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Extended Audio Sample Great American Short Stories Audiobook, by Mark Twain
3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: William Holden, Van Johnson, Ronald Coleman, Edna Best, Frank Lovejoy Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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A collection of classic American short stories, including 'The Old Man's Bride' by Timothy Shay Arthur (read by Van Johnson), 'The Virginian' by Owen Wister (William Holden), 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James (Ronald Colman and Edna Best) and 'The Man That Corrupted Handleyburg' by Mark Twain (Frank Lovejoy).

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen-Marie Freeman | 10/16/2013

    " My favorite were the Ambrose Bierce and Jack London selections. Least favorite were the Stephen Crane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/7/2013

    " Twain's stories were my favorite, and this CD introduced me to Ambrose Bierce. I also enjoyed these stories. Stephen Crane I can take or leave, however. I might have left Jack London's too but only because he is best read in novels you'd like to cozy up next to a fire & read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 3/20/2013

    " Great classic stories. Fun to hear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 8/10/2012

    " Mark Twain's stories were thoroughly entertaining. Stephen Crane's were not. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cris | 10/29/2011

    " I didn't particularly enjoy very many of the stories in this book. It was helpful to learn about some of the authors and the ones I would like to read more. By the time I reached the end, I couldn't even listen to the stories by Jack Frost as I was so done with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misterd11 | 3/6/2011

    " This may be cheating, but I'm counting this even though I "read" it on audio-book. 4 stories by Mark Twain & 2 by Stephen Crane. The Crane stories seemed weak when read aloud. The two stories each by Ambrose Bierce and Jack London were brutal and riveting. "

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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.