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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: Jonathan Reese Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Before he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico, never to be heard from again, Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as “bitter Bierce” and “the devil’s lexicographer.” He left behind a nasty reputation and more than ninety short stories that are perfect expressions of his sardonic genius. This volume of selected stories represent an unprecedented accomplishment in American literature. In their iconoclasm and needle-sharp irony, their formal and thematic ingenuity and element of surprise, they differ markedly from the fiction admired in Bierce’s time.

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the premier title in this collection, is one of the most widely anthologized American short stories and is considered Bierce’s best work. First published in 1891 in Bierce’s short story collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, the story centers on Peyton Farquhar, a southern planter who is about to be hanged by the Union Army for attempting to destroy the railroad bridge at Owl Creek. As Farquhar stands on the bridge with a noose around his neck, Bierce leads the reader to believe that the rope breaks and that Farquhar falls into the water below, only to escape to his farm, where he is reunited with his wife. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” has been lauded as an example of technical brilliance and innovative narration as well as for its examination of such themes as the nature of time and the complexities of human cognition.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Samuel | 12/3/2013

    " 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 by KatieSuzanne | 7/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wilshem P. | 4/19/2013

    " 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 by Libby | 2/15/2013

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

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