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  • E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories: read by Mark Gatiss | E. F. Benson

    E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories: read by Mark Gatiss

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Mark Gatiss
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    Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson. There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that? Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill.

    Meep says: "Gatiss and Benson, a superb combination"
  • The Great Short Story Collection: 66 Classic Gems of the Short Story Genre | Barry Pain,O. Henry,Charles Dickens,E. F. Benson,Stacy Aumonier,Katherine Mansfield,W. F. Harvey

    The Great Short Story Collection: 66 Classic Gems of the Short Story Genre

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Barry Pain, O. Henry, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    The short story is considered to be one of the most challenging genres because of the need for compact plotlines and the ability to conjure up atmosphere and character in a few sentences and to engage the reader instantly. This collection presents 66 of the greatest examples of the genre - many of them well known, some hidden literary treasures, all of them exquisite examples of the short story at its finest.

    Laura Ridley says: "Loved listening to the different stories."
  • Queen Lucia | E. F. Benson

    Queen Lucia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    England between the wars was a paradise of utter calm and leisure for the very, very rich. But into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the pomp and subdued nature of her class. With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, she upends the greats of high society.

    Meg says: "A delight"
  • Fifty Classic Ghost Stories | E. F. Benson,Edith Wharton,F. Marion Crawford,Lettice Galbraith,Hugh Walpole,Charles Dickens,D. H. Lawrence

    Fifty Classic Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson, Edith Wharton, F. Marion Crawford, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    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, and many more.

    Kathy says: "I agree on narration"
  • Thirty Tiny Tales | H. G. Wells,O. Henry,M. R. James,Kate Chopin,E. F. Benson,John Galsworthy,Virginia Woolf

    Thirty Tiny Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells, O. Henry, M. R. James, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Thirty little gems by some of the world's great classic short story writers, including: 'The Flying Man' by H. G. Wells, 'Between Rounds' by O. Henry, 'A School Story' by M. R. James, 'A Pair of Silk Stockings' by Kate Chopin, 'A Deal in Ostriches' by H. G. Wells, 'The Piano Next Door' by Elia W. Peattie, 'Royal Visitors' by E. F. Benson, 'The Stolen Bacillus' by H. G. Wells, 'The Story of Chugoro' by Lafcadio Hearn, 'One Law for the Rich' by Stacy Aumonier, 'My Enemy and Myself' by Vincent O'Sullivan and more.

  • Miss Mapp | E. F. Benson

    Miss Mapp

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Miss Elizabeth Mapp, magnificent grande dame and heiress, is always on the lookout lest her neighbors fall outside the bounds of perfect, exemplary manners. But her tightly controlled world is soon beset on all sides by interlopers, first in the disturbingly masculine form of two very different retired army officers, both of whom are anything but retiring in their conflicting aims upon her heart.

    G. Griffin says: "Classic British Turn of the Century Comedy"
  • The Great British Short Story Collection | Barry Pain,E. F. Benson,Stacy Aumonier,W. F. Harvey,W. W. Jacobs,Wilkie Collins,John Buchan

    The Great British Short Story Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Barry Pain, E. F. Benson, Stacy Aumonier, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A gripping collection of over 50 of the greatest short stories written by great British writers. 1."The Missing Years" by Barry Pain, 2. "His Brother's Keeper" by W. W. Jacobs, 3. "A Madman's Manuscript" by Charles Dickens, 4. "The House of Cobwebs" by Barry Pain, 5. "Old Fags" by Stacy Aumonier, 6. "A Long-Ago Affair" by John Galsworthy, 7. "August Heat" by W. F. Harvey, 8. "The Dabblers" by W. F. Harvey, 9. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain

    Transport Kaff says: "Awful Voice of Reader!!!"
  • Mrs. Ames | E. F. Benson

    Mrs. Ames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Nathalie Boltt
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    E. F. Benson, best known for his irresistible Mapp and Lucia novels set in the fictional town of Tilling, England, was a prolific and beloved novelist. Though the Mapp and Lucia books remain popular to this day, this kindred book will be back in print for the first time since its initial publication. The son of E. W. Benson, archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 to 1896, the young E. F. Benson was educated at Marlborough School and at King's College, Cambridge.

    Anne says: "If you like the comedy of manners"
  • Queen Lucia: The BBC Radio 4 Dramatization | E. F. Benson,Aubrey Woods

    Queen Lucia: The BBC Radio 4 Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson, Aubrey Woods
    • Narrated By Barbara Jefford, Jonathan Cecil, full cast
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    Barbara Jefford is the hilariously outrageous Lucia in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the novel by E.F. Benson. Lucia is the uncrowned queen of 1920s provincial society, the Everest of social climbers and the most delicious of snobs. In the pastoral serenity of the village of Riseholme, Lucia and her unforgettable cronies face up to an Indian guru, spiritualism, and a cultural usurper.

  • Lucia in London | E F Benson

    Lucia in London

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E F Benson
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
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    Using her best social-climbing instincts and refusing to be embarrassed, Lucia sets out to conquer London and mingle with the beau monde. Soon a secret group of 'Luciaphiles' springs up; the social climbers who make up its rank never tire of watching her get into and out of all kinds of trouble.

  • Fifty Gothic Tales | E. F. Benson,Wilkie Collins,Rudyard Kipling,Arthur Conan Doyle,W. W. Jacobs,Edgar Allan Poe,Edith Wharton

    Fifty Gothic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson, Wilkie Collins, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A creepy collection of the very best Gothic tales from the masters of suspense, horror, supernatural and occult fiction. 1.The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson 2.Afterward by Edith Wharton 3.The Green Light by Barry Pain 4.Fingers of a Hand by H. D. Everett 5.The Squaw by Bram Stoker 6.The Dancing Partner by Jerome K. Jerome 7.Lost in a Pyramid by Louisa M. Alcott 8.The Girl who was Tired of Love by Leonard Merrick 9.The Parasite by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 10.The House with the Brick Kiln by E. F.

  • Twenty-Minute Stories: Over Fifty Classic Short Stories | B. M. Croker,Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne,W. C. Morrow,Barry Pain,W. F. Harvey,E. F. Benson,P. C. Wren

    Twenty-Minute Stories: Over Fifty Classic Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By B. M. Croker, Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne, W. C. Morrow, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Over 50 great classic short stories, each around 20 minutes in length - perfect for short journeys, bedtime listening and those moments in between.... 'The Khitmatgar' by B. M. Croker, 'The Mummy of Thompson Pratt' by Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne, 'The Ghost at the Blue Dragon' by William J. Wintle, 'A Tropical Horror' by William Hope Hodgson, 'Miracles' by Barry Pain, 'The Dust That Was Barren' by P. C. Wren, 'His Unconquerable Enemy' by W. C. Morrow, 'A Tiger’s Skin' by W. W. Jacobs....

    Valerie says: "Couldn't finish"
  • Tales of Horror and Suspense: 50 Great Classic Horror Stories | H. P. Lovecraft,E. F. Benson,Robert E. Howard,W. F. Harvey,Edgar Allan Poe

    Tales of Horror and Suspense: 50 Great Classic Horror Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft, E. F. Benson, Robert E. Howard, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Fifty terrifying short stories from the great classic horror writers: 1. 'Pigeons from Hell' by Robert E. Howard 2. 'Pickman’s Model' by H. P. Lovecraft 3. 'The Horror Horn' by E. F. Benson 4. 'The Fearsome Touch of Death' by Robert E. Howard 5. 'The Terrible Old Man' by H. P. Lovecraft 6. 'The Step' by E. F. Benson 7. 'Dagon' by H. P. Lovecraft 8. 'The Dream Snake' by Robert E. Howard 9. 'Caterpillars' by E. F. Benson 10. 'The Clock' by W. F. Harvey 11. 'In the Forest of Villefore' by Robert E. Howard

    Gidgetwidget on Kindle says: "CAREFUL WHICH COLLECTION YOU PICK...."
  • The Great Ghost Story Collection: Over 40 Spooky Tales | Richard Middleton,Hugh Walpole,E. F. Benson,W. C. Morrow,Robert E. Howard,M. R. James,Arthur Gray

    The Great Ghost Story Collection: Over 40 Spooky Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Middleton, Hugh Walpole, E. F. Benson, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A spectacular collection of classic ghost stories from some of the masters of spooky fiction. 'On the Brighton Road' by Richard Middleton; 'A Ghost Story' by Mark Twain; 'The Everlasting Club' by Arthur Gray; 'The Snow' by Hugh Walpole; 'Rose Rose' by Barry Pain; 'The Ghost Ship' by Richard Middleton; 'The Bus Conductor' by E. F. Benson; 'The Tarn' by Hugh Walpole; 'The Diary of Mr. Poynter' by M. R. James.

    NH5296 says: "Sound Quality is Too Soft"
  • Miss Mapp | E F Benson

    Miss Mapp

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By E F Benson
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
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    Nothing escapes the snooping opera glasses of Miss Elizabeth Mapp. She whiles away her busy hours observing the small English village of Tilling, and recording the antics in her notebook. But her observations are set to be disrupted by amorous advances of two retired army generals, both vying for her affection. With Miss Mapp distracted, who will keep Miss Susan Poppit in her place or oversee the correct playing of bridge? More importantly will quiet Tilling be subject to a violent duel?

  • Chilling Ghost Stories | Charles Dickens,M. R. James,E. F. Benson

    Chilling Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, M. R. James, E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    Andrew Sachs reads these four classic stories of suspense - "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens, "The Haunted Doll's House" by M. R. James, "The Room in the Tower" by E. F. Benson, and "The Bus-Conductor" by E. F. Benson. These spine-tingling tales, from the golden age of the ghost story, are sure to leave you with a creeping sense of dread.

    Die Falknerin says: "Delightfully spine-tingling!"
  • Trouble for Lucia | E. F. Benson

    Trouble for Lucia

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
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    Taking the position of mayor in the town of Tilling brings much delight to Lucia. However, with her local rival Miss Mapp around, trouble is never far away.Lucia is elevated to her new position with Georgie Pilson as her sidekick, confidant, and escort. Lucia and Georgie renew their acquaintance with the opera diva Olga Braceley and the composer Cortese, but nobody in Tilling believes Lucia when she claims to have entertained a duchess.

  • The Best Ghost Stories | Arthur B. Reeve,Daniel Defoe,M. R. James,Edward Bulwer Lytton,Leopold Compert,E. F. Benson,Algernon Blackwood

    The Best Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Arthur B. Reeve, Daniel Defoe, M. R. James, and others
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey, Jim Roberts, and others
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    Still wildly popular today, this collection of ghost stories was first published in 1919. A few of the stories reflect the prejudices and language of the era and would not be considered "politically correct" now but are nonetheless excellent stories. Arthur B. Reeves, an American writer who also wrote screenplays compiled this anthology. His introduction is considered by many to be the definitive explanation of the popularity and diversity of this genre. Turn off the lights and prepare to be thrilled and chilled by this unique assemblage of spooky tales.

  • Yet More Strange Tales | Edgar Allan Poe,Arthur Conan Doyle,Ambrose Bierce,M. R. James,E. F. Benson

    Yet More Strange Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce, and others
    • Narrated By Roy Macready
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    A third collection of 18 classic tales of the weird and supernatural by some of the best known writers in these genres.

  • Fifty Tales of Mystery and Adventure | Arthur Conan Doyle,G. K. Chesterton,E. F. Benson,Barry Pain,W. F. Harvey,W. W. Jacobs,Hugh Walpole

    Fifty Tales of Mystery and Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, E. F. Benson, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A gripping collection of the very best classic mystery and adventure stories. 1. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain 2. "The Perfect Crime" by Seamark 3. "The Well" by W. W. Jacobs 4. "The Tea-Leaf" by Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace 5. "The Step" by E. F. Benson 6. "The Queer Feet" by G. K. Chesterton 7. "The Beast with Five Fingers" by W. F. Harvey 8. "The Enemy" by Hugh Walpole 9. "An Impromptu Dance" by A. J. Alan 10. "The Red-Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 11. "The Wedding Guest" by Guy Boothby

    Ron says: "They just can't write like this any more"
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