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Summary

A delightful collection of humorous classic tales by some of the world's greatest racconteurs.

  • 1. "The Cabmen’s Shelter", by A. J. Alan
  • 2. "The Giraffe Problem", by Barry Pain
  • 3. "The Man Who Stole a Meeting House", by John Townsend Trowbridge
  • 4. "Hot Potatoes", by Arnold Bennett
  • 5. "Mons. Cassecrouche’s Inspiration" by George Walter Thornbury
  • 6. "The Burglary", by Arnold Bennett
  • 7. "The 19 Club", by A. J. Alan
  • 8. "Self-Help" by W. W. Jacobs
  • 9. "Gabriel-Ernest", by Saki
  • 10. "An Undergraduate’s Aunt", by F. Anstey
  • 11. "Major Namby", by Wilkie Collins
  • 12. "The Lightning-Rod Man", by Herman Melville
  • 13. "The Murder of the Mandarin", by Arnold Bennett
  • 14. "A Coincidence", by A. J. Alan
  • 15. "Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty", by Stacy Aumonier
  • 16. "The Mc Wiliamses and the Burglar Alarm", by Mark Twain
  • 17. "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", by O. Henry
  • 18. "The Belated Russian Passport", by Mark Twain
  • 19. "The Test", by W. W. Jacobs
  • 20. "The Model Millionaire" by Oscar Wilde
  • 21. "Smoked Skipper", by W. W. Jacobs
  • 22. "Curried Cow", by Ambrose Bierce
  • 23. "The Black Poodle", by F. Anstey
  • 24. "The One Million Pound Banknote", by Mark Twain
  • 25. "The Changeling", by W. W. Jacobs
  • 26. "The Inconsiderate Waiter" by J. M. Barrie
Public Domain (P)2014 Red Door Audiobooks

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A bumper collection

A nicely varied selection of tales, although there's nothing here written after the 1930's, so be prepared for a charmingly wry and sedate writing style. The reader's vocal style is quite distinctive, so I suggest listening to a snippet to see if you like her voice before purchasing.

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Interesting historical collection of funny stories

What did you like best about Masterpieces of Humour? What did you like least?

This little collection of out-of-copyright stories collects some classics of humour, some of which will be familiar to those of a certain age.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not applicable. These are short stories.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cathy Dobson?

I have no suggestions, but Cathy Dobson has an unconventional way of narrating (both in inflexion and the pronunciation of words) which gets in the way of the story. One gets used to it, but all the same it is not very appealing.

Did Masterpieces of Humour inspire you to do anything?

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