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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ambrose Bierce Narrator: Kyle Munley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Going Public … in Shorts Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781482943016
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Set during the American Civil War, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is the classic short story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer condemned to death by hanging from Owl Creek Bridge. Flashing between the present and the past—from Peyton’s thoughts as he stands on the bridge to his memories as a major Confederate supporter in the South—he creates parallel realities in which truth and fantasy become indistinguishable.

A story of war, death, and the power of the mind, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is Ambrose Bierce’s most anthologized work and an enduring piece of American literature.

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  • “[‘An Occurrence at Owl Cree Bridge’] is a flawless example of American genius.”

    Kurt Vonnegut

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 10/30/2013

    " Interesting, strange short stories with unexpected twists and turns. "Behind the wall" was very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T.S. S. Fulk | 4/4/2013

    " The Civil War stories (coming from a Civil War vet) were more interesting than his attempts at horror/weird fiction. Still Bierce's influence on others like Lovecraft are important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 3/9/2013

    " it explained how death was being honored it's a short story but still powerful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilshem P. | 2/17/2013

    " I fouund this story pretty excited and interesting. I liked it because it showed me a new point of view(Omnicsent.) I enjoyed this story because it was very unpredictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt 2D | 4/18/2012

    " A strange tale that takes place during the Civil War. A man escapes death... or so he thinks. If you enjoy this tale, check out the Twilight Zone episode based on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TaylorA | 8/4/2011

    " Owl Creek was interesting. Some of the terms were a little old, so you had to pay attention as not to get confused. Other than that, the story was pretty amazing. The Twilight Zone didn't do it justice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KatieSuzanne | 8/3/2011

    " I really liked the Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. The other short stories that followed it weren't quite as good or as thought provoking. I even went online and found where I could watch the old movie short I'd read about in other reviews. It was exactly like the story and just as interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/12/2011

    " If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone, as I am, you will love these stories. They really have the same feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/17/2011

    " who knew that Bierce was so into the paranormal way back then? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/6/2009

    " If you like short stories a la Borges or Sherlock Holmes, check out some Ambrose Bierce. He's pretty rad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krooks | 10/27/2008

    " Bierce is a close second to Poe, in my opinion, for original, unique creepiness! Surprise endings that remind one of Shymalyan's movies abound. He's dark, scary, and brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 7/5/2008

    " I absolutely love Bierce's staccato writing style. Though his voice is entirely different, the aftertaste of these stories reminds me of Calvino, another of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberto | 3/23/2008

    " Uno de los autores más cínicos, sarcásticos y negros de la historia de la literatura. No apto para naifs. "

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About the Author
Author Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce (1842–ca. 1914) was an American journalist, short-story writer, and poet. Born in Ohio, he served in the Civil War and then settled in San Francisco. He wrote for Hearst’s Examiner, his wit and satire making him the literary dictator of the Pacific coast and strongly influencing many writers. He disappeared into war-torn Mexico in 1913.

About the Narrator

Kyle Munley is an audiobook narrator whose readings include The Measure of Manhattan by Marguerite Holloway, Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman, Holding Juno by Mark Zuehike, and many others.