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The Other Place and Other Stories of the Same Sort

Narrated by: David Sweeney-Bear
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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"These stories say something meaningful, as well as relate an anecdote. They are not only examples of narrative skill, but exhibitions of social truth." (Saturday Review)

"Priestley is one of the finest and most popular storytellers of the last hundred years. We are now aware many of his stories have a prophetic quality." (Dame Margaret Drabble)

"[H]ighly readable and provocative." [Sunday Herald (Sydney)]

J. B. Priestley (1894-1984) was a versatile and prolific novelist and playwright, but in The Other Place (1953), he shows an unexpected talent, proving himself a master of the weird tale. In "The Grey Ones", Mr. Patson visits a psychiatrist after he becomes convinced that a race of demons masquerading as men are plotting the overthrow of the human race...but what if he's not insane? In "Guest of Honour", a banquet speech becomes a horrifying affair when the keynote speaker realizes his audience is made up of monstrous and menacing creatures. "The Leadington Incident" recounts the disturbing experience of a cabinet minister who suddenly perceives that though the people around him move and talk as though alive, they are all actually just animated corpses or sleepwalking zombies. The nine tales in this collection are strange, fantastic, and often unsettling, and they represent Priestley at his best.

©1953 J. B. Priestley (P)2019 Valancourt Books LLC

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Sometimes classics or better!

I love classic stories from a new genre and so when I got this short story collection I couldn’t wait to get started. I was not disappointed with the exception of two of the stories that made absolutely no sense to me but was still humorous it really was worth the read. My favorite was Mr. Smith who thought demons were ruining the world that was pretty hilarious. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because of the two story that made no sense to me. Although I did still find one of them really funny I just didn’t get the block. Other than those two stories this book is totally worth it!

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  • 01-05-20

Absorbing

I found listening to these short stories most absorbing and gripping. I particularly enjoyed listening to "Night Sequence" , " The Statues" and " Uncle Phil on TV". The narrator managed to put just the right amount of energy into narrating these stories so that the listener's attention is held and maintained throughout the story and doesn't flag towards the end. Also he uses his voice in a way which makes it possible for the listener to be able to distinguish and relate to each of the different characters present in all of the short stories.