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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saki Narrator: Frederick Davidson, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455173761
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Hector Monro, writing under the pseudonym of Saki, is justly renowned for his urbane and witty short stories. His eccentric characters, humorous dialogue, and engaging domestic situations all reveal a penetrating and sometimes disturbing insight into human nature. As a quixotic tour guide, Saki leads the reader from garden party to pig sty to political convention with the ease of one who is intimately familiar with the cares and foibles of the human condition, showing us this vista of life through the well-tempered lens of his gentle, British irony.

In this definitive collection of seventy short stories, we can browse and sightsee at our leisure, cross borders of fresh insight, admire and enjoy each whimsical tale as we journey through the imaginative landscape of a truly artful writer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With the voices of Frederick Davidson and Nadia May reading alternating stories, these brief tongue-in-cheek portraits of English society (or more often its pretenders) contrasted with a life near the jungle create the equivalent of pleasant, easy-listening music…There’s no story that isn’t enjoyable, no humor that doesn't have its dark side…Recommended, in small doses, for fans of James Thurber and Rudyard Kipling.

    Library Journal

  • “Under the pen name Saki, Hector Hugh Munro wrote two kinds of stories, prankish humor about the British leisure class and chilling horror, a la the sardonic Ambrose Bierce. Through these the mellifluous Davidson and May romp in merry pointlessness. They strike the right tongue-in-cheek tone.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Afhb | 2/9/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 12/17/2013

    " 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 Msk | 11/28/2013

    " 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 Lisa | 9/7/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 8/28/2013

    " Hysterical and brilliantly satirical, Saki (H. H. Munro) was a brilliant writer who inspired the likes of P.G. Wodehouse and other British humourists. There are many moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. My favourite stories are "The Stampeding of Lady Bastable," "The Open Window," "The Shartz-Metterklume Method," "The Lumber Room," and "Shock Tactics." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 7/28/2013

    " It takes quite a good writer to make a book of short of stories that I'm willing to read straight through. The mixture of turn of the century American writing similar to F. Scott Fitzgerald but with a twist in each story that takes them out of the city to contend with nature. "Esme" the story of the women who capture a hyena in the woods who promptly devours a gypsy child was twisted and funny, but Tobermory was the best examining the idea that we come to resemble physically and in other manerisms, our pets. This is fine if your pet is a good natured parrot... but when you adopt a crazed chimp, not so good. A fun book of stories for all ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 7/9/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 6/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 6/10/2013

    " funny or inspired in parts, dated in others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac | 5/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Levon | 2/4/2013

    " 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 | 10/12/2012

    " 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 | 4/2/2012

    " 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 Paul Valente | 11/22/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bettie | 3/11/2011

    " read back in the '80's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carra | 7/25/2009

    " 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 Jenny Thayer | 11/27/2007

    " 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 Heidi | 7/2/2007

    " 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 Joseph | 12/31/2006

    " One of my favorite writers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 4/8/2006

    " Darkly funny and with a real bite, H.H. Munro (Saki) delivered many of the most satisfying short stories ever written. Each one is a craftily polished gem cut to perfection...that, diamond-like, *cuts* to perfection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/21/2005

    " You like horror? Humor? Dark humor? Suprise? An author too many have missed. Am must read. Loved this guy when I was a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/8/2005

    " 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 Robert | 3/17/2001

    " 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 | 12/23/2000

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/3/2000

    " 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!) "

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About the Author
Author Saki

Saki was the pen name of the British writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916). In addition to his short stories, of which he was an acknowledged master, he also wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington; a parody of Alice in WonderlandThe Westminster Alice; and a fantasy about England under German occupation, When William Came.

About the Narrators

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.