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Summary

A treasure chest of timeless short stories by some of the world's greatest authors.

Suspense and horror:

1. 'The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire' - Arthur Conan Doyle

2. 'The Signalman' - Charles Dickens

3. 'Lost Hearts' - MR James

4. 'The Sealed Room' - Arthur Conan Doyle

5. 'Mrs Badgery' - Wilkie Collins

6. 'Wailing Well' - MR James

7. 'The Open Window' - Saki

8. 'How It happened' - Arthur Conan Doyle

9. 'The Tell-Tale Heart' - Edgar Allan Poe

10. 'The Cone' - HG Wells

11. 'A Haunted House' - Virginia Woolf

12. 'Rats' - MR James

13. 'The Oval Portrait' - Edgar Allan Poe

14. 'Tarquin of Cheapside' - F. Scott Fitzgerald

15. 'One Crowded Hour' - Arthur Conan Doyle

16. 'The Mezzotint' - MR James

17. 'The Masque of the Red Death' - Edgar Allan Poe

Love:

18. 'The Kiss' - Kate Chopin

19. 'Eleonora' - Edgar Allan Poe

20. 'About Love' - Anton Chekhov

21. 'The Lovers' - Hans Christian Anderson

22. 'Love' - Guy De Maupassant

23. 'The Sphinx Without a Secret' - Oscar Wilde

24. 'A Wedding Gift' - Guy De Maupassant

25. 'Kew Gardens' - Virginia Woolf

26. 'The District Doctor' - Ivan Turgenev

27. 'Happiness' - Guy De Maupassant

28. 'A Blunder' - Anton Chekhov

29. 'The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky' - Stephen Crane

30. 'In a Far-Off World' - Olive Schreiner

31. 'The Cook's Wedding' - Anton Chekhov

32. 'The Recruit' - Honore de Balzac

33. 'The Nightingale and the Rose' - Oscar Wilde

34. 'Pyramus and Thisbe' - Ovid

35. 'Aunt Hetty on Matrimony' - Fanny Fern

36. 'A Country Cottage' - Anton Chekhov

37. 'Marriage a la Mode' - Katherine Mansfield

38. 'The Statue of Limitations' - Ernest Dowson

39. 'The Dilettante' - Edith Wharton

Humorous:

40. 'Tobermory' - Saki

41. 'The Mesmeric Mountain' - Stephen Crane

42. 'The Children's Joke' - Louisa May Alcott

43. 'At the Siren' - Anton Chekhov

44. 'The Garden Party' - Katherine Mansfield

45. 'The Cask of Amontillado' - Edgar Allan Poe

46. 'The New Dress' - Virginia Woolf

47. 'How I Built Myself a House' - Thomas Hardy

48. 'The Model Millionaire' - Oscar Wilde

49. 'A Pair of Silk Stockings' - Kate Chopin

50. 'At the Barbers' - Anton Chekhov

51. 'A Respectable Woman' - Kate Chopin

Folk and fable:

52. 'The Happy Prince' - Oscar Wilde.

53. 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' - The Brothers Grimm

54. 'The Emperor's New Clothes' - Hans Christian Andersen

55. 'The Tongue Cut Sparrow' - Yei Theodora Ozaki

56. 'Finn and the Scottish Giant' - Harold F. Read

57. 'The Postmaster' - Rabindranath Tagore

58. 'The Toys of Peace' - Saki

59. 'The Selfish Giant' - Oscar Wilde

60. 'The Flower Gatherer' - Edward Thomas

61. 'Araby' - James Joyce

62. 'The Interlopers' - Saki

63. 'Tom Thumb' - The Brothers Grimm

64. 'The Kabuliwalah' - Rabindranath Tagore

65. 'The Monkey's Paws' - WW Jacobs

Christmas:

66. 'The Little Match Girl' - Hans Christian Andersen

67. 'Papa Panov's Special Christmas' - Leo Tolstoy

68. 'Christmas Storms and Sunshine' - Elizabeth Gaskell.

69. 'The Gift of the Magi' - O'Henry

70. 'At Christmas Time '- Anton Chekhov

71. 'A Dill Pickle' - Katherine Mansfield

Classic tales:

72. 'The Yellow Wallpaper' - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

73. 'The Fall of Lord Barrymore' - Arthur Conan Doyle

74. 'The Necklace' - Guy De Maupassant

75. 'Holiday Group' - EM Delafield

76. 'Three Questions' - Leo Tolstoy

77. 'The Cop and the Anthem' - O'Henry

78. 'The Fly' - Katherine Mansfield

79. 'The Christening' - DH Lawrence

80. 'After the Race' - James Joyce

81. 'The String Quartet' - Virginia Woolf

82. 'Two Friends' - Guy De Maupassant

83. 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' - Ambrose Bierce

84. 'A Gentleman Friend' - Anthon Chekhov

85. 'Ma'ame Pelagie' - Kate Chopin

86. 'Second Best' - DH Lawrence

87. 'El Verdugo' - Honore de Balzac

88. 'The Story of an Hour' - Kate Chopin

89. 'The Man of No Account' - Bret Hart

90. 'The Piece of String' - Guy De Maupassant

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amazing collection

a huge collection of stories, read by a variety of excellent readers, of the quality we know we get from the BBC. highly recommended for bite size listening on short journeys.

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Terrible editing, great stories!

There’s an awful lot of the readers repeating lines in this collection. The worst must be “The Statute of Limitations “ where there are six or seven occasions where the actor does a second take and repeats himself. I don’t blame the reader for this, but it shows a very sloppy attitude to the production values. It’s very off putting and distracting when this occurs so often.

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Uneven

I'd hoped for consistently excellent stories. But there are a sufficient number here for me to recommend the book.

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