The Gray Wolf
The Thing in the Forest
The White Wolf of Kostophchin
The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains
The Other Sie
Staley Fleming's Hallucination
A Werewolf of the Campagna
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By Zaubermond on 19-10-13
Ten tales of lycanthropy, beautifully performed
When I purchased this audiobook, there was no story listing or description so I include one here for those who are interested.
In George MacDonald's THE GREY WOLF, read by David Thorpe, when a young Englishman is stranded in the Shetlands during a storm, an old woman and her beautiful daughter offer him shelter and hospitality.
Nigel Lambert reads Hugh Walpole's TARNHELM. A man recollects his childhood, which was lonely and uneventful until the Christmas holidays of 1890, when he stayed with two of his uncles at Faildyke Hall.
THE THING IN THE FOREST by Bernard Capes is a breathtakingly brief tale from "the snow-locked forests of northern Hungary," read to great effect by Liza Ross.
Sean Barrett reads THE WHITE WOLF OF KOSTOPHCHIN, Gilbert Campbell's story of a wealthy, dissolute, and disgraced Muscovite who finds himself exiled to his Lithuanian estate where he ignores a servant's sound advice.
Garrick Hagon reads H.P. Lovecraft's THE HOUND, in which the protagonist opens the tale explaining he is about to take his own life. He goes on to recall the events which led to his present situation and the death of his friend.
David Thorpe reads GABRIEL-ERNEST by Saki (H.H. Munro). As usual, Saki's dark humor is mixed with irony and satire. (For diehard Saki fans, one might say this is a werewolf story with a touch of "Esme" and a dash of "The Music on the Hill.")
THE WHITE WOLF OF THE HARZ MOUNTAINS by Frederick Marryat, is read by Hayward Morse, and is unique in that it features the first female werewolf ever to appear in a short story.
Anne Rosenfeld reads THE OTHER SIDE: A BRETON LEGEND by Eric Stenbock. "And just then all shuddered, and all made the sign of the cross except Mère Pinquèle, for they heard that most dreadful of dreadful sounds...the howl of the wolf...."
Garrick Hagon reads Bierce's STALEY FLEMING'S HALLUCINATION, in which a man sends for his doctor only to tell him why he suspects that his medical advice is unlikely to be of much use.
Anne Rosenfeld reads the very short story, A WEREWOLF OF THE CAMPAGNA by Mary Crawford Fraser, which features the unusual setting of the Alameda.
While most story collections tend to be uneven, I found all the stories here to be wonderful and the narrators absolutely outstanding. I would definitely listen to another "The Story Circle presents..." production.
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By Gerson on 02-01-13
Where does Classic Tales of Werewolves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The best Horror Tales I've listened to.
What other book might you compare Classic Tales of Werewolves to and why?
The Vampire Archives. A compilation of thematic horror histories that span over a century written by the masters of the genre.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
The ability to create the atmosphere and to impart the protagonists feelings and state of mind in the correct dialogues and dialects of the intended time period.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The Werewolf Chronicles
Any additional comments?
Great fun and great narrators!
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