Fifty Short Stories

  • by O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, Kate Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Ambrose Bierce, Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Cathy Dobson
  • 25 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fifty of the world's greatest classic short stories:


The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
The One Million Pound Banknote by Mark Twain
The Phantom Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling
The Fly by Katherine Mansfield
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
My Favorite Murder by Ambrose Bierce
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
One Thousand Dollars by O. Henry
Regret by Kate Chopin
The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
The Mezzotint by M. R. James
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley
A Curious Dream by Mark Twain
The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield
The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie
The Sphinx without a Secret by Oscar Wilde
The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy
The Dead by James Joyce
The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
Memoirs of a Yellow Dog by O. Henry
Cannibalism in the Cars by Mark Twain
The Finest Story in the World by Rudyard Kipling
The Belated Russian Passport by Mark Twain
A Circular Tour by W. W. Jacobs
The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe
American Sir! by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
They by Rudyard Kipling
The Telltale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde
A Distant Relative by W. W. Jacobs
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce
The Background by Saki
The Black Poodle by F. Anstey
The Open Window by Saki
A Descent into the Maelström by Edgar Allan Poe
A Bottomless Grave by Ambrose Bierce
A Safety Match by W. W. Jacobs
The She-Wolf by Saki
Oil of Dog by Ambrose Bierce
Frau Brechenmacher attends a Wedding by Katherine Mansfield
The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm by Mark Twain
Curried Cow by Ambrose Bierce
Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe
The Changeling by W. W. Jacobs

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Disappointing production

This audiobook has no meaningful table of contents. There are 50 short stories but the ToC has 57 chapters, each named in the enlightening fashion of "Chapter 1, Chapter 2... If you are in the mood for a particular story, good luck finding it. I went in to the publisher's description on audible.com, copied/pasted the list of stories into Word, added automatic numbering to the list and printed it out in order to have some idea of how to find an author/story. Even this isn't foolproof, since for example, story #47 is on chapter 54. As this is a book of short stories, I do not want to be forced to listen in the publisher's order, but wish to be able to select what to hear based on mood, time available, and family members present.

The narration is okay - not to my taste, but not bad. Cathy Dobson has a clear voice but a hypnotic rhythm. This makes it easy to become distracted.

The stories, while all by famous classic authors, are somewhat repetitive in theme (what I have listened to so far, that is). I was only familiar with some of the stories prior to purchase, and the publisher's description consists only of a list of titles/authors, with no hint as to a central theme. Had I realized that so many stories consisted of the dispassionate narration of characters killing and/or torturing other people/creatures without remorse, I would not have purchased this for my family read-aloud time.
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- Robin52000

A Good Choice

What about Cathy Dobson’s performance did you like?

The narrator is certainly a gifted linguist, and able to reproduce seemingly authentic accents from a variety of European languages. There are two drawbacks to her narration. The first is that her British accent is so refined that at times it comes across as affected. The second is that a British accent just cannot do justice to Mark Twain, the quintessential American storyteller! These aside, I would still purchase another audiobook with Dobson as the reader.


Any additional comments?

The collection is a bit unbalanced toward Poe and Twain. I would have liked to have seen a greater variety, including Kafka, Bradbury, and Borges. All in all, though, I had never read most of the stories and enjoyed the selections.

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- Mountain K9iner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2013
  • Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks