Mystery Audiobooks

Lost Hearts

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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by M R James
24 minutes, 24 seconds
Unabridged Ghost Story
1895

MR James

An early ghost story by James about a kidnapper/dabbler in the occult who has a keen interest in removing the hearts of children. You’re welcome. Performed by Susie Berneis.




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The Haunted Dolls’ House

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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by M R James
29 minutes, 53 seconds
Unabridged Ghost Story
1923

MR James

Probably the most famous of the ghost stories of M R James. Commissioned by Queen Mary for her doll house library, which is still on display at 1:12 scale in Windsor Castle. Performed by Susie Berneis.



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The Masque of the Red Death

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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by Edgar Allan Poe
16 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Horror Story
1842

Poe

What’s a Prince to do when his people are dying of plague? Why, wall himself off with a thousand other nobles and throw a masquerade ball, of course!

Silly prince. Doesn’t he know he’s in an Edgar Allan Poe story?
Narrated by Alex Wilson.



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Told After Supper

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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by Jerome K Jerome
1 hour, 2 minutes
Unabridged Humor/Ghost/Christmas Novella
1891

Jerome K Jerome

A Christmas mystery story where even the narrator can’t be trusted to stay sober or keep his clothes on.

“There must be something ghostly in the air of Christmas–something about the close, muggy atmosphere that draws up the ghosts, like the dampness of the summer rains brings out the frogs and snails.”

Performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune.



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Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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by Arthur Conan Doyle
50 minutes, 34 seconds
Unabridged Short Mystery Story
1904

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard seeks the guidance of Sherlock Holmes and Watson when the mysterious destruction of statues leads to murder.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
27 minutes, 01 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Science Fiction
1835

Poe

What happens when you hypnotize a person in the moments before he dies? The story that began as a hoax (it was first published without the “fiction” label) is one of the first modern science fiction tales.

Narrated by Alex Wilson.


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The Fall of the House of Usher

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
54 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Mystery Fiction
1839

Poe

“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all…”

Disease (vampirism?) and decay of both man and stone (do they share a soul?) in the master of the macabre’s famous tale. Includes Poe’s poem “The Haunted Palace” with musical accompaniment.

Performed by Alex Wilson.


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The Black Cat

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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by Edgar Allan Poe
33 minutes, 22 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Mystery Fiction
1843

Poe

“Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?”

Poe’s classic horror tale about intoxication, murder, and a most mysterious cat. Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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by Washington Irving
1 hour, 26 minutes
Unabridged Horror Story
1819

Washington Irving

Irving’s most famous story about Ichabod Crane–a timid schoolmaster and superstitious outsider in the the haunted Dutch community of Tarry Town–and his fateful encounter with the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier: the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

Note: only the first part (of two total) will be podcasted; the MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis downloads include the full recordings. Read by Alex Wilson.



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The Tell-Tale Heart

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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by Edgar Allan Poe
18 minutes, 39 seconds
Unabridged Horror Fiction
1843

Poe

“You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me.”

The Master of the Macabre’s most famous horror story, and a consistent favorite among Telltale listeners. Read by Alex Wilson.




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