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Publisher's Summary

A grisly collection of despicable crimes told by some of the world's best writers.

  • 1. "Charles", by A. J. Alan
  • 2. "The Magic Casket", by R. Austin Freeman
  • 3. The Game Played in the Dark by Ernest Bramah
  • 4. "The Hammer of God", by G. K. Chesterton
  • 5. "His Brother’s Keeper", by W. W. Jacobs
  • 6. "The Murder of the Mandarin", by Arnold Bennett
  • 7. "The Murder of the Countess Görlitz", by S. Baring-Gould
  • 8. "The Shadow of the Shark", by G. K. Chesterton
  • 9. "The Burglary", by Arnold Bennett
  • 10. "The Perfect Murder", by Stacy Aumonier
  • 11. "Blackmail", by John Galsworthy
  • 12. "The Honest Thief", by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • 13. "To Be Taken in Water", by George Walter Thornbury
  • 14. "The Man Who Stole a Meeting House", by John Townsend Trowbridge
  • 15. "The Great Bank Forgery", by Sir Basil Thomson
  • 16. "Diamond Cut Diamond", by F. Britten Austin
  • 17. "My Adventure at Chislehurst", by A. J. Alan
  • 18. "The Marionettes", by O. Henry
  • 19. "The Inn of the Two Witches", by Joseph Conrad
  • 20. "The Man with the Watches", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 21. "The Saloon Passenger", by E. W. Hornung
  • 22. "The Severed Hand", by Wilhelm Hauff
  • 23. "Moon’s Gibbet", by Egerton Castle
  • 24. "A Lucky Number", by S. B. Hale
  • 25. "The Criminal from Lost Honour", by Friedrich Schiller
  • 26. "The Tête Noire", by Charles Allston Collins
  • 27. "The Downfall of Mulligans", by Banjo Patterson
  • 28. "Hunted Down", by Charles Dickens
  • 29. "Old Fags", by Stacy Aumonier
  • 30. "My Favorite Murder", by Ambrose Bierce
  • 31. "The Three Strangers", by Thomas Hardy
  • 32. "A Bottomless Grave", by Ambrose Bierce
Public Domain (P)2014 Red Door Audiobooks

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  • LaurelNYC
  • 26-04-2016

Reader is ill-suited for the material

What would have made Great Classic Crime Stories better?

A narrator with more experience weaving a storyline.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

I do not know --- I couldn't get past the narrator's inability to craft comprehensible sentences.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I'm beating a dead horse here. Wrong narrator for the content.

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

I couldn't get that far.

Any additional comments?

I'm kicking myself for not listening to the preview. I promise this will never happen again.

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  • D. Anderson
  • 25-04-2016

Narrator too distracting

I tried a couple hours worth of this book but I just couldn't get pass the narrator's accent and the way she draws out her words. stories are potentially good but I just could not focus.

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  • Marilyn Burn
  • 07-12-2015

Great stories, terrible narrator

Would you listen to Great Classic Crime Stories again? Why?

I would love to listen to them, but not with this narrator. I love short stories, but am appalled to discover that the majority of the Audible short stories are narrated by this dreadful reader. I was unable to get very far, although I have gone back to this 3 or 4 times, because each time I am defeated by the quality of the reading.

How could the performance have been better?

Anyone else reading it. What does Cathy Dobson think she is doing? It sounds each time as though it is the first time she has ever seen the sentences, and she has no idea whether she should sound amused, horrified or simply bored. She has a harsh voice, which makes it difficult in any event, but she also puts pauses in extraordinary places. The problem is that her reading gets between the listener and the story.

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  • Ken Ellison
  • 29-10-2014

Stories from a bygone era.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator; this lady's rasping voice makes this unpleasant listening. I also think a variety of narrators would have made this more enjoyable. The choice was my fault entirely. I recognised the names of most of the authors but I had forgotten how outdated and wordy our language used to be. The stories now of course at times seem very old fashioned, like watching black and white grainy films.I now appreciate the phrase 'plain English'. I am really struggling to get through the first half of this download.

What will your next listen be?

Michael Connely

What didn’t you like about Cathy Dobson’s performance?

See above

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

Great disappointment

Any additional comments?

I'm sorry to be so negative, I'm sure other listeners will appreciate them more fully.

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  • A reader
  • 29-09-2016

Bizarre reading

What did you like most about Great Classic Crime Stories?

Great stories

What did you like best about this story?

Variety, scene and setting.

How could the performance have been better?

What on earth is Cathy trying to do? Is she attempting to recreate prewar cockney? If so, she tends to sound more like someone with a severe case of flu. I am sure she can read well, I don't want to be destructive or negative, but the golden rule in every form of art is *avoid affectation*.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2020

Delicious

Very intriguing stories and I loved the narrator. Her voice and accent set the mood.

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