The Wisdom of Father Brown : Father Brown Mysteries

  • by G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • Series: Father Brown Mysteries
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown is perhaps the most lovable amateur detective ever created. This short, shabby priest with his cherubic, round face attracts situations that baffle everyone - except Father Brown and his rather naïve wisdom.
The twelve enthralling stories in this book take Father Brown from London to Cornwall, from Italy to France, as he gets involved with bandits, treason, murder, curses, and an American crime-detection machine. And every problem he comes up against he solves with a simplicity of argument that leaves the other characters wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?"
Stories include:


"The Absence of Mr. Glass,"
"The Paradise of Thieves,"
"The Duel of Dr. Hirsch,"
"The Man in the Passage"
"The Mistake of the Machine"
"The Head of Caesar"
"The Purple Wig"
"The Perishing of the Pendragons,"
"The God of the Gongs,"
"The Salad of Colonel Cray,"
"The Strange Crime of John Boulnois"
"The Fairy Tale of Father Brown"
G. K. CHESTERTON (1874-1936) authored thousands of works, including compilations of his voluminous journalism, novels, short stories, essays, biography, history, criticism, Christian apologetics, poetry, and plays. His work is characterized by tremendous zest and energy, a mastery of paradox, a robust humor, and forthright devotion.

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Great stories spoiled by narration

For some reason Frederick Davidson decided to give Father Brown a kind of nasal pompousness which really detracts from what his character is saying. It's not at all in keeping with the tone of the narrative. Shame really because this collection is complete unlike John Graham's (who is a much better narrator for these stories).
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- Polly

I've lost Father Brown!!

I felt as if this book was not from the same pen as others I have read. And much to my sorrow I did not enjoy the reader or the stories. However I will dip into the stories again, but not as a whole book.
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- Teresa Cooper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.