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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. K. Chesterton Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Father Brown Mysteries Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455169634
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G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown is perhaps the most lovable amateur detective ever created. This short, shabby priest with his cherubic, round face attracts situations that baffle everyone—except Father Brown and his rather naïve wisdom.

The twelve enthralling stories in this book take Father Brown from London to Cornwall, from Italy to France, as he gets involved with bandits, treason, murder, curses, and an American crime-detection machine. And every problem he comes up against he solves with a simplicity of argument that leaves the other characters wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Stories include: “The Absence of Mr. Glass,” “The Paradise of Thieves,” “The Duel of Dr. Hirsch,” “The Man in the Passage,” “The Mistake of the Machine,” “The Head of Caesar,” “The Purple Wig,” “The Perishing of the Pendragons,” “The God of the Gongs,” “The Salad of Colonel Cray,” “The Strange Crime of John Boulnois,” and “The Fairy Tale of Father Brown.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Chesterton deserves a rousing cheer—in fact, three rousing cheers—for giving us another series of real and fine detective tales.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 3/21/2011

    " This one was a mixed bag. Some fantastic stories like, "The Absence of Mr. Glass," "The Paradise of Thieves," were balanced out against some lesser stories. Still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/22/2011

    " I greater-than three Father Brown. Admittedly, sometimes Chesterton shares the bigotry of his generation, but Father Brown stories always surprise and amuse and, most interestingly, carry some sort of moral thought about the Nature of Man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/10/2011

    " I enjoyed these, but I only have a giant omnibus and I can't take it with me anywhere. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 12/31/2010

    " I love Father Brown...short, surprising mysteries that have a wry wit. This one was no different...my only qualm was the story "The God of the Gongs"...which had problematic racial representations for the modern reader. Otherwise, a joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 9/24/2010

    " A little long winded, but a complete delight. These are the original one minute mysteries that I loved to read as a child (and as an adult). Bit bit more literary and longer then a minute, but quite enjoyable to go to the birth place of such a fun genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dmitry | 8/22/2009

    " The language is too cure for a crime book, and the principal character is not convincing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 3/30/2009

    " A nice collection of humorous mystery short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 2/24/2008

    " Nice little vignettes. Occasionally Chesterton pushes his characters too far to be believable. But entertaining all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/29/2008

    " Fun little mysteries. They're short. They're relatively tame. And they are usually funny. "

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About the Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) was born in London. He went on to study art at the Slade School and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind’s spiritual progress. After his conversion to Catholicism in 1922, Chesterton wrote mainly on religious topics such as in Orthodoxy and Heretics. He is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in The Innocence of Father Brown.

About the Narrator

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.