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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London Narrator: Patrick Fraley, Patrick Hogan, Russ Holcomb, Bruce Robertson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1994 ISBN: 9781482975161
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These ten treasured stories from the most influential authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are selected for their literary importance as well as their dramatic, oral qualities. The following stories are included in this collection:

  • “The One Million Pound Bank Note,” by Mark Twain
  • “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” by Mark Twain
  • “A Visit to Niagara,” by Mark Twain
  • “Mysterious Visit” by Mark Twain
  • “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane
  • “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” by Stephen Crane
  • “The Eyes of the Panther” by Ambrose Bierce
  • “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce
  • “The Love of Life” by Jack London
  • “To Build a Fire” by Jack London
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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

Patrick Fraley has created voices for over four thousand characters, placing him among the top ten performers of all time to be cast in animated programs. He holds an MFA in acting from Cornell University and is the author of the only character-voice curriculum ever to be accredited at the university level.