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The Great British Short Story Collection

Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
Length: 32 hrs and 13 mins
2 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

A gripping collection of over 50 of the greatest short stories written by great British writers.

  • 1. "The Missing Years" by Barry Pain
  • 2. "His Brother's Keeper" by W. W. Jacobs
  • 3. "A Madman's Manuscript" by Charles Dickens
  • 4. "The House of Cobwebs" by Barry Pain
  • 5. "Old Fags" by Stacy Aumonier
  • 6. "A Long-Ago Affair" by John Galsworthy
  • 7. "August Heat" by W. F. Harvey
  • 8. "The Dabblers" by W. F. Harvey
  • 9. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain
  • 10. "An Undergraduate's Aunt" by F. Anstey
  • 11. "An Idyll of London" by Beatrice Harraden
  • 12. "Hot Potatoes" by Arnold Bennett
  • 13. "Bagnell Terrace" by E. F. Benson
  • 14. "Malachi's Cove" by Anthony Trollope
  • 15. "Moon's Gibbet" by Egerton Castle
  • 16. "The Dancing Partner" by Jerome K. Jerome
  • 17. "The Giraffe Problem" by Barry Pain
  • 18. "The Man who was Blind" by Edwin Pugh
  • 19. "The Perfect Murcer" by Stacy Aumonier
  • 20. "The Other Side" by Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock
  • 21. "The Roman Road" by Kenneth Grahame
  • 22. "At the Farmhouse" by E. F. Benson
  • 23. "The Dead Hand" by Wilkie Collins
  • 24. "The Wind in the Portico" by John Buchan
  • 25. "The Smile of La Gioconda" by Morley Roberts
  • 26. "The Room" by Stacy Aumonier
  • 27. "The Octave of Jealousy" by Stacy Aumonier
  • 28. "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling
  • 29. "The Salt of the Earth" by Barry Pain
  • 30. "The Diary of Mr. Poynter" by M. R. James

....and over 20 more exciting stories.

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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Poorly Narrated

What would have made The Great British Short Story Collection better?

I have just bought this and within a few sentences I realised I had made a mistake. The narrator has such an annoying voice, I can't stand to listen. Avoid at all costs!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Cathy Dobson

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

Anyone

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

Any additional comments?

Money back please

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Very unpleasant narration:

Very irritating tone. Cannot listen to this - waste of a credit don't buy it

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Narration difficult to listen to

Unfortunately I found the reading style very offputting, and missed sections of some of the stories because I was too distracted by the way that they are narrated. There are some great stories in this compilation, but sadly I can’t listen to any more of them - the reading style detracts too much from the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good stories let down by poor reading

Although the stories are good, the reading is formulaic and quickly becones anoying, i woyld not recommend this cpllection because of the poor narration.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Annoying narration

some good stories but hard to listen to because of narration. Even with a good story I had to stop and get back to it later!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Boring Narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you want to die of bordem

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Nothing - the stories all mould into one

How could the performance have been better?

Another Narrator - my dog could read better than her

Could you see The Great British Short Story Collection being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

NO!

Any additional comments?

I wish I had never wasted the money

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Annoying Voice

I do not tend to write reviews as I feel everyone has differing likes and dislikes but having bought this compilation of stories I thought I would find at least a few I liked. Unfortunately I cannot listen to them as the narrators style or perhaps lack of it makes me cringe. There is inflections at the start and end which do not match the sentences she is reading. This was so off putting I was getting nauseous listening.
Worse still having jumped through a few stories I found this vocal hiatus was reading every story.
I cannot comment on the quality of the writers as the narrator made them unlistenable.

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Fantastic content, displeasing narration

I loved the stories but the narrator’s voice was too monotonous which somehow ruined the experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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DO NOT BUY THIS RUBBISH

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Cathy Dobson?

I WOULD NEVER LISTEN TO A BOOK FEATURING THIS NARRATOR. I HAVE HAD TO GIVE THE STORIES ONLY ONE STAR AS I SIMPLY COULD NOT LISTEN TO THEM.

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

ANYBODY

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

UTTER DISBELIEF: THAT AUDIBLE COULD SELL THIS RUBBISH

Any additional comments?

IF I GET ANOTHER LIKE THIS I LEAVE AUDIBLE FOR GOOD

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Waste of my free credit

I didn't get into this at all due to the irritating voice of the narrator

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  • 01-09-15

Awful Voice of Reader!!!

Any additional comments?

What a disappointment! The first story on both the American and British collections is read by a woman whose melodramatic, annoyingly-lilting reading style is quite unbearable. I simply cannot understand why they would have chosen her to read at all. I think I am going to have to ask for my credits back.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful