Guy de Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story as well as one of the form's finest writers. His stories are characterized by their economy of style and efficient, seemingly effortless dénouements. This collectin features 21 of his best stories. Titles are:"Ephiphany," "Boule de Suif,""Countess Satan," "Consideration," "Diary of a Madman,""A Piece of String," "Growing Old," "The Sequal to a Divorce,""How He Got the Legion of Honor,""The False Jewels,""Love's Awakening," "The Horla," "In the Moonlight," "Madamemoiselle Fifi,""Useless Beauty," "The Wolf," "An Unfortunate Likeness,""Waiter: a Bock,""The Hole," "The Necklace," "The Signal".
Public Domain (P)2010 Jimcin Recordings
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2 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 06-01-14

Excellent stories ruined.

What disappointed you about Guy de Maupassant: Selected Stories?

Such excellent stories — Guy de Maupassant writes such insightful and carefully crafted gems — ruined by mechanical reading. Reader after reader fails to add any emphasis, drama or life to these fascinating stories. I cannot remember enduring such poor readings since school when each member of the class was pressganged into reading a part in a Shakespeare play.

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There must be better readings of these excellent stories elsewhere — I would recommend anyone to go and find them.

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4 out of 5 stars
By elizabeth in la plata on 18-06-14

Not his best stories and not the greatest reader

What did you like best about Guy de Maupassant: Selected Stories? What did you like least?

Occasional good story. Really bad reader(s).

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)


What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Very stilted, annoying Boston or Bronx accent.

Could you see Guy de Maupassant: Selected Stories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

Yeah, don't let this guy read anymore. From the reader of "The Horla", anyway. It was so disturbing listening to his plodding, badly-accented speech that it really took any enjoyment away from the story.

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