Eleven Classic Short Stories
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A slim volume podcast collection of eleven classic short stories read by Mike Bennett. This podcast features six stories from Saki (H.H. Munro), including Gabriel-Ernest, The Open Window, and Sredni Vashtar. Also included are tales from H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and a rarely-heard gem from Mark Twain, The Cannibalism in the Cars. These stories were originally recorded and presented on the Mike Bennett Sometimes podcast between 2008 and 2010.
||CleanGabriel-Ernest by Saki||When his friend Cunningham warns Van Cheele that there is a wild beast in his woods, he pays scant attention. But later, following an encounter in the woods with an uncanny, wild-looking youth who s||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDagon by H.P. Lovecraft||A man adrift on the sea wakes to find himself stranded on a slimy expanse of hellish black mire. What he later finds there is enough to unhinge his sanity and reduce him to a hopeless morphine addict, forever||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Penance by Saki||Something has been raiding Octavian Ruttle's hen house. The prime suspect is his neighbour's tabby cat. A death sentence is decided upon, and reluctantly carried out - much to the anger of the children who own the cat.||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Masque of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe||Poe's classic tale of horror. Prince Prospero locks himself and his many wealthy guests in his abbey, safe from The Red Death - a hideous plague that is ravaging the land. But for how long can they cheat death?||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSredni Vashtar by Saki||Conradin is a lonely young boy who lives with his guardian, Mrs de Ropp. She is a dull, cheerless woman who makes life dull and cheerless for Conradin, who might succumb to illness, were it not for his vivid||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft||A classic tale of horror and madness from H.P. Lovecraft. A university student takes a room in a Paris lodging house. He meets another tenant, Erich Zann, an old man who plays the viol. At night, the student lies awake listening||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Storyteller by Saki||A bachelor travelling in a train compartment accepts an invitation to amuse a group of bored children by telling them a story.||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cold Embrace, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon||A ghost story from M.E. Braddon. "Can death part us? I would return to you from the grave, Gertrude. My soul would come back to be near my love. And you - you, if you died before me - the cold earth would no||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTobermory by Saki||Cornelius Appin comes to Lady Blemley's house party with a remarkable discovery: he has learned how to teach animals to speak, and his first successful pupil is Lady Blemley's roving cat, Tobermory.||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cannibalism in The Cars by Mark Twain||A train traveller makes the acquaintance of a man who tells the macabre, blackly comic story of how he and another group of train passengers managed to survive being stranded in a snowstorm.||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Open Window by Saki||While Frampton Nuttel waits to present himself to Mrs. Sappleton, her niece tells him the eerie tale of her aunt's "great tragedy".||4/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
A Must Listen
Mike Bennett has a knack for finding stories that really engage the listener. It doesn't hurt that his naration is second to none. These stories will make you want to listen to more Mike Bennett and also make you want to seek out more by the original authors.
Good story choices but ...
The reading style is tediously slow and boring it detracts from these great classic works. I find it hard to believe so many people rate them so high. At least they're free.
Even if you have heard them before
Even if you've heard these stories before, listen again. Mike's readings are amazing. His tone, inflection and the way he obviously loves what he's doing is infectious.
Favorites: Tobermory, Srendi Vashtar and Gabriel Earnest