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A Grown-up's Halloween

Fantasies and Fables for the Philosophically Fiendish
By: various
Narrated by: full cast
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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Blackstone Audio presents an eclectic mix of stories, plays and sketches dedicated to the thinking paranoiac. Gore, sex, horror, literature and edifying morals - what more could you want from an audiobook?

This collection includes "In a Grove", upon which Akira Kurosawa based his classic film, Rashomon; an adult fairy tale by the author of Winnie-the-Pooh; the real story (honest!) behind Edgar Rice Burroughs's novel The Moon Maid; and cautionary and scary tales from The Arabian Nights, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Mark Twain, and others. Selected, adapted, produced, and directed by Yuri Rasovsky.

(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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  • Audie Award Finalist, Short Stories, Collections, 2007

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  • Paul
  • 19-10-10

Good Collection! Horrible Title

This is a very good and diverse collection of Audio stories by many authors, some well known and some not well known. Some of the stories are read, and some are radio dramas, some are funny, some are spooky, and most are thought provoking. But to call this a collection of Halloween Stories is grossly inaccurate. The majority of stories have little to do with Ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night and can only be associated with Halloween through a huge stretch of the imagination. It would be more accurately titled, "A Grown-up Story Time: A Collection of fictions, fantasies, and fables, for the philosophically inclined. So if your looking for some good thought provoking stories that are well produced this is the collection for you. If you’re just looking for a collection of good horror stories I suggest you look elsewhere.

The stories in this collection include:
“For whom the Bell Tolls” John Donne
“In a Grove” Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
“The Garbage man and the Noble Lady of Bagdad” The Book of A Thousand Knights in One Night.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte P. Gilman
“The Adding Machine.” Elmer Rice
“The Grand Inquisitor” Theodore Dostoyevsky.
“Josephine the Mouse Singer” Franz Kafka
A short story by Ambrose Bierce
“The Sultan and the Wazir’s Wife” The Book of A Thousand Knights in One Night.
“Interview in a VA Hospital” Yri RasResovsky
“It came from Outer-Pinsk”
“The Ugly Duckling’ A. A. Milne
A Short Story by Ambrose Bierce
“The Moon maid: A True Story, A Correction of the fictional version.” Edgar Rice Burroughs
“The Man of Destiny.” George Bernard Shaw



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  • Rachel
  • 14-08-17

Not for Halloween

Not a bad collection of works, but not at all what it's billing itself to be. If I'd wanted a set of philosophical works, I would have searched for that. I wanted spooky, something for which having a jack-o-lantern on the cover would be indicative of the contents.

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  • Luke
  • 13-01-07

Don't Bother

Nothing of value, deadly dull and over acted, the stories are not dark,interesting, or memorable. Save your money and spend time watching commercials, at least they will be over in two minutes and two seconds.

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