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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Stuart Milligan Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in 1835 and is far better known by his pen name: Mark Twain. An American author and humorist of the first order, he is perhaps most famous for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the backdrop for these great novels. During his lifetime, he was apprenticed to a printer, worked as a typesetter, and eventually became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Later, he headed west with his brother, Orion, to make his fortune, where he failed at gold mining, and instead turned to journalism and found his place in the world as a writer of humorous stories.

The short stories told here showcase Twain's true-calling. His wit and humour sparkle from every word; his mastery of the craft is evident with every phase and punctured target. Enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish, these stories are read for you by Stuart Milligan.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikye Swick | 2/13/2014

    " The story California tale was very interesting and delightful because of its use of foreshadowing and how it draws you in just to twist the story and turn it on its head. In multiple cases in this story I felt like i knew what was going to happen and in the end everything I had thought was completely altered and the emotion of the story was almost devine. I personally really enjoyed the California tale and in the end i would recomend it to most if not all of my friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 2/12/2014

    " I LOVED this book! I had to read it for school, and Mark Twain's short stories are among the best thing he's done. If anybody ever wants a sort of beginner's taste of Twain without digging into one of his longer works, this is perfect. Plenty of moments where I left out loud---"The Story of the Good Little Boy," "The Story of the Bad Little Boy" and the Adam and Eve diaries are my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 2/2/2014

    " Ahh I love Mark Twain. He has such a great sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayla | 1/29/2014

    " There is something to be said for avoiding reading stale comedy. I can understand how this book would have been a huge hit in its day, but doesn't quite hold up for the 2000s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dod | 1/28/2014

    " Everyone knows about Mark Twain---Huckleberry, the Jumping Frog. So many more "yarns" are funny. Really funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ghoover318 | 1/26/2014

    " Read a story a night every night until finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Jane McLeod | 1/24/2014

    " Mark Twain is one of my favorite writers and I think he's brilliant,but there are some stories I just don't like. It's very sad to know what he suffered in life and how that affected his later work. He became bitter and bleak and an essential spark went out in him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/18/2014

    " Twain is a genius! this was a perfect book for traveling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank D'hanis junior | 1/15/2014

    " The favourite author of Kurt Vonnegut and a number of other great writers at his finest! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Gilbert | 1/12/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 12/23/2013

    " A must for any library containing American writiers. There's a goat, and a cow that fall through the roof, and a liar - oops, many liars. Great for the occasional quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bluemonday | 12/4/2013

    " This is a good, solid anthology of Twain's short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda | 9/9/2013

    " Somebody once remarked that Mark Twain is not as funny as he was a hundred years ago. But he's still pretty funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 8/21/2013

    " Yeah, M Twain is rad. thats pretty much all that needs to be said there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 6/22/2013

    " What a literary genius! This is one I will recommend for years to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Firefly | 5/9/2013

    " Any and all Mark Twain, any time of the day or year. He is my favorite author. I roll around on the floor laughing with tears in my eyes when I read his short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlyluisi | 4/7/2013

    " I don't like short stories, but many of these were pretty great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 4/3/2013

    " A darn good book, but boy does he get dark every now and again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe Mounce | 3/23/2013

    " Part of your human experience has to be reading this classic American Humorist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Haun | 3/11/2013

    " I had to read these for my book club, and I have to admit that I did it very reluctantly, but I found that I really enjoyed his stories and they gave me a lot of food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Morris | 2/28/2013

    " Twain's last short story is AMAZING... you can hear him struggling with religion and faith through the eyes of his child protagonist. The story is called "The Stranger" and I encourage you to grab a copy! This should be made into a movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 8/16/2012

    " Loved some of the stories not so much others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 8/3/2012

    " I think this is my favorite way to read Twain. I loved all of these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 5/8/2012

    " Didn't make it through the whole book, but really enjoyed skipping around. Favorites included the jumping frog story and the story about the "incorruptible" town of Hadleyburg. "

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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.