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Classic Humorous Stories

From the Great Storytellers of the World
Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Over 24 of the best humorous stories ever written.

  • The Inconsiderate Waiter, by J. M. Barrie
  • Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger, by Saki
  • Curried Cow, by Ambrose Bierce
  • Cannibalism in the Cars, by Mark Twain
  • A Love Knot, by W. W. Jacobs
  • A Bottomless Grave, by Ambrose Bierce
  • Biffin on the Bassoon, by Harry Graham
  • Esme, by Saki
  • Germans at Meat, by Katherine Mansfield
  • Adrian, by Saki
  • Her Uncle, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Hounds of Fate, by Saki
  • The Baron, by Katherine Mansfield
  • Laura, by Saki
  • The Changeling, by W. W. Jacobs
  • Oil of Dog, by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Chaplet, by Saki
  • The One-Million-Pound Bank Note, by Mark Twain
  • The Boar Pig by Saki
  • "A Circular Tour, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Unrest Cure, by Saki
  • The Yarkand Manner, by Saki
  • The Sister of the Baroness, by Katherine Mansfield
  • The Quest, by Saki
  • In the Family, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Venturers, by O. Henry
  • The Stampeding of Lady Bastable, by Saki
  • Smoked Skipper, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Brogue by Saki
  • The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm, by Mark Twain
  • The Mouse, by Saki
  • The Widower Turmore, by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Elk, by Saki
  • The Scharz-Metterklume Method, by Saki
  • A Distant Relative, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Talking Horse, by Thomas Anstey Guthrie
  • The Blind Spot, by Saki
  • "The Stolen White Elephant, by Mark Twain
  • Tobermory, by Saki
  • His Lordship, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Background, by Saki
  • The Dreamer, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Open Window, by Saki
  • The Unknown Quantity, by O. Henry
  • The She Wolf, by Saki
  • Alf’s Dream, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal, by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Stalled Ox, by Saki
  • The Storyteller, by Saki
  • The Test, by W. W. Jacobs
  • The Seventh Pullet, by Saki
  • The Gift of the Magic, by O. Henry
  • The Thousand and Second Tale of Sheherazade, by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Hen, by Saki
  • Mixed Relations, by W. W. Jacobs
Public Domain (P)2013 Red Door Audiobooks

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  • David C. Mauldin
  • 27-02-2015

An enjoyable listen

Any additional comments?

The stories are subtle; some are whimsical, others maliciously funny. The narrator has a lovely voice and accent.

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  • Suea
  • 02-08-2015

Not my favorite narrator

Would you listen to Classic Humorous Stories again? Why?

I already have. I fall asleep to these and so miss a lot of parts. It's kind of fun going back through them finding "new" story parts and even stories I'd missed while asleep. To do the narrator justice, she does read well and create distinguishable characters. i simply didn't find her soothing to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

Love the variation and that these were not horror stories though a few were borderline but even those were tongue-in-cheek.

What aspect of Cathy Dobson’s performance would you have changed?

She's very talented. I guess I got tired of listening to her voice in every story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt different emotions for each story was very different.

Any additional comments?

I would love another book of humorous stories but with various narrators or perhaps a less jarring narrator voice.

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  • claire b cotts
  • 30-07-2015

not particularly humorous......

perhaps styles have changed greatly, but some of the stories are only mlldly amusing at best, and the stories are strangely repetitive.
The chapters aren't labeled, so there is no why to figure out which story is by which writer, unless you play them.
I usually prefer british narrators, but there is something odd hearing mark twain or ambrose bierce w/ an american accent.
Couldn't make it through more than part of the first download

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  • John Peters
  • 25-05-2016

Too many same same

What disappointed you about Classic Humorous Stories?

"Classic" here evidently means "public domain" and nearly all are British to boot.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was professionally done.

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

The Mark Twain stories, and those by Ambrose Bierce (particularly "Dog Oil") really stood out for me.

Any additional comments?

My fault for assuming that "Classic" meant "Famous," and not looking at the table of contents before buying.

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  • deborah
  • 23-03-2014


What disappointed you about Classic Humorous Stories?

Not humorous in the least.

Has Classic Humorous Stories put you off other books in this genre?


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

Someone that didn't sound like a digital construct.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Classic Humorous Stories?

I listened to 3/4 of part one and there is nothing I would keep.

Any additional comments?

Waste of my credit for trying this service. May I have another? I won't be listening to any more of this and am happy to undownload it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful