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Summary

A glittering collection of some of the world's finest short stories, including:

  • 'The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
  • 'The Mezzotint' by M. R. James
  • 'The Phantom Rickshaw' by Rudyard Kipling
  • 'The Withered Arm' by Thomas Hardy
  • 'The Model Millionaire' by Oscar Wilde
  • 'The Monkey’s Paw' by W. W. Jacobs
  • 'An Uncomfortable Bed' by Guy de Maupassant
  • 'The Mortal Immortal' by Mary Shelley
  • 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'Sredni Vashtar' by Saki
  • 'The Nose' by Nicolai Gogol
  • 'Regret' by Kate Chopin
  • 'One Thousand Dollars' by O. Henry
  • 'The Fly' by Katherine Mansfield
  • 'A Descent into the Maelström' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'The Sphinx Without a Secret' by Oscar Wilde
  • 'The Inconsiderate' Waiter by J. M. Barrie
  • 'The Black Poodle' by F. Anstey
  • 'The Quest' by Saki
  • 'The Three Strangers' by Thomas Hardy
  • 'Oil of Dog' by Ambrose Bierce
  • 'The Oval Portrait' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'Markheim' by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • 'Fear' by Guy de Maupassant
  • 'The Belated Russian Passport' by Mark Twain
  • 'The Changeling' by W. W. Jacobs
  • 'The Pit and the Pendulum' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'The Eyes of the Panther' by Ambrose Bierce
  • 'The Dead' by James Joyce
  • 'The Secret Sharer' by Joseph Conrad
  • 'The Story of an Hour' by Kate Chopin
  • 'The Telltale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'My Favorite Murder' by Ambrose Bierce
  • 'The Premature Burial' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 'Tobermory' by Saki
  • 'Memoirs of a Yellow Dog' by O. Henry.
  • Public Domain (P)2013 Red Door Audiobooks

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    Great Collection of Unexpected/Horror

    A great collection of classic tales with a twist or horror theme to them. (Although I'm sure you worked that out from EA Poe.) Well read, and a pleasure to listen to.

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    Great stories but droning voice!

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

    Super stories but very wearing voice.

    What did you like best about this story?

    All good - a few odd ones.

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

    Samantha Bond, Dawn French, any actor or actress with a less droning voice.

    Could you see The World's Best Classic Short Stories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Too many - would take years.

    Any additional comments?

    Good value for money

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    Irritating pronunciation.

    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Very strange the ways words are pronounced here, there is no accent like it in England. Why is the narrator adding syllables to words and lengthening them unnecessarily? I found it very offputting.

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    Narrators voice

    A very monotoned narration Cathy Dobson
    sorry Cathy- well read but a little nauseating indeed

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    Awful narration, monotonous and sounds malignant

    bought by accident already have this
    am going to try and ask for a refund of this credit

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    • 04-09-16

    I just can't listen to this narrator

    I love these stories but just I could not bear this narrator. I tried - I really tried.

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    • Ken Larsen
    • 04-02-15

    Wonderful group of short stories

    A wonderful group of intriguing short stories, written by world class authors and performed with great enthusiasm which one can enjoy anytime.

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    • Rebekah Collins
    • 17-01-21

    Terrible Narration . . .

    I wish I had read the other reviews before purchasing this as I love short stories. Also there are no chapter titles and the narrator does not announce the author's name for each story either.

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    • Gerald Brissette
    • 03-10-20

    Tough listen

    The content appeals to me greatly. I just didn't like listening to the reader. It didn't seem genuine to me.

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    • Amber
    • 23-12-15

    Annoying

    Annoying and melancholic narration. The accent drives me nuts. Worst purchase ever. Very monotone. Would like my money back.

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    • Stephen O. Meredith
    • 25-02-17

    Narration is annoying

    The sing-song voice of the British narrator was fine for the first story or so but was highly annoying in its sameness over time.

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    • Patrick J McKenzie
    • 25-03-22

    No chapter titles.

    Great stories but the chapters should have titles so that you can easily access the story you want to hear.

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    • Some
    • 23-03-22

    Fire this narrator!

    This narrator nearly ruined the whole thing. Her predictable and repetitive tone, especially over-emphasized sentence endings made this a chore rather than a pleasure to get through.