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.
Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks
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
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!
I wouldn't recommend this collection to anyone.
Any one, Stephen Fry would be perfect.
Well the actual stories are great but the narration ruined them.
A different narrator
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.
None but I would have listened to the reader then employed someone who would do justice to the stories.
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.
"great stories, wrong narrator"
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.
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.
"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.
From the start I was put off by Cathy Dobson's narration style. Her voice is nice enough but her Affect and Inflection are EXTREMELY difficult to tolerate. The book was 22 hrs long. I could barely listen to the first 30 minutes before I returned it.
"Couldn't listen past the first 2 minutes"
I just finished listening to Simon Vance read The Complete Sherlock Holmes and wanted to listen to some more great classic mystery stories. I thought this would be the perfect next audio book. Unfortunately, I couldn't listen past 2 minutes. Cathy Dobson's drawn out, slow paced manner of speaking grated on my nerves. I couldn't stand it. I'll be looking into how to return this book and hopefully get my credit back.
"READ REVIEWS FIRST"
Those who can tolerate this particular narrator.
There is nothing wrong with these stories. They are well loved, classical jewels.
PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT use this narrator!
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.
"Extremely Distracting Narrator"
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.
Too stagey and over the top.
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