A Century of Great Suspense Stories
- Narrated by: Various Readers
- Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-11-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Books on Tape
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By Tim on 09-01-05
Some good stories - but not the entire book
Before commenting on the book itself, it is important to note that this is not the entire unabridged book. This is not Audible.com's fault, but rather the fact that the original publisher actually only produced the first half of the book. It is rather odd, because the stories go exactly in order as the hardcover, but stop about halfway.
Having said that, let me move on to the stories themselves. Like most collections, there is some good, some not so great, and a lot in the middle. There are a couple of great gems in here however - Jeffrey Deaver's "The Weekender" was so good it was almost worth buying the book for!! Although I had read "Quitter's Inc." by Stephen King before, it is an absolutely fantastic short story. "Killing Bernstein" was also interesting.
I should also clarify that many (but not all) of these stories fall into the "detective" type of stories. I was expecting a little more quirkiness(similar to Stephen King's "non-supernatural" type of stories), but many were just short crime stories.
If you've never read "Quitter's Inc" or "The Weekender" or if you like detective stories, you'll probably enjoy this one.
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By Adams on 27-06-09
Deaver can surely write them, but based on this compilation, he can't pick them. These stories were anything but suspenseful, and many of them were downright boring. As an example, one story was about ex cops hired to confiscate knock off merchandise from street vendors and the moral anguish this causes one of them; where's the suspense in that? Many of the stories abruptly end,leaving the reader to ask "what was the point of that?". I'd avoid this one.
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