Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Volume 6


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(3.9 stars; 15 reviews)

In the six volumes of the Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the sixth and last volume, we find stories of Oriental origin. (Summary by Leni) (11 hr 51 min)

Chapters

Introduction: A World-Old Web of Oriental Tales 11:28 Read by Leni
The Power of Eloquence (Japanese) 22:26 Read by Martin Gradwell
The Dishonest Goldsmith and the Ingenious Painter (Turkish) 9:55 Read by Martin Gradwell
The Craft of the Three Sharpers, from the Thousand and One Nights 23:32 Read by Katie Riley
The Cheerful Workman, from the Thousand and One Nights 4:37 Read by Katie Riley
The Robber and the Woman, from the Thousand and One Nights 7:10 Read by Katie Riley
The Wonderful Stone (Chinese) 11:31 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Weaver Who Became a Leach, from the Thousand and One Nights 9:47 Read by Malane
Visakha (Tibetan) 16:03 Read by Mary Schneider
Told by the Constable, from the Thousand and One Nights 19:20 Read by John O
The Unjust Sentence (Chinese) 7:54 Read by Max Körlinge
The Scar on the Throat, from the Thousand and One Nights 41:56 Read by Malane
Devasmitá (Sanskrit) 19:05 Read by excessory
The Sharpers and the Moneylender, from the Thousand and One Nights 5:15 Read by Elanor
The Withered Hand (Turkish) 6:32 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
The Melancholist and the Sharper, from the Thousand and One Nights 4:05 Read by Elanor
Lakshadatta and Labdhadatta (Sanskrit) 10:08 Read by Max Körlinge
The Cunning Crone, from the Thousand and One Nights 6:34 Read by Jason Bennett
Judgement of a Solomon (Chinese) 8:05 Read by Michael Reuss
The Sultan and his Three Sons, from the Thousand and One Nights 13:15 Read by Michael Reuss
A Tale of a Demon (Sanskrit) 28:11 Read by Michael Reuss
The Jar of Olives and the Boy Kazir, from the Thousand and One Nights 23:45 Read by Michael Reuss
Another Solomon (Chinese) 3:35 Read by Ana
Calamity Ahmad and Habzalam Bazazah, from the Thousand and One Nights 55:31 Read by Easton
A Man-hating Maiden (Sanskrit) 15:05 Read by Jason Bennett
Told by the Constable, from the Thousand and One Nights 18:35 Read by Easton
The Clever Thief (Tibetan) 8:45 Read by Mary Schneider
The King Who Made Mats (Persian) 13:00 Read by Malane
The Brahman Who Lost His Treasure (Sanskrit) 4:42 Read by Malane
The Duel of the Two Sharpers, from the Thousand and One Nights 20:22 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Lady and the Kazi (Persian) 19:06 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Mahaushadha (Tibetan) 5:54 Read by Mary Schneider
Avicenna and the Observant Young Man (Turkish) 6:38 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
A Conjurer's Confession, part I 10:56 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
A Conjurer's Confession, part II 36:10 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
A Conjurer's Confession, part III 23:25 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
A Conjurer's Confession, part IV 14:42 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Fraudulent Spiritualism Unveiled, part 1 22:24 Read by Phil Chenevert
Fraudulent Spiritualism Unveiled, part 2 22:35 Read by Phil Chenevert
Fraudulent Spiritualism Unveiled, part 3 33:31 Read by Phil Chenevert
Fraudulent Spiritualism Unveiled, part 4 8:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
More Tricks of Spiritualists 24:47 Read by Phil Chenevert
How Spirits Materialize 31:34 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

Great stories, but not what it's titled

(4.5 stars)

Great stories, well read, from Asia and the Arab world. To call them mystery or detective stories is almost completely incorrect. A few stories involve crime to some extent, some include one or more murders, and a couple exemplify justice. But that's as close as it gets. Most are just wonderful stories: love stories, stories of bravery and adventure, morality tales et al. The selection is entertaining and exotic and gave me a glimpse of distant times and places.

(1 stars)

stories were not very interesting or seem to have no point.