Short Stories: The Thinking Man's Collection

Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
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A collection of witty, warm, mysterious short stories from some of the best classic authors.

This fine collection of intelligent, unabridged short stories about intriguing, interesting and sometimes inspirational men is an audio treat for young and old, male or female. A carefully compiled anthology featuring timeless tales from classic authors including Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Anton Chekhov, read by a cast of acclaimed and respected actors, including Stephen Fry, Martin Jarvis and Kerry Shale; this compilation will be enjoyed by the whole family.

'Mr. Cosway and the Landlady' by Wilkie Collins, read by Rupert Degas

'A School Story' by M. R. James, read by Martin Jarvis

'The Poor Relation’s Story' by Charles Dickens, read by Martin Jarvis

'White Stockings' by Edgar Wallace, read by Jonathan Firth

'The Music on the Hill' by Saki, read by Martin Jarvis

'A Point of Detail' by Sapper, read by Jonathan Firth

'On Cademuir Hill' by John Buchan, read by Iain Cuthbertson

'Pat Hobby’s Secret' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Kerry Shale

'My Cat Jeoffrey' by Christopher Smart, read by Richard Griffiths and Liza Goddard

'The Fable of the Man with the Golden Brain' by Alphonse Daudet, read by Stephen Fry

'Luck' by Mark Twain, read by Jonathan Firth

'The Clock that Went Backward' by Edward Page Mitchell, read by Nick Henson

'The Dancing Partner' by Jerome K Jerome, read by Jonathan Firth

'A Day in the Country' by Anton Checkhov, read by Martin Jarvis

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Mixed

I really enjoyed the stories in the first part of the collection. The stories in the last part are more science fiction. Still interesting, but not what I would consider mysteries. The narration is good throughout, unlike with many collections.

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Not all there

While the description helpfully itemizes the contents and associated readers, it is misleading in that neither The Poor Relation nor The Music on the Hill were found in the files I downloaded.

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Stories Very Dated

Apart from the story about the race horses, which was very enjoyable, the stories are all very dated . They seem to ramble and be very verbose and not get to the story. Several presuppose a suspension of rational belief and a general belief in the supernatural which I do not believe is common today.

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  • T. Piper
  • 04-02-18

Edgar Wallace book was the best

A few of the stories were boring and lacked the right material which had me slipping ahead.

The Edgar Wallace book is well worth a listen.

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  • Blackbishop
  • 04-23-18

enjoyable light read

A strange collection, loosely coonected by an idea of the unusual or mysterious. The stories are 19th century to early 20th so the twists are now cliched. But for light entertainment it is an easy listen.