The Top Ten Short Stories - 19th Century (Audiobook)
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Read by Liza Ross, Mark Rice-Oxley & David Shaw-Parker (Unabridged: 5hrs 12mins)

Featuring stories by Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, Ivan Turgenev & others.

Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart.  A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.

In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?

The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme.  Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.

Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made.  If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.

Across far flung territories that are undergoing a forced globalization by military and Imperial means stories emerge from near and far of times that perfectly illustrate societies as they make their way through this bustling century of demands, opportunities, greed and despair.

The need for mass entertainment in a myriad of cheap periodicals and magazines brought forth wonders of word, of wit and of narrative.

In this compilation - 

1 - The Top 10 - The 19th Century - An Introduction by x
2 - An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
3 - The Bet by Anton Chekhov
4 - Desirees Baby by Kate Chopin
5 - Passion In The Desert by Honoré de Balzac
6 - The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
7 - The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
8 - The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol
9 - Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
10 - The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
11 - The District Doctor by Ivan Turgenev