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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Walter ZimmermanUnspecified Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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Saladin Foster and his wife, Electra, are jolted out of their tranquility by the stunning news that a distant relative has left them $30,000. The one condition is that the couple must be able to prove that they had taken no notice of the gift by spoken word or by letter, had made no inquiries concerning the [ship] Moribund's progress toward the everlasting tropics, and had not attended the funeral. This condition leads to some major difficulties.

Other Twain stories included in this audiobook are Experiences of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup, The Facts in the Great Beef Contract, My Watch, The Canvasser's Tale, The Professor's Yarn, The Story of the Old Ram, A Story without an End, Cecil Rhodes and the Shark, and The Invalid's Story.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 3/17/2010

    " Contains Adam's Diary which is one my all time Clemen's favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/31/2010

    " Mark Twain is great at writing about the foibles of people and many of these stories illustrate them quite wonderfully. While other stories don't quite translate into the modern world, others still hold their charm. "

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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.