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Publisher's Summary

A splendid collection of seafarers' tales.

  • "Choice Spirits", by W. W. Jacobs
  • "A Descent into the Maelström", by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "Pickled Herring", by W. W. Jacobs
  • "The Secret Sharer", by Joseph Conrad
  • "Mixed Relations", by W. W. Jacobs
  • "The Upper Berth", by F. Marion Crawford
  • "The Finest Story in the World", by Rudyard Kipling
  • "The Test", by W. W. Jacobs
  • "The Gold Bug", by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "A Shipwreck Collection", by Ambrose Bierce
  • "Not on the Passenger List", by Barry Pain
  • "The Treasure Ship", by Saki
  • "The Cabin Passenger", by W. W. Jacobs
  • "MS Found in a Bottle", by Edgar Allan Poe
Public Domain (P)2013 Red Door Audiobooks

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  • Spencer
  • 18-08-2014

A poor mix of mundane tales

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

I'm a bit biased, because I went into this expecting a bit more ghost stories, tales of phantom ships and drowned men that walk and eerie lights at the head of an unnatural storm. If I encountered just a few more good sea-fairing horror tales, it would have richly improved my experience.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

I enjoyed a couple of the offerings, so I'd go for something else by Marion Crawford, for example. Most of the tales were as enjoyable and memorable as a ration of hard tack without grog to wash it down.

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

The performance wasn't markedly bad, so much as it lacked much to make it special.

What character would you cut from Sailors' Yarns?

It's hard to pin down individual characters, but the offerings from Ambrose Beirce were as underwhelming as ever, and good standbyes like Saki and Poe left me joyless.

Any additional comments?

The world needs more nautical horror. A collection of ghost ships and sea monsters pains the genre with its absence.

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  • JackMargo
  • 21-02-2014

Reader Ruined It

It hurt to hear the reader destroy these ancient, wonderful stories. She murdered them.

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