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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (93 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Bobbie Frohman Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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This delightful collection of gems by Mark Twain begins with the story of a town called Hadleyburg, which prides itself on the honesty of its citizens. One day a citizen of Hadleyburg offends a stranger passing through, who vows to take his revenge by revealing just how corruptible the sanctimonious town really is. Twain is at his best here, poking fun at common hypocrisy as the self-satisfied pillars of the community are done in by their own greed.

Other stories in the collection include:

1. The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg

2. The Double Barrelled Detective Story

3. The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

4. The Million Dollar Bank Note

5. Benton and Mills

6. A Tale

7. Cannibalism in the Cars

8. The Stolen White Elephant

9. The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's

10. The Good Little Boy

11. The Bad Little Boy

12. Baker's Blue Jay Yarn

Mark Twain (1835 1910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors our nation has ever produced, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. He has been called not only the greatest humorist of his age but the father of American literature.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 8/31/2013

    " There needs to be a category for "partially read." I didn't make it through all these stories. Many were enjoyable, but apparently I need a unifying plot to keep me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/17/2013

    " I always loved Huckelberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, and Life on the Mississippi, I never knew he wrote other books. I loved reading these books from one of my favorite authors. There is a humorous side to them that will keep you laughing and unable to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/8/2013

    " clever and funny short stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craroline | 1/9/2013

    " i love the stories about Adam and Eve at Niagra Falls, and the one about the bullfrog jumping contest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Gill | 7/20/2012

    " What can I say? It's Twain and absolutely hilarious at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/3/2011

    " Hilarious and dark at the same time. "Jim Baker's Bluejay Yarn" was probably my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 7/13/2011

    " I had a dictionary at my side the whole time I was reading this, but it was worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/12/2011

    " Super great. Twain is a treasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aj | 6/23/2011

    " Full of humor and wisdom. I don't know how to begin with this book. Halfway done. I used to read a story a night, and during that time the whole world was full of irony and humor. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well I say a dose of Twain a day keeps the therapist away. Hoho. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marina | 5/22/2011

    " Eh... I found it annoying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes | 5/20/2011

    " I like this more than Huck Finn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 5/19/2011

    " I found this book very funny and entertaining. Although most of my friends disagree with me, I thought this was a great book, especially when you're just in the mood to relax and have a good time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanket | 5/18/2011

    " Not as good as Huck Finn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 5/18/2011

    " i mean its a childrens book, amusing at times but i think overrated as a "classic" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " The antics of young boys can be very funny and entertaining
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 5/15/2011

    " Very hard to follow!!!
    This is the only book I know which the movie is wayy better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/15/2011

    " Long live Mark Twain. He is so witty and charming in his writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/14/2011

    " Great Literature! Funny boys--make me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navita | 5/14/2011

    " Tom Sawyer is mischivou kid that likes to bribe others for his own personal gain. Along the way the have mini adventure.
    This book explored the mind of a child that was unpredictable.

    Theme:
    -Innocence
    -Being yourself
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 5/11/2011

    " Classic Twain with great and imaginative stories and anecdotes, Tom Sawyer is the boy you wish you were . . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent | 5/11/2011

    " Exciting, very suspenseful, with every random little event connecting to other events with a smooth flow. "

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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

Bobbie Frohman, a third generation Californian, was raised in a large extended family, the niece of cowboys. Early on she developed a deep love of animals, training her dogs to perform with her at dog shows, and as a competitive barrel racer with her beloved horse, Lucky.