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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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By LaurelNYC on 04-26-16

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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By D. Anderson on 04-25-16

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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By Marilyn Burn on 12-07-15

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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4 of 6 people found this review helpful


By Ken Ellison on 10-29-14

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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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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