The Windmill as I First Knew It - Alphonse Daudet, Read by Stephen FryBoil Some Water - Lots of It - F. Scott Fitzgerald, Read by Kerry ShaleThe Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh - Saki, Read by James RawlingsIdle Thoughts on Babies - Jerome K. Jerome, Read by Hugh LaurieThe Schartz-Metterklume Method - Saki, Read by Maimie McCoyA Photographer�s Day Out - Lewis Carroll, Read by Nigel HawthorneGentlemen and Players - E.W. Hornung, Read by Nigel PlanerMrs. Amworth - E.F. Benson, Read by Richard PascoTimber - John Galsworthy, Read by Patrick MalahideInto the Sun Robert - Duncan Milne, Read by Nicky HensonNo. 1 Branch Line - The Signalman - Charles Dickens, Read by Robin BaileyThe Squaw - Bram Stoker, Read by Patrick MalahideThe Loathly Opposite - John Buchan, Read by Iain CuthbertsonThe Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe, Read by Patrick MalahideThe Mezzotint - M.R. James, Read by Robin BaileyAngela - W.S. Gilbert, Read by Martin JarvisThe Barrister�s Story - Sapper, Read by Brian CoxJeff Peters as a Personal Magnet - O. Henry, Read by Nigel HawthorneOh Whistle and I�ll Come to You, My Lad - M.R. James, Read by Rupert FriendThe Celebrated Jumping Frog from Calaveras County - Mark Twain, Read by Nigel Hawthorne
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I enjoyed this very much. The narrators and sound quality was very good. The stories themselves are mostly engaging and enjoyable, though I'm sure in a varied collection like this every listener will find at least one story they don't like.
The only negative I can think of is that it may not be something I can listen to again and again. Most short stories rely on a surprise or twist at the end, and once you have heard it once they can't hold you in the same suspense. I will certainly give it another listen in a few months when I've hopefully forgotten some of the endings!
This is a series of short stories by different writers. The stories are old-fashioned, and quite gentle in tone, but the narrators are all exceptionally gifted in bringing them to life.
Professional with life long interest in Ancient History.
Over the top foppish waffle about nothing, rather irritating after a while.Never finished the work.
"What an odd use of excellent materials"
The stories were well chosen, mostly ones I had already read but enough new-to-me gems to keep this interesting. The problem with the presentation is that it is disconcerting to have only SOME of the stories introduced with the story and author names [and better yet, narrator name, too]. How much time and money could a fast identification per story have added? A Table of Contents (and a better way to search by story) would have been a HUGE help.
The bottom line is that this could have been SO much better with simple better organization. All of the individual pieces were good; the fault was in the package.
The narrator selections were wonderful. What's not to love about the line up? Hugh Laurie, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Fry, Mamie McCoy go without saying, but Nigel Hawthorne reading Lewis Carroll could have been the highest point, even if the Carroll story wasn't the strongest literature.
The readers do not read the names or authors of the stories. This is very weird. It is hard for me to enjoy the stories without first hearing the title and author of the story.
"There's work to do"
Although the content of this book was very good and the readers excellent I was very disappointed not to have a list of contents, ability to search and find a story to listen to again and a too-quick follow-on from story to story. At the very minimum a content list should be provided to enhance enjoyment.
A veru good collection of short stories from a variety of master authors. What more could one ask?
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