Masterpieces of Humour

  • by Mark Twain, W. W. Jacobs, F. Anstey, A. J. Alan, Arnold Bennett, Wilkie Collins, J. M. Barrie
  • Narrated by Cathy Dobson
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A delightful collection of humorous classic tales by some of the world's greatest racconteurs.

1. "The Cabmen’s Shelter", by A. J. Alan
2. "The Giraffe Problem", by Barry Pain
3. "The Man Who Stole a Meeting House", by John Townsend Trowbridge
4. "Hot Potatoes", by Arnold Bennett
5. "Mons. Cassecrouche’s Inspiration" by George Walter Thornbury
6. "The Burglary", by Arnold Bennett
7. "The 19 Club", by A. J. Alan
8. "Self-Help" by W. W. Jacobs
9. "Gabriel-Ernest", by Saki
10. "An Undergraduate’s Aunt", by F. Anstey
11. "Major Namby", by Wilkie Collins
12. "The Lightning-Rod Man", by Herman Melville
13. "The Murder of the Mandarin", by Arnold Bennett
14. "A Coincidence", by A. J. Alan
15. "Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty", by Stacy Aumonier
16. "The Mc Wiliamses and the Burglar Alarm", by Mark Twain
17. "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", by O. Henry
18. "The Belated Russian Passport", by Mark Twain
19. "The Test", by W. W. Jacobs
20. "The Model Millionaire" by Oscar Wilde
21. "Smoked Skipper", by W. W. Jacobs
22. "Curried Cow", by Ambrose Bierce
23. "The Black Poodle", by F. Anstey
24. "The One Million Pound Banknote", by Mark Twain
25. "The Changeling", by W. W. Jacobs
26. "The Inconsiderate Waiter" by J. M. Barrie


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A bumper collection

A nicely varied selection of tales, although there's nothing here written after the 1930's, so be prepared for a charmingly wry and sedate writing style. The reader's vocal style is quite distinctive, so I suggest listening to a snippet to see if you like her voice before purchasing.
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- BJShalts

Interesting historical collection of funny stories

What did you like best about Masterpieces of Humour? What did you like least?

This little collection of out-of-copyright stories collects some classics of humour, some of which will be familiar to those of a certain age.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not applicable. These are short stories.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cathy Dobson?

I have no suggestions, but Cathy Dobson has an unconventional way of narrating (both in inflexion and the pronunciation of words) which gets in the way of the story. One gets used to it, but all the same it is not very appealing.

Did Masterpieces of Humour inspire you to do anything?

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- Mr. R. E. Barr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2014
  • Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks