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Publisher's Summary

How does picking up a piece of string lead to a poor old man's death? Find out in this Guy de Maupassant tale, narrated by actor Cornelius Garrett.

Public Domain (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks

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A very relevant cautionary tale

An insightful example of how social mobbing ruins lives all started by hateful accusations. Can't we see that happening today?

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Fable of the Protesting Snowball

Fun short story that feels like a fable, or a cautionary tale about the perils of obsession and protesting too much. The narrator is fantastic, especially with all the accents. Appropriate for age ten and up. Free of profanity, sex, or religion.

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Another fun one

This short story was done very well. They give a good story in a short time. Clever and witty and can be listened to quickly.

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Cute story, a little hard to follow.

The Story line is an old 1, But it was hard to follow with twists and turns. The performance was good even through a thick British accent.

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  • Ruth
  • 08-07-21

Short While Striking

It's so short, but it's so striking that I went back and listened to it again.

It really makes me stop and ponder upon my conducts, and question the need to explain myself in the future.

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  • Mark
  • 06-09-22

Sweet and Sour

This is a lovely little Maupassant story that highlights how a simple act of thrift can have devastating personal consequences especially when fuelled by the attitudes and actions of the petit bourgeois and ignorant rural peasants.

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  • lawgirl
  • 05-13-22

short and good

short and good story, it can be finished while doing the dishes or something else around the house

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  • 04-28-22

Worth !

I am really like this audio book. nice content. excellent narration in this content.
Fantastic story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-22

Great!

I am really like this audio book. nice content. excellent narration in this content.
Fantastic story

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  • 03-29-22

Just the sort of piece students are given to study

The Piece of String" is a short story by de Maupassant, in which Maitre Hauchecorne is falsely accused of theft. He explains that he merely bent down to pick up a piece of string, but no one believes him. Hauchecorne picks up a piece of string. When a peasant claims to have been robbed, Hauchecorne is accused.
Cornelius Garrett is not a natural narrator and loses connection with a listener with a bull in a china shop approach to his narration task.
The story has two-dimensional characters overlaid with infinite de Maupassant overburdened descriptions, particularly of physical characteristics. it is a moral tale of personal reputation and ironically avoiding stereotypes.

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