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Stories to Tell in the Dark

50 Terrifying Tales
Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
Length: 25 hrs and 14 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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A creepy collection of 50 classic ghost, horror and mystery stories which will keep you up all night.

1. "The Well" by W. W. Jacobs
2. "This Is All" by Barry Pain
3. "The Beast with Five Fingers" by W. F .Harvey
4. "The Reticence of Lady Anne" by Saki
5. "The End of a Show" by Barry Pain
6. "The Dabblers" by W. F. Harvey
7. "The Room in the Tower" by E. F. Benson
8. "August Heat" by W. F. Harvey
9. "The Idiot" by Arnold Bennett
10. "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
11. "The Bath Chair" by E. F. Benson
12. "The Mezzotint" by M. R. James
13. "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe
14. "The Thing in the Hall" by E. F. Benson
15. "Fingers of a Hand" by H. D. Everett
16. "Moon’s Gibbet" by Egerton Castle
17. "The Magnet" by Barry Pain
18. "The Horror Horn" by E. F. Benson
19. "A Very Black Business" by Ernest Bramah
20. "The Mysterious Card and the Card Unveiled" by Cleveland Moffett
21. "Outside the Door" by E. F. Benson
22. "Query" by Seamark
23. "My Adventure at Chislehurst" by A. J. Alan
24. "The Dancing Partner" by Jerome K. Jerome
25. "Afterward" by Edith Wharton
26. "Caterpillars" by E. F. Banson
27. "The Severed Hand" by Wilhelm Hauff
28. "The Hair" by A. J. Alan
29. "A Witch in the Peak" by R. Murray Gilchrist
30. "The Haunted Dolls House" by M. R. James

...and 20 more terrifying tales.

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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Great stories.... the narrator not so much

The stories are all amazing classics. Solid, spooky stories. The narrator, Cathy Dobson has such a strange meter to her voice, and odd emphasis on random words, it nearly made this unlistenable

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Monotonous background and occasional story

I enjoyed it, but collected stories weren't great. Not scary, suspenseful. Classic authors, mediocre stories. Overall it was OK if you wanted to listen to something on a long drive. It's not bad in the sense you'd go to sleep while driving, but if you were looking for a scary book, I'd suggest Creepypasta podcasts. Narrator was something you'd hear from a Jane Austin novel, so pretty good. But it is as you'd expect from a. Collection of classical horror stories. (Wow, a detached hand in running amok. So scary... ) price of this is definitely due to the hours of reading. Probably would listen again if I had to fill another large gap of time.

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Authors and Stories are fantastic, but the narrator kills it.

I'm sorry, but the narrator for this audiobook is just abysmal. I actually enjoy many of the author's whose works are showcased in this book, and was excited to see such a large collection all in one place. Unfortunately the narrator makes listening to the stories impossible. Inflection, intonation were just terrible, and it seems she narrates all of the stories included. This was a huge disappointment. Returned it shortly after purchase.

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  • Maxwell Justus Mitchell
  • 10-06-18

Worst Narrator on Audible

Such a shame to have such a marvellous collection of short stories totally and utterly ruined by the single worst narrator I've ever heard in my life. Her voice is comically bad; it's like a caricature; it's like someone who's trying to read badly on purpose as part of a practical joke.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-18

The Voice

I've never written a review before but this performance by the narrator was so poor I felt the need to warn others. I bought this to entertain myself and my fiancée on a long car journey and as it was late in the evening I bought it without listening to the sample. Never again. If you do not heed my review and listen to her in the sample and buy it because you think she sounds great then wonderful! At least take my advice away with you and always, always listen to the sample.


In my opinion the narrator's voice is robotic and sounds like someone who speaks every word as they read it off the page. The mispronunciation of some words, the drawing out of other words (so they can read the next I presume), the strange intonation and random changes in volume all combined for a faux-comic performance which after about 10 minutes we were both laughing along to in the car. The problem was that while it was funny we couldn't concentrate on some of the best ghost stories ever written.

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  • Miss Rebecca McCrery
  • 08-13-19

Awful Narrator

This collection of ghosts stories is
completely ruined by the narrator, she is just terrible. Her voice and speech style is very odd and off putting and there is zero emotion in her voice. I have no idea if the stories in this book are any good because I couldn’t bear to listen to her read them. Awful, awful, awful.