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A treasure-chest of the written and spoken word, this collection is read by brilliant actors who make this audio anthology a genuine treat for the listener. Includes: Reginald on House Parties by Saki, read by Nigel Hawthorne The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde, read by Martin Jarvis Tobermory by Saki, read by Barbara Leigh-Hunt On Being Idle by J A treasure-chest of the written and spoken word, this collection is read by brilliant actors who make this audio anthology a genuine treat for the listener. Includes: Reginald on House Parties by Saki, read by Nigel Hawthorne The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde, read by Martin Jarvis Tobermory by Saki, read by Barbara Leigh-Hunt On Being Idle by Jerome K. Jerome, read by Hugh Laurie For Better or Worse by W.W. Jacobs, read by Joanna David The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde, read by T.P. McKenna The Garden of Truth by E. Nesbit, read by Harriet Walker The Cat That Walked by Himself, by Rudyard Kipling, read by Liza Goddard The Girl from Arles by Alphonse Daudet, read by Stephen Fry Mr. & Mrs. Dove by Katherine Mansfield, read by Rosalind Ayres Georgie Porgie by Rudyard Kipling, read by Edward Fox Caterpillars by E.F. Benson, read by Patrick Malahide Lost Hearts by M.R. James, read by Richard Pasco Ship to Tarshish by John Buchan, read by Iain Cuthbertson The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Richard Pasco The Man of the Night by Edgar Wallace, read by Robin Bailey Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, read by Nicky Henson B 24 by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Brian Cox Pat Hobby & Orson Welles by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Kerry Shale Mad by Guy de Maupassant, read by Derek Jacobi The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Richard Griffiths The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs, read by Patrick Malahide For your convenience, CD tracks are marked every 4-5 minutes.


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A treasure-chest of the written and spoken word, this collection is read by brilliant actors who make this audio anthology a genuine treat for the listener. Includes: Reginald on House Parties by Saki, read by Nigel Hawthorne The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde, read by Martin Jarvis Tobermory by Saki, read by Barbara Leigh-Hunt On Being Idle by J A treasure-chest of the written and spoken word, this collection is read by brilliant actors who make this audio anthology a genuine treat for the listener. Includes: Reginald on House Parties by Saki, read by Nigel Hawthorne The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde, read by Martin Jarvis Tobermory by Saki, read by Barbara Leigh-Hunt On Being Idle by Jerome K. Jerome, read by Hugh Laurie For Better or Worse by W.W. Jacobs, read by Joanna David The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde, read by T.P. McKenna The Garden of Truth by E. Nesbit, read by Harriet Walker The Cat That Walked by Himself, by Rudyard Kipling, read by Liza Goddard The Girl from Arles by Alphonse Daudet, read by Stephen Fry Mr. & Mrs. Dove by Katherine Mansfield, read by Rosalind Ayres Georgie Porgie by Rudyard Kipling, read by Edward Fox Caterpillars by E.F. Benson, read by Patrick Malahide Lost Hearts by M.R. James, read by Richard Pasco Ship to Tarshish by John Buchan, read by Iain Cuthbertson The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Richard Pasco The Man of the Night by Edgar Wallace, read by Robin Bailey Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, read by Nicky Henson B 24 by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Brian Cox Pat Hobby & Orson Welles by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Kerry Shale Mad by Guy de Maupassant, read by Derek Jacobi The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Richard Griffiths The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs, read by Patrick Malahide For your convenience, CD tracks are marked every 4-5 minutes.

30 review for Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Some old familiars and some I had never encountered before in this collection. Really enjoyed "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, about Old Hollywood; "The Model Millionaire" by Oscar Wilde; "Tobermorey" by Saki; and adored "On Being Idle" by Jerome K. Jerome, but maybe, just maybe because Hugh Laurie narrated it. Enjoy is not the right word for a few excellent but distressing stories, especially "Georgie Porgie" by Rudyard Kipling and "Mad" by Guy de Maupassant. "The Girl from Some old familiars and some I had never encountered before in this collection. Really enjoyed "Pat Hobby and Orson Welles" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, about Old Hollywood; "The Model Millionaire" by Oscar Wilde; "Tobermorey" by Saki; and adored "On Being Idle" by Jerome K. Jerome, but maybe, just maybe because Hugh Laurie narrated it. Enjoy is not the right word for a few excellent but distressing stories, especially "Georgie Porgie" by Rudyard Kipling and "Mad" by Guy de Maupassant. "The Girl from Arles" by Daudet remains too tragique for me, but it is nice to revisit the original idea for something that became a play, music by Bizet, and the inspiration for many paintings and other works of art.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Mueller

    Most of these short stories fit the general 19th Century Gothic theme; all but a handful of the authors are British, with a couple French and American authors thrown into the mix. I love the short story format when produced by great authors. It takes a teriffic imagination to produce interesting tales in so few words, and great expertise to then condense these tales while developing characters and settings to the fullest extent possible. Add a wonderful voice actor and the result is magic! I'll ad Most of these short stories fit the general 19th Century Gothic theme; all but a handful of the authors are British, with a couple French and American authors thrown into the mix. I love the short story format when produced by great authors. It takes a teriffic imagination to produce interesting tales in so few words, and great expertise to then condense these tales while developing characters and settings to the fullest extent possible. Add a wonderful voice actor and the result is magic! I'll add more as I progress with my listening. The 22 Stories in this anthology are: Reginald on House Parties - Saki The Sphinx without a Secret - Oscar Wilde Tobermory - Saki On Being Idle - Jerome K Jerome The Model Millionaire - Oscar Wilde The Garden of Truth - E. Nesbit The Cat that Walked by Himself - Rudyard Kipling The Girl from Arles - Alphonse Daudet Mr. & Mrs. Dove - Katherine Mansfield Georgie Porgie - Rudyard Kipling Caterpillars - E.F. Benton - also just read in Strange and Fantastic Stories: Fifty Tales of Terror, Horror and Fantasy Lost Hearts - MR James Ship to Tarshish - John Buchan The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe The Man of the Night - Edgar Wallace Dr. Heidegger's Experiment - Nathaniel Hawthorne B 24 - Arthur Conan Doyle Pat Hobby & Orson Welles - F. Scott Fitzgerald Mad - Guy de Maupassant The Black Cat - Edgar Allan Poe The Monkey's Paw - WW Jacobs

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    A good assortment of short stories by classic authors, read by excellent narrators. I enjoyed many of these stories, or at least found them worth listening to. Similar collections of audio short stories have introduced me to some new (to me) authors, including one of my new favorites, Saki. I enjoyed both his stories in this collection, "Reginald on House Parties" and "Tobermory" about the social chaos caused by a talking cat at a house party. “Caterpillars” by E.F Benson is really weird and exc A good assortment of short stories by classic authors, read by excellent narrators. I enjoyed many of these stories, or at least found them worth listening to. Similar collections of audio short stories have introduced me to some new (to me) authors, including one of my new favorites, Saki. I enjoyed both his stories in this collection, "Reginald on House Parties" and "Tobermory" about the social chaos caused by a talking cat at a house party. “Caterpillars” by E.F Benson is really weird and exceedingly creepy, and would work well with "Lost Hearts" by M.R. James and "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs for some Halloween horror listening. "B 24" by Arthur Conan Doyle is a strong first person narration that leaves the reader as the judge. I played “The Cat Who Walked by Himself” by Rudyard Kipling a second time for my 8-year-old niece, and she enjoyed it. The only story I skipped was John Buchan’s “Ship to Tarshis.” I started it several times, and just couldn't get into it. "Mad" by Guy de Maupassant was similarly difficult to get into, but I did listen to it. I've read "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe before, but hearing them close together in this collection, I noticed there are a lot of similarities in the plot. I remember visiting one of Poe's houses and seeing the bricked up place in the basement that inspired the latter story (no sign of a cat, though).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    The stories were uneven in quality; the narrators were all excellent.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    More "meh" than "classic." More "meh" than "classic."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Phrodrick

    I found these 22 stories to cover a fair range of perhaps conventional but still varied short stories. I was hooked by the very short comic opening story "Reginald on House Parties" (Saki, read by Nigel Hawthorne) almost right through to the campfire favorite "The Monkey’s Paw (W. W. Jacobs read by Patrick Malahide). Between stories progressed through the comic to adventure, romantic to crime and finally to the scary or campfire ghost types. Classic seems to mean that the preference is for 19th a I found these 22 stories to cover a fair range of perhaps conventional but still varied short stories. I was hooked by the very short comic opening story "Reginald on House Parties" (Saki, read by Nigel Hawthorne) almost right through to the campfire favorite "The Monkey’s Paw (W. W. Jacobs read by Patrick Malahide). Between stories progressed through the comic to adventure, romantic to crime and finally to the scary or campfire ghost types. Classic seems to mean that the preference is for 19th and early 20th century, mostly male and mostly English speaking authors, "Mr. and Mrs Dove" (Katherine Mansfield read by Rosalind Ayres) and " Mad" (Guy De Maupassant read by Derek Jacobi) being two exceptions. This being a BBC production the readers all seemed to be from the deep list of British talent. The result is a satisfying tour of a few too many classic and not enough unusual selections. I am not a major fan of the short story and a few were too hoary for my taste. Poe’s "The Tell Tale Heart" and the a fore mentioned "The Monkey’s Paw" came across as too predictable. Given that I most like to have things read to me while I am on long drives, less demanding and short stories seem to best serve my interest in literature without demanding too much of my attention. Most of the performances were just as one might expect from finely trained English performers. Rudyard Kipling’s "The Cat Who Walks by Himself" was a little long to maintain all of the childhood bedtime story conventions but Liza Goddard handles it well enough. In fact many of these stories could have been invitations to over acting but such was rare.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    This excellent collection of short stories was really enjoyable. Featuring some of the lesser known works of some of the best authors of all time, these stories are like stepping out of the world of modern literature into the late 1800s and early 1900s. One or two of the 22 stories weren't as interesting as the rest, but overall, a really outstanding collection of stories. Great for your commute! This excellent collection of short stories was really enjoyable. Featuring some of the lesser known works of some of the best authors of all time, these stories are like stepping out of the world of modern literature into the late 1800s and early 1900s. One or two of the 22 stories weren't as interesting as the rest, but overall, a really outstanding collection of stories. Great for your commute!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Magali Najarian

    Some stories were great some were a miss for me. My favorites: - For Better or Worse by W.W. Jacobs - The Cat that Walked by Himself by Rudyard Kipling - The Girl from Arles by Alphonse Daudet - Georgie Porgie by Rudyard Kipling - Dr. Heidegger's Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Pat Hobby & Orson Welles by F.Scott Fitzgerlad - The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs Some stories were great some were a miss for me. My favorites: - For Better or Worse by W.W. Jacobs - The Cat that Walked by Himself by Rudyard Kipling - The Girl from Arles by Alphonse Daudet - Georgie Porgie by Rudyard Kipling - Dr. Heidegger's Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Pat Hobby & Orson Welles by F.Scott Fitzgerlad - The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This collection has a selection of different kinds of stories and readers that entertain for the whole production. The readers are trained experts but I found that the stories are dated and not what appeal to me, some are good but others bored me. An older person might find this collection more to their taste but I need something a little more recent.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I didn't love every story in here, but overall, I definitely enjoyed it. It was an easy way to able to listen to several stories I might have otherwise never picked up. Some of them were a bit boring though, and many of them are running together. However, "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe were fantastic. And "The Monkey's Paw" is always a good treat. I didn't love every story in here, but overall, I definitely enjoyed it. It was an easy way to able to listen to several stories I might have otherwise never picked up. Some of them were a bit boring though, and many of them are running together. However, "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe were fantastic. And "The Monkey's Paw" is always a good treat.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Four stars. What an enjoyable collection of stories. Each narrator was different and as delightful a treat as the story itself. Only a couple I clicked past. This was the perfect "palate cleanser" after a group of just-so books. [email protected] Four stars. What an enjoyable collection of stories. Each narrator was different and as delightful a treat as the story itself. Only a couple I clicked past. This was the perfect "palate cleanser" after a group of just-so books. [email protected]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This is a thoroughly entertaining collection of short stories from authors you may have heard of...read by narrators from across the pond (some of whom you may have heard of.) It's just plain fun, and a good 'read' for those pandemic walks. This is a thoroughly entertaining collection of short stories from authors you may have heard of...read by narrators from across the pond (some of whom you may have heard of.) It's just plain fun, and a good 'read' for those pandemic walks.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Peble

    A great collection! Good variety, and none too long. I really enjoyed the performances in the audiobook version.

  14. 5 out of 5

    msleighm

    A lot of gems!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin Black

    Great stories for my ride home

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dananna

    Wow, I'm glad I get to read modern books and not only old classics. These stories are bizarre and some scary. I'm grateful that the world has changed from the hard lives depicted in these tales. Wow, I'm glad I get to read modern books and not only old classics. These stories are bizarre and some scary. I'm grateful that the world has changed from the hard lives depicted in these tales.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Sasso

    The only tale I enjoyed and remember is the one about the cat. And of course, The TellTale Heart, but that one I already knew. All in all, this collection was a disappointment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alaina Sloo

    Great readers, like Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, and you can't go wrong with Edgar Allen Poe or Saki, but many of these classic short stories haven't aged well... Great readers, like Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, and you can't go wrong with Edgar Allen Poe or Saki, but many of these classic short stories haven't aged well...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alia Makki

    Incredible reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Realini

    Great Classic Stories read by Derek Jacobi, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Fry Most of the stories included here have been reviewed separately and they are great: Mad, The Sphinx without a Secret, The Monkey’s Paw, the Girl from Arles and more. The great discovery I made some years ago was the audio book. It was in the British Library that I could enjoy books on tape for the first time: Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle and C. S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters, read by John Cleese, of Monty Python fame. In Great Classic Stories read by Derek Jacobi, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Fry Most of the stories included here have been reviewed separately and they are great: Mad, The Sphinx without a Secret, The Monkey’s Paw, the Girl from Arles and more. The great discovery I made some years ago was the audio book. It was in the British Library that I could enjoy books on tape for the first time: Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle and C. S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters, read by John Cleese, of Monty Python fame. In fact you can now listen to almost any comedy, or show: Little Britain, Monty Python’s Life of Brian. It used to be audio tapes, now it is mp3, wma, etc. I got the habit of recording the plays broadcast on the radio and even now I have some of those in the attic, even though they are obsolete. Because there is little chance that they will ever be played again, in the absence, years from now, of the means (tape recorder, player) to play it, I decided to give those precious memories to my macaws. They enjoy them, not the voices, alas, but the tapes as toys to be destroyed and played with little wheels, screws and all. Fortunately, there are quite a few major projects which provide you with the chance to download for free audio books and under legal circumstances. Many excellent books no longer have the initial copyright protection. Quite a few never had one to start with. At issue are not printed editions, which we obviously cannot Xerox. But the copyrights for Medeea, Oedipus, Plato’s works and many more cannot be claimed, if you go to Livrivox.com or Audio BooksforFree.com, where a bunch of enthusiasts have volunteered and read many of the major works of humanity. I have downloaded recently Gargantua and Pantagruel. They have War and peace, Madame Bovary and many more. Check it out. You can also try the eBook version at the Gutenberg project, which may be .org, but I am not sure and as I come to think of it, I am not sure for Livrivox or Audiobooksfor free, what the end is: whether .com, org or something else. You Google them and find out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mortalform

    Giving this one a solid three as some of the stories were outstanding and some we not quite the thing. Favorites were "The Sphinx Without a Secret" by Oscar Wilde the mystery of loving a woman shrouded in mystery; "Tobermory" by Saki, in which a cat that has, through one man's great labour, learned human speech alarms greatly a party of gentles when he reveals knowledge of many of their private moments and conversations; and "For Better or For Worse" by W. Jacobs, in which a couple are reunited Giving this one a solid three as some of the stories were outstanding and some we not quite the thing. Favorites were "The Sphinx Without a Secret" by Oscar Wilde the mystery of loving a woman shrouded in mystery; "Tobermory" by Saki, in which a cat that has, through one man's great labour, learned human speech alarms greatly a party of gentles when he reveals knowledge of many of their private moments and conversations; and "For Better or For Worse" by W. Jacobs, in which a couple are reunited after 35 years.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)

    As with most compilations some stories will leave a better impression than others. My favorite was The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs. I wanted to like The Black Cat by Poe but, as an animal lover it shocked me too much.....Overall I found all the short stories worth it as they were all quick reads that were entertaining (some more than others)....some also made me think "what would I do in their situation"..... As with most compilations some stories will leave a better impression than others. My favorite was The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs. I wanted to like The Black Cat by Poe but, as an animal lover it shocked me too much.....Overall I found all the short stories worth it as they were all quick reads that were entertaining (some more than others)....some also made me think "what would I do in their situation".....

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Engelhardt

    As you would expect from a short story collection some stories are exceptionally good, others not so much. I listened to a BBC production of this on audio and that, I believe, was a bonus. The readers were all excellent and as you would expect from BBC, had British accents. I loved that. Many of the stories were familiar, but a really good story can be told again and again.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This collection of short stories was very hit and miss, I gave it 3 stars, but it is closer to two and a half. I did enjoy a few, but I was disappointed with the collection as a whole. If you are a big fan of 18th-19th century literature, you may enjoy it more than I did.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cricket Muse

    A mix of much older stories (19th century) that are eclectic in style and production quality. Some of the readers, such as Hugh Laurie, perform the stories quite well. “The Garden if Truth” by E. Nesbit is especially lovely in its telling and style.

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Stevens

    I'm listening to this on audio book from Audible.com. These wonderful stories are read by terrific actors and otherwise voice artists. It's a pleasure to fall into. I'm listening to this on audio book from Audible.com. These wonderful stories are read by terrific actors and otherwise voice artists. It's a pleasure to fall into.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    Another audio with various narrators (Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry among others) and stories by a wide range of authors including Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Saki etc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    A decent collection of classic short stories.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott Cook

    Not great, but much better than listening to the kids fighting in the car.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Definitely worth the read. Grateful for this collection of old masters.

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