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The Great Detective Collection Audiobook

The Great Detective Collection: 24 of the Best Classic Detective Stories

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Publisher's Summary

An engrossing collection of detective stories featuring all the great classic sleuths, including Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Max Carrados, J. G. Reeder, and C. Auguste Dupin.

  • 1. "The Tea-Leaf" by Edgar Jepson & Robert Eustace
  • 2. "The Queer Feet" by G. K. Chesterton
  • 3. "The Curious Circumstances of the Two Left Shoes" by Ernest Bramah
  • 4. "The Club of One-Eyed Men" by Arthur Somers Roche
  • 5. "Diamond Cut Diamond" by F. Britten Austin
  • 6. "The Game Played in the Dark" by Ernest Bramah
  • 7. "Murder Under the Microscope" by William Russell
  • 8. "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 9. "The Hammer of God" by G. K. Chesterton
  • 10. "Who Killed Zebedee" by Wilkie Collins
  • 11. "The Treasure Hunt" by Edgar Wallace
  • 12. "The Shadow of the Shark" by G. K. Chesterton
  • 13. "The Red Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 14. "The Story of Baelbrow" by E. and H. Heron
  • 15. "The Invisible Man" by G. K. Chesterton
  • 16. "The Perfect Crime" by Seamark
  • 17. "The Wedding Guest" by Guy Boothby
  • 18. "The Trial for Murder" by Charles Dickens
  • 19. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 20. "The Magic Casket" by R. Austin Freeman
  • 21. "The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor" by Ernest Bramah
  • 22. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 23. "The Mystery of Marie Roget" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 24. "To Be Taken in Water" by George Walter Thornbury

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    Marsh 26/01/2016
    Marsh 26/01/2016
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    "great stories, appalling narration."

    these stories are classics, I have read and loved nearly all of them and really wanted something easy to listen to, that I loved.
    however, I wish that I had listened to the narration. sorry but Cathy Dobson is awful in narrating these stories. I didn't even finish the first story and wished I had listened to a sample.
    it makes theses un listenable

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. D. Nesbitt UK 10/01/2016
    Mr. D. Nesbitt UK 10/01/2016 Member Since 2013

    gardenersboy

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    "Terrible Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator


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

    The strange emphasis on parts of words, the sounding of the letter T e.g. it or honest, the way her voice strangely tails off, the stress put on words completely out of context.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Detective Collection?

    None but I would have listened to the reader then employed someone who would do justice to the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I have only got as far as the fourth story and I am losing patience with the awful narration. I will continue but I am not at all sure I will finish this audio book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    mrsbeast 13/03/2016
    mrsbeast 13/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "unlistenable to"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was very disappointed by this collection. I was looking forward to listening to all my favourites but I omitted to listen to the sample clip. The narration is stilted, mannered and extremely irritating. The narrator makes no attempt to differentiate characters and there was no way I could listen to the book all the way through. This is the only time I have ever been disappointed with an Audible choice. Ghastly!


    Would you recommend The Great Detective Collection to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this collection to anyone.


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

    Any one, Stephen Fry would be perfect.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well the actual stories are great but the narration ruined them.


    Any additional comments?

    Enough said.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 29/02/2016
    Tony 29/02/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Good stories, narrate a little distracting."

    Great stories but i'm not sure the narration works. There is a strange emphasis and intonation which detracts from the stories.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Terri V.
    25/05/15
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    "great stories, wrong narrator"
    What did you like best about The Great Detective Collection? What did you like least?

    Many lovely long stories ruined by the narration. Cathy Dobson seems as though she is constantly trying to sound like a man, and every sentence is painfully drawled out at the end so that it becomes distracting and tortuous to listen to. All the characters sound the same from story to story. I hate leaving a review that is at all negative, and this is just my perspective, but I was really looking forward to listening to this book and it's been difficult.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not really.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    13/10/16
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    "Dreadful narration"

    I think I would have enjoyed the stories immensely (some I had previously read) but the narration was so distracting that I couldn't listen to more than a few minutes. Waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg Hanold
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    16/05/16
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    "Cathy Dobson Isn't an acceptable narrator"

    While the stories are good... The narrator is the most annoying reader who ruins the stories.
    I'll avoid anything buy Cathy Dobson from now on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chantal
    30/03/16
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    "Extremely Distracting Narrator"
    What disappointed you about The Great Detective Collection?

    I had a hard time paying attention to the stories because of the narrator's voice and how they said things. It came off as a bit silly and stagey and I wanted something more serious and less theater class. I ended up not being able to listen to it because I found the stagey-ness took away from any drama and mood the stories would otherwise have had. I ended up not listening to any of the stories in full because of this.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Too stagey and over the top.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • V.D.
    07/03/16
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    "READ REVIEWS FIRST"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who can tolerate this particular narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Detective Collection?

    There is nothing wrong with these stories. They are well loved, classical jewels.


    How could the performance have been better?

    PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT use this narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    Believe the reviewers and take their advice. That will be a lesson for me. Wonderful stories! There is nothing wrong with that part. But how can you enjoy the STORY if you cannot even follow it because of the narrator!!!! Whoever is over the recordings... PLEASE do not use her. She is probably a good person, but I cannot follow the story because of the reading. I agree with one reviewer: emphasis on random, not logical words, sentences end with "up" intonation, tone of voice is distracting. All of that distracts from the story. I tried... I tried three times (21 hours of listening... I am not going to waste it). Had to give up. Please listen to the sample SEVERAL times before you buy.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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