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The Cabman's Story - The Mysteries of a London 'Growler' Paperback – July 12, 2010


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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Qontro Classic Books (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YMMARC
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,914,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Chappell on February 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very short story about a father taking his family for a vacation. They hire a cab to take them to the countryside. It's so crowded inside the cab that the father decides to sit up with the cabbie. The cabbie proceeds to tell tales about his long vocation as a cabman. The stories are fascinating. I wish there had been more stories, or at least more detail to stretch out this wonderful tale. I heartily recommend reading this. - posted by Poor Richard's wyfe
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on September 17, 2011
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This is a review of the free Kindle version.

This is very short, about 110 locations. It's a cabbie telling about the odd events he's seen or had happen.

The second story is really quite impressive - I don't want to ruin it, but that guy must have been an artist to do what he was in a cab while it was moving.
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By Carla C. Thomas on February 16, 2014
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This is a classic, but would it still get published today, on its own, if not for the famous author's name? Most assuredly not. Why is this story read today? If the answer is only because of the name of the author, that's not enough of a reason.

It's an extremely short story (8 pages) of a very long-winded narrator. Like many of Doyle's non-Sherlock stories, this one focuses on the mundane situation of a normal family. First, you have to know what a 'growler' is--a Victorian version of a cabbie. And, based on this story, cabbies haven't changed much! A family goes on vacation to the countryside for an extended time. There are so many people, and so much luggage, that the father has to ride up front with the cabbie. The cabman relates several tales of things that have happened to him over the years and things he has seen. I'm sure today's cabmen could relate. My favorite story (and only really memorable one) is the tale of a burglar who not only hid in the taxi after a robbery, but also used it as his escape vehicle.

I just didn't like this, even as a free read and even though it was a short read. I just wanted to rush and finish it. It just wasn't as good as some other short stories by Doyle and I felt like a teenager who had been assigned this as a homework assignment--not a pleasant feeling.
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By nanette jakobson on December 9, 2013
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THE ONLY REASON A CHOSE IT WAS THAT IT WAS CHEAP. IT WAS NOT THE PAGE TURNING CONAN DOYLE MYSTERY THAT ONE WAS ACCUSTOMED TO.
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Being a fan of Conan Doyle i enjoyed this brief story It is a period piece but a good one.
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