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Summary

Shabby and lumbering, with a face like a Norfolk dumpling, Father Brown makes for an improbable super-sleuth. But his innocence is the secret of his success: refusing the scientific method of detection, he adopts instead an approach of simple sympathy, interpreting each crime as a work of art, and each criminal as a man no worse than himself...

Here you will find the complete Father Brown stories in the chronological order of their original publication.

  • The Innocence of Father Brown Starts at Chapter 1,
  • The Wisdom of Father Brown Starts at Chapter 13,
  • The Donnington Affair Starts at Chapter 25,
  • The Incredulity of Father Brown Starts at Chapter 26,
  • The Secret of Father Brown Starts at Chapter 38,
  • The Scandal of Father Brown Starts at Chapter 48,
  • The Mask of Midas Starts at Chapter 57.
©2019 G. K. Chesterton (P)2019 Page2Page

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dreary

hard to listen to and to follow the stories because of the dreary, monotonous narration.

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Brilliant

Was spell bound could not wait to get back to it recommended buy worth read

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bloody marvelous

The father brown stories are an exceptional piece of work.
I'd advise everybody to give em a try.
they're very much of their time.

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Woeful

I liked the tv series so thought this would be the same.
Wrong.
The narrator has a monotone voice so all the participants sounded as Sean Connery or Micheal Cane were narrating.
May be just me, I found the whole of part 1 hard to follow, so the rest will not get a listen or mention.

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Good narration, easy listening.

As someone unfamiliar with the TV show I found myself enjoying these short stories which are similar in style to Sherlock Holmes. If you're looking for a romping narrative and nail biting tension this probably isnt the audiobook for you. The stories contained within can be digested individually with no need to start at the beginning. I found this easy listening whilst working from home and driving as I could zone in and out without feeling that I had missed a key plot line. Great if like me you stick an audiobook on before going to bed and can never remember where you were up to by the time you fell asleep! The narrator is easy on the ears and consistent throughout.

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A most enjoyable read

I remember reading these stories when I was young and thoroughly enjoying them. They are of their time, and necessarily somewhat wordy in places, but excellent literature for all that.

I cannot understand some of the poor reviews, except by thinking that some people are expecting the content of the TV series whose only resemblance is the theft of the name, which should never have been permitted and makes for a pale shadow of the actual characters created by GKC.

The performance is perhaps measured and lacking in "excitement", but hardly "boring" or "monotone" as some reviewers have written - rather it reflects the style in which the stories were written and their content.

My only criticism would be that without any editing notes it is impossible to find individual stories among the volumes.

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Brilliant

The stories are reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes but have a greater depth - perhaps why some reviewers struggled - and the narration suits the stories but it does take a little getting used to. All in all, very pleased with this purchase.

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Narrator ruined it

I gave it a try since it was only 49p and my god im glad it was only 49p. The narrator was just no good, I had to force myself to keep listening to the first chapter hoping it would grow on me but just never happened

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Will not even download!

Can’t tell you if this title is any good as it won’t download!!
Just as you get to the end of the download process it says “the download is corrupt”

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Audible re do this!

Had major problems with this book. Downloaded first time, it was slow. When tried to listen a little alert came up stating it was unable to run it. So deleted and tried again, second time it stopped about ten minutes into first story! Read tales some years back and was looking forward to listening to them. No wonder it was so cheap! Not sure why its so bad running/downloading. The narrator was dire. what i heard of it too.. Avoid if I were you. sending it back

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  • Charles Power
  • 26-03-20

Again a great title ruined by Audible laziness

It is incredible that Audible gets wonderful material and skillful performances and then, on this and in most titles made up of shorter pieces, screws up by failing to provide titles in its table of contents. How can these people be so lazy and stupid?

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  • Samantha
  • 01-04-20

Good collection, bad editing, bad American accent

I liked these stories. It took me a few to get into them and I would often get confused between one story ending and another beginning which I solved by always adding a sleep timer to end at the end of the chapter. The reader is pretty good but there are some weird jumps and repeats in the editing and he has a pretty bad American accent. Overall, I liked that the same reader reads all of the stories.

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  • Sylvia Sawyer
  • 26-09-20

Great stories ruined by narrator

This narrator shouts the words at the listener like a drill sergeant, with no wit or charm or twinkle which is needed for these warm stories. Suggest buying a different version.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 28-04-20

Amazing collections

This is an amazing collection of the Father Brown Mysteries. I love listening to this book and will repeat it. Every chapter is a complete mystery so it is easy to stop and start the book. This will be a treasure in your library

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-10-19

Not complete - recording terminates at 36%

Paired with ebook for immersion reading and enjoyed ... until recording terminates just as "Pendragon" tale ending

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  • Hoppermomma
  • 31-01-20

Father Brown in any form is a treat

Father Brown is as charming here as he is anywhere. A wonderful rendition of much told mysteries makes them feel new again. Worth the time and money!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-20

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  • Carolyn
  • 16-12-20

Not quite what I was hoping for

I enjoy the series but found the reading rather dry and dull. I guess I just had my heart set on feeling the same enjoyment I do of the TV series.

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  • Gmaw G
  • 24-12-20

I'm a Father Brown Super-fan

Loved the Narrator (spot on) and could likely listen to Stephen S. read practically anything. I actually enjoyed these stories more than the PBS Series with one very disturbing issue. I had to recall that the author wrote these rather a long time ago because not only were there racially offensive words on occasion but a hint of the sentiment as well. It took me quite aback and I considered dropping off it altogether. But I reminded myself that the author was naturally one more wretched victim of that era's ignorant racial biases.
That aside I truly appreciate the artistry of Chestertons' description of both scenes and characters, Father B's wit and odd sense of humor and ethical view of every case. Like I said I'm a Super-fan!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-20

Loved these stories

I've seen many of Father Brown's stories on television and hope to see more in future.

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