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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (684 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Jonathan Kent Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“The Mysterious Stranger,” Mark Twain’s fantastical last novelette, took him twelve years—and three long drafts—to complete. Based on boyhood memories of the Mississippi River Valley and of the print shops of Hannibal, the story is set in medieval Austria at the dawn of the printing craft. It is a psychic adventure, full of phantasmagoric effects, in which a penniless printer’s apprentice—a youthful, mysterious stranger with the curious name 44—gradually reveals his otherworldly powers and the hidden possibilities of the mind. Ending on a startling note, this surprisingly existential tale reveals a darker side to the author’s genius.

“The Mysterious Stranger” is a rarity in the work of Twain—a story in which the author turns his sardonic, free-wheeling wit to the problem of Eternal Evil in a distant time and place. In the other stories presented here, Twain debunks his Gilded Age; he ransacks the backyards of daily life and fable to find his notorious, sometimes preposterous metaphors. He is as apt to deal with the great minds of the law hunting a wayward elephant as with a man who has a bank note no one can cash.

In addition to “The Mysterious Stranger,” this volume includes

  • “The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg,”
  • “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,”
  • “The Story of the Bad Little Boy,”
  • “The Diary of Adam and Eve,”
  • “Edward Mills and George Benton,”
  • “The Joke That Made Ed’s Fortune,” and
  • “A Fable.”
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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brad | 2/19/2014

    " The first thing Missouri ever gave me...well other than the chlymadia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lis | 2/12/2014

    " collection of short stories. mark twain can really tell some stories. some were quick, a few ended real quick, and a few had a theme of favoring death over life's sufferings. overall, of course, mark twain hardly disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by R. Joy Helvie | 2/10/2014

    " Only giving it 3 stars 'cause it includes the improper version of "Mysterious Stranger." Everything else is amazing, but of course it's Mark Twain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tommy | 2/9/2014

    " I liked it. The 3 short stories were interesting, with "the 1,000,000 bank note" the one I preferred. The longer final story was much better and a dark critique of humanity. I found it intriguing, though the ending closed the story rather quickly and in a way that I found less then satisfying. I'd recommend "The Mysterious Stranger". "

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Kent is a published narrator of children’s books. Some of his narrated works include Aesop’s Fables, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and White Fang.