!

This is an interesting, diverse choice of stories of good quality.
I dread the narration.

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I could not get through 5 minutes

I am certain that the stories are amazing, but I could not follow along due to the narrator’s style. I do not wish to offend her (and I see that others enjoyed her style) but it did not work for me.

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I never slept so well



When it said ghost stories I was hoping for a chill or two. instead I was bored to tears . Not only where these ghost stories rather dull so was the narrator her inflections and rhythm got annoying before she was even done with the first story. I want my money back i

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Not happy with this purchase

The narrator was extremely dry and hard to understand when she changed her voice for multiple characters. It also sounds like she is trying to have a monotonous argument with herself.

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The worst performance ever,

I just couldn’t stand listening to this women’s voice for another second after the third story! She ends every sentence with a reverberation!!! Total waste of money!

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  • Joseph Jewell
  • 02-28-16

Text to speach

Beware, this is a Text-to-Speech automated reading and the appalling intonation makes it unlistenable nonsense.

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  • anita weir
  • 01-30-17

Fifty Classic Ghost Stories

Dreadfully read, with weird inappropriate intonation. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone and can't bear to listen to anymore. Hugely disappointing.

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  • Julie
  • 01-06-16

very poor

what a load of rubbish. stories go on and on making no sense and the narrator has to be the most talentless person ever. no charisma what so ever. give this a miss. I'm annoyed I wasted my credit on this!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • 02-29-16

Good Stories Completely Ruined

These are good stories but are completely ruined by the narrator. Cathy Dobson's voice is grating. I couldn't absorb the story being told due to her seriously irritating voice. Surely, somebody at Audible must listen to these before publishing.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Hawk
  • 04-13-16

I struggled to make it past the second story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd recommend the book but not this audiobook

What other book might you compare Fifty Classic Ghost Stories to, and why?

any other "classic ghost story" books

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

A mix of male and female readers. Generally someone who can actually read properly

Did Fifty Classic Ghost Stories inspire you to do anything?

get the book out of the library and read it myself

Any additional comments?

This is ruined by the narrator. My own fault as I should have played a sample. The reader has strange inflections which are very very irritating. I honestly haven't heard someone, presumably professional, read a book so poorly. I couldn't listen to it after a while. I kept hoping it would get better but didn't. A shame as i know some of the stories but couldnt get past the second story.

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  • Andy C.
  • 08-29-18

Fifty classic ghost stories

The book contains excellent writers however the narrator voice is irritating after a, short, while.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lin
  • 08-14-18

Terrible narrator

Whilst I am sure that these stories are wonderful, the narration was atrocious. I actually had to stop listening and move on to another book. Very disappointed as I paid for the book and was looking forward to the stories.

I found this narrator appalling and will make sure not to purchase any books narrated by her in future. Shame I cannot get a credit back.

Very very disappointed

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  • Chris Oxley
  • 04-27-18

Classic stories, badly presented

Reading stories more than, say, 100 years old, requires a good deal of skill and can bring difficult literature to life. Sadly this reader seems to have honed her skills on a decade or two of UK local radio commercials, and perhaps some Christmas panto in her local village hall. Combine this with a refreshingly relaxed approach to pronouncing 'difficult' words, and we have an audio experience that is not quite what I was hoping for. Harsh, maybe, but people on Libravox do this better for love, not for money.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • E. Cook
  • 09-18-17

Classic stories ruined by odd narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the narrator

What didn’t you like about Cathy Dobson’s performance?

Very odd inflection, inappropriate emphasis and narration completely unsympathetic to the stories, has the odd and luckily rare effect of making them hard to listen to. Don't waste a credit.

Any additional comments?

Buyer beware.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • ann
  • 04-12-17

Terrible

This woman's voice is totally distracting making the book unlistenable. I made the mistake of purchasing two books read by her ...never again

4 of 6 people found this review helpful