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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (898 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saki Narrator: Richard Mitchley, Eve Karpf Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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In this selection of some of Saki's best short stories, we enter a fictional world in which the Edwardian gently are pitched against the rude forces of nature and maiden aunts struggle unsuccessfully to contain the merciless antics of children in their charge. Saki is perhaps the ultimate master of writing complete stories in just a few pages and his sublime craftsmanship is accompanied by a wicked black humour. The combination of sharp comedy and precise technique is quite unique and completely irresistible.

These stories are read for you by Richard Mitchley who has worked in theatres throughout Britain as well as the BBC and ITV together with his own Mayfly Theatre company and Eve Karpf who trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is widely experienced both as a reader of audio books and as a BBC radio actress.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/15/2014

    " The Story-Teller is very good--light, humourous and shows empathy for children "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/29/2014

    " These tales are exquisite! He has a dry wit, like Oscar Wilde. There are not many other authors that come mind who are like this. The modern day equivilants MAY be Road Dahl (his adult tales please) and John Collier. (IF unfamilier with them, look up both of these please! they are both wonderful!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bettie | 1/22/2014

    " read back in the '80's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 1/9/2014

    " First read some of these is 1994. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Sexton | 1/3/2014

    " Some witty one liners, a bit Oscar Wildey, quite sinister on occasion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/2/2014

    " Maybe the humour was a little too wry for me? Not as funny/satirical as I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carra | 12/23/2013

    " I read these at bedtime to my husband (gross, right?) and we both really enjoyed them. Saki writes for children as a child, in my opinion, and captures something that also appeals to adults (or rather, your inner-child). He's a scamp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/23/2013

    " I'm savoring every last story in this deliciously witty book. It may take me a decade to get through it, since each little story is so pithy and wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/7/2013

    " Some of the best satire you're likely to find. A lot like Twain, but dealing with the foibles of his British countrymen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 10/12/2013

    " funny or inspired in parts, dated in others "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Levon | 9/4/2013

    " Rather lightweight and very short humorous stories. More a book you'd dip in and out of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony D Buckley | 7/18/2013

    " Cool, bitter, bitter humour. These tales belonging the genre called the "Butler's Revenge". Saki's favourite people, however, are children and domestic animals. These, like Saki himself, are imprisioned outsiders, who bite back at the dull, complacent people who control them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Mayer | 7/2/2013

    " I love the snarky character Reginald; who knew Saki could be so entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandro Bugeja | 6/20/2013

    " Extremely funny but occasionally sobering in its everyday truths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Valente | 5/30/2013

    " Not as well known as Oscar Wilde or as well loved as Wodehouse, Saki's short stories deserve their place in the pantheon of the great comic writers. Hilarious, supremely clever, and full of acerbic wit and loveable scoundrels, I don't think i've ever been more entertained by a book of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac | 5/15/2013

    " At the time my mother gave this as a gift, she may or may not have seen how like this volume's central character I had already become (a snippy queer), but I thank her just the same. Saki's stories chronicle Clovis as he dishes out pre-Roald Dahl, sitcomesque lesson-teaching to the pompous elite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Thayer | 8/7/2012

    " currently listening to his short stories on libra vox and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! So imaginative and different and strange and loving! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry Nick | 12/28/2011

    " "Sredni Vashtar," "The Story-Teller," "The Open Window," "The Music on the Hill." and "the lumber room", I will read the rest as soon as I find them "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nena | 11/24/2011

    " So delightfully politically incorrect... enjoyed every word of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/19/2011

    " Great writing from a truly tragic character. If you like this, check out the stuff for grownups by Roald Dahl as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Msk | 5/15/2011

    " Funny and dark, what's not to like. This book fired my imagination like no other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Afhb | 10/20/2010

    " The best stories in this collection are master-works: perfectly paced with strong characterisation and decidedly anti-establishment themes. Brilliant book which you can pick up on a whim and jump immediately into a bygone age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 9/15/2010

    " One of my favorite writers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 7/22/2010

    " Given to me by a dear friend "to put by the bedside for always". An excellent book to dip in and out of when you are in between book. Scathing wit, amusing observations. "

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About the Author
Author Saki

Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916), also known as Saki, was born at the height of English Imperialism in Akyab, Burma. Saki is most widely known as a satirist of the English ruling classes, and his best known short story is “The Open Window.” He was also a novelist and playwright and the author of two works of nonfiction, including the historical work The Rise of the Russian Empire.