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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is a wild yarn involving a case of mistaken identity, a gambler who'd bet on anything, and a very unusual frog named Daniel Webster. First published in The Saturday Press in 1865, the tale was immensely popular, and in 1867 an expanded version was published with 26 additional short stories, told as only Mark Twain could tell them.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 2/6/2014

    " Listening was very enjoyable! A good number of laughs are available in these short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Cress | 1/26/2014

    " One of my favorite short stories of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/21/2014

    " I listened to audiobook. Narrator was pretty good with different voices, but listening to some of the language was difficult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie MacMurchy | 1/20/2014

    " I read this short story in 7th or 8th grade. I remember it being very readable and quite funny. Twain is a wonderful storyteller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/18/2014

    " The stories in this book were fun, and very critical of humans in their willingness to push aside others and their morality for a bit of money. Just as I would expect from Twain. We could use a bit of this brand of satire today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Munson | 1/18/2014

    " "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and other Sketches " is essentially a collection of humor essays that Mark Twain wrote when he was working for a newspaper in California and includes the famous Jumping Frog story. This group of essays provide a great insight into the sarcastic and snarky humor that was a hallmark of many of Clemens writing style. Ironically, the Jumping Frog story probably isn't the funniest in the collection. My personal favorite actually turned out to be the "Concerning Chambermaids" essay. The humor contained in this book is surprisingly timeless (considering it's well over 100 years old) and left me laughing out loud many times. If you enjoy sarcastic humor that can be consumed in small bite-sized pieces, this is a great book to consider. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex (Al) | 1/10/2014

    " Gahhhhh, I hate HATE Mark Twain's writing. Had to read this for school. BLEH. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/4/2014

    " I just read the Jumping Frog, but loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 12/21/2013

    " Love me some Mark Twain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/8/2013

    " Usual entertaining Mark Twain. Nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 12/8/2013

    " A silly run-on sentence. Creative though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 11/4/2013

    " A lovely tale, highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua | 10/27/2013

    " A clever collection of short stories sprinkled with bits of deep genuine humor and on the whole filled with good characterization and dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lafcadio | 8/11/2013

    " Can't really go wrong with Mr. Twain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 7/25/2013

    " It has been years since I've read a Mark Twain book. It was very humorous and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 michael spencer harmon | 3/20/2013

    " Worth reading for the quaint descriptions of California life as it was just beginning, this is a great book for settling down to relax with some tea, and still a classic at that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/13/2013

    " Not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilariapdx | 10/16/2012

    " Mark Twain is the man. I want to be just like him. I think I'd look good with that moustache. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reeses | 9/8/2012

    " So far I only have read Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog but let me just say this, I am s lost on the clean humor. I think I need to read a few more of these to be able to get the overall message because the humor in this story was so completely lost on me. Oh well live and learn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/18/2012

    " The first of the readings for the class where I'm a graduate assistant (American Lit Since 1865 -- I hit the jackpot). Good example of the tall tale, and the part about the dog made me laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed Heichel | 7/5/2012

    " Read on audiobook. A better reader my have helped, but it's hard to tell. Not Twains best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/22/2012

    " This was a free downloaded audiobook from audiobooksync.com this summer. We listened to it on parts of the drive to & from Maine. It is a collection of short stories that were mainly written as magazine articles in the 1880's & 1890's - they were laugh out loud funny. A gem! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli Mandel | 3/31/2012

    " The French, after being clawed back into a civilized language by hard unremitting toil by the best translator Mark Twain could find; himself, had me laughing out loud, which is something few books have accomplished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 3/23/2012

    " Twain is an odd fellow but classic. Enjoyed his "fight" with a Frenchman. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 8/21/2011

    " Wow, that was a pointless, useless, and uninteresting story. How is this still in the world? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 3/22/2011

    " Although it's still a great story, it's my least favorite Twain. I'm definitely more partial to Huck Finn and A Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 2/24/2011

    " Mildly interesting story; pretty funny re-translation from the French. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 1/13/2011

    " A funny short story that is as pointless and most of the stories I am told throughout the day. I recomend it to everyone as it does not take long to read and was just so very fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/17/2009

    " One of my favorite short stories of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kati | 10/26/2009

    " I live in Calaveras County during weekdays and go to school in San Andreas. Mark Twain and this story are worshiped up here. I found the dialect in this story very funny. It's nice to know that even in Mark Twain's day, people in Calaveras County were idiots. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 8/20/2009

    " Wow, that was a pointless, useless, and uninteresting story. How is this still in the world? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 7/22/2008

    " The best part for me is not the frog, but the part about the dog Andrew Jackson. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Twain

Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens (1835–1910), was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal on the west bank of the Mississippi River. He attended school briefly and then at age thirteen became a full-time apprentice to a local printer. When his older brother Orion established the Hannibal Journal, Samuel became a compositor for that paper and then, for a time, an itinerant printer. With a commission to write comic travel letters, he traveled down the Mississippi. Smitten with the riverboat life, he signed on as an apprentice to a steamboat pilot. After 1859, he became a licensed pilot, but two years later the Civil War put an end to the steam-boat traffic.

In 1861, he and his brother traveled to the Nevada Territory where Samuel became a writer for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, and there, on February 3, 1863, he signed a humorous account with the pseudonym Mark Twain. The name was a river man’s term for water “two fathoms deep” and thus just barely safe for navigation.

In 1870 Twain married and moved with his wife to Hartford, Connecticut. He became a highly successful lecturer in the United States and England, and he continued to write.

About the Narrator

Robin Field is the AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of numerous audiobooks, as well as an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and lyricist whose career has spanned six decades. He has starred on and off Broadway, headlined at Carnegie Hall, authored numerous musical reviews, and hosted or performed on a number of television and radio programs over the years.