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  • Classic American Short Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Unlike the other arts, American literature has been a powerful, influential, and leading aspect of American culture. By turns sedate and mercurial and possessing a moral mind set of various social values, the American short story reveals in its pages the psyche of a growing, sprawling nation whose sense of destiny has always been larger than life. Here are seven masterpieces that will make you smile, make you frown, and leave you pondering the mystery that surrounds the soul of a great nation.

    James says: "Beautifully performed!"
    "Over produced"
    Overall

    The stories in this collection are generally strong, but the performance is overproduced. When a character hears a Strauss waltz in his imagination, I don't need the producer to literally include it. I have an imagination too! There is too much music, too many sound effects in every story. The narrator has a wonderful voice, but was overly melodramatic at times. I agree with a previous reviewer - it should not be about the narrator, and it should not be about sound effects. Let the music of the language carry. For a contrast, check out the short stories of Zora Neale Hurston narrated by Renee Joshua Porter. What an amazing delivery, but the narrative still shines through.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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