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James

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  • Great American Short Stories: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and others
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    This collection is a short-story lover's dream. Included are 17 classic works, representing the finest American writers in the genre. Included are "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, "The One Million Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain, "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.

    Empowerment says: "Great Selection"
    "Try any other book"
    Overall

    I have read works by most of these writers that I enjoyed very much. These stories focus on character description, but the plots are flat. Maybe we have experienced so many great stories written in the last hundred years, that these from the 1800s come across as amateur attempts. The only truly great story here is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". You would be better off trying any of the new books that are available.

    2 of 26 people found this review helpful

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