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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mark Twain was known as a great American short-story writer as well as novelist and humorist. This collection of eighteen of his best short stories, from the well known to the lesser known, displays his mastery of Western humor and frontier realism. The stories also show how Twain earned his place in American letters as a master writer in the authentic native idiom. He was exuberant and irreverent, but underlying the humor was a vigorous desire for social justice and equality.

Beginning the collection is Twain’s comic version of an old folk tale, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” first published in 1865 in the New York Saturday Press. It became the title story of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches, the work that established him as a leading American humorist.

Stories include:

1. “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”
2. “The Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn’t Come to Grief”
3. “Cannibalism in the Cars”
4. “Journalism in Tennessee”
5. “The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper”
6. “How I Edited an Agricultural Paper Once”
7. “Political Economy”
8. “A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It”
9. “The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut”
10. “Punch, Brothers, Punch!”
11. “Jim Baker’s Blue-Jay Yarn”
12. “The Stolen White Elephant”
13. “The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm”
14. “The Private History of a Campaign That Failed”
15. “Extracts from Adam’s Diary”
16. “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg”
17. “The $30,000 Bequest”
18. “Eve’s Diary”

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Quotes & Awards

  • Mark Twain was a master of “pungent tall talk and picaresque adventure.”

    The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ryan | 12/21/2013

    " Amazing - I think Twain's genius comes through most clearly in collected short-stories form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brent Barnard | 12/11/2013

    " There's no one as great as Twain. I do prefer, however, the longer and more classic Twain books like Roughing It, Huckleberry Finn, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bright Spence | 9/6/2012

    " One can learn a lot about life from any Mark Twain reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Margaret | 3/13/2012

    " Besides the "Adam and Eve" thing, this didn't really hook me. Ah well. "

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