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"I committed a crime, it is true, a mad crime, but are not insane jealousy, passionate love, betrayed and lost, and the terrible pain I endure, enough to make anyone commit a crime without actually being a criminal?"

Guy de Maupassant

A lover's most unlikely jealousy, a mother's patient wait for revenge, a young actress driven to distraction by a cruel husband, a story of jilted love and murder in a London lodging house, and a confrontation that brings a saga of mutual loathing to a terrible conclusion on the other side of the Atlantic....Here are stories by five master storytellers (Guy de Maupassant, Wilkie Collins, Louisa May Alcott, Algernon Blackwood, and the lesser known Stephen Phillips) that tell powerful tales of "crimes passionnels" driven by five very different motives: treachery, jealousy, hate, love, and revenge - all potent and sometimes ungovernable emotions.

Featuring:
  • "Mad" by Guy de Maupassant
  • "First Hate" by Algernon Blackwood
  • "A Double Tragedy" by Louisa May Alcott
  • "Inside Information" by Stephen Phillips
  • "Who Killed Zebedee?" by Wilkie Collins
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  • Sher from Provo
  • 06-01-12

Extremely well-read

I really enjoyed listening to these short stories. They are written by various authors and are about murders committed because of some passionate reason, mostly because of a love situation. I have to admit that I had to listen twice in order to get everything. The fact is, I am finding that most audible books are much better the second time around. These stories were very well written in each case (there are about five stories), but the narration is really what made this experience for me. Derek Jacobi is without a doubt my number one favorite narrator. I can't say enough good about him. I have a few books on my shelf I would like him to read.

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