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Publisher's Summary

The stories in this superb collection are as follows:

The Windmill as I First Knew It - Alphonse Daudet, Read by Stephen Fry
Boil Some Water - Lots of It - F. Scott Fitzgerald, Read by Kerry Shale
The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh - Saki, Read by James Rawlings
Idle Thoughts on Babies - Jerome K. Jerome, Read by Hugh Laurie
The Schartz-Metterklume Method - Saki, Read by Maimie McCoy
A Photographer�s Day Out - Lewis Carroll, Read by Nigel Hawthorne
Gentlemen and Players - E.W. Hornung, Read by Nigel Planer
Mrs. Amworth - E.F. Benson, Read by Richard Pasco
Timber - John Galsworthy, Read by Patrick Malahide
Into the Sun Robert - Duncan Milne, Read by Nicky Henson
No. 1 Branch Line - The Signalman - Charles Dickens, Read by Robin Bailey
The Squaw - Bram Stoker, Read by Patrick Malahide
The Loathly Opposite - John Buchan, Read by Iain Cuthbertson
The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe, Read by Patrick Malahide
The Mezzotint - M.R. James, Read by Robin Bailey
Angela - W.S. Gilbert, Read by Martin Jarvis
The Barrister�s Story - Sapper, Read by Brian Cox
Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet - O. Henry, Read by Nigel Hawthorne
Oh Whistle and I�ll Come to You, My Lad - M.R. James, Read by Rupert Friend
The Celebrated Jumping Frog from Calaveras County - Mark Twain, Read by Nigel Hawthorne

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  • GeekyGal
  • 03-12-2011

What an odd use of excellent materials

What would have made Short Stories better?

The stories were well chosen, mostly ones I had already read but enough new-to-me gems to keep this interesting. The problem with the presentation is that it is disconcerting to have only SOME of the stories introduced with the story and author names [and better yet, narrator name, too]. How much time and money could a fast identification per story have added? A Table of Contents (and a better way to search by story) would have been a HUGE help.

The bottom line is that this could have been SO much better with simple better organization. All of the individual pieces were good; the fault was in the package.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator selections were wonderful. What's not to love about the line up? Hugh Laurie, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Fry, Mamie McCoy go without saying, but Nigel Hawthorne reading Lewis Carroll could have been the highest point, even if the Carroll story wasn't the strongest literature.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-07-2011


The readers do not read the names or authors of the stories. This is very weird. It is hard for me to enjoy the stories without first hearing the title and author of the story.

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  • Caryl
  • 10-08-2009

There's work to do

Although the content of this book was very good and the readers excellent I was very disappointed not to have a list of contents, ability to search and find a story to listen to again and a too-quick follow-on from story to story. At the very minimum a content list should be provided to enhance enjoyment.

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  • Jacu1
  • 27-11-2010

Worth it

A veru good collection of short stories from a variety of master authors. What more could one ask?

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  • Gemma
  • 30-07-2011

A Pleasant Listen

I enjoyed this very much. The narrators and sound quality was very good. The stories themselves are mostly engaging and enjoyable, though I'm sure in a varied collection like this every listener will find at least one story they don't like.

The only negative I can think of is that it may not be something I can listen to again and again. Most short stories rely on a surprise or twist at the end, and once you have heard it once they can't hold you in the same suspense. I will certainly give it another listen in a few months when I've hopefully forgotten some of the endings!

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  • Steven Lynch
  • 22-05-2016

Gentle stories well told

This is a series of short stories by different writers. The stories are old-fashioned, and quite gentle in tone, but the narrators are all exceptionally gifted in bringing them to life.

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  • mrs
  • 23-12-2012

Excellent collection

Excellent collection of stort stories by some great story tellers. I put on my iphone at bedtime to help me sleep.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-2019

very poor sound quality

All the stories are excellent but the sound levels spoilt the product. Pity. The narrators were also first class. Pity.

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  • Stewart Gibson
  • 18-11-2011


Over the top foppish waffle about nothing, rather irritating after a while.Never finished the work.

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