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Best American Humorous Short Stories | [Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Caroline M.S. Kirkland, Eliza Leslie, George William Curtis, Edward Everett Hale, Oliver Wendle Holmes]

Best American Humorous Short Stories

Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right. Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasters’s Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottom’s Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell; and more.
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Publisher's Summary

Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right.

Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasters’s Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottom’s Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell Holmes; "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", by Mark Twain; "Elder Brown’s Backslide", by Harry Stillwell Edwards; "The Hotel Experience of Mr. Pink Fluker", by Richard Malcolm Johnston; "The Nice People", by Henry Cuyler Bunner; "The Buller-Podington Compact", by Frank Richard Stockton; "Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff", by Bret Harte; "The Duplicity of Hargraves", by O. Henry; "Bargain Day at Tutt House", by George Randolph Chester; "A Call", by Grace MacCowan Cooke; "How the Widow Won the Deacon", by William James Lampton; and "Gideon", by Wells Hastings.

Public Domain (P)2012 Cherry Hill Publishing

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    George New York, NY, United States 10-13-12
    George New York, NY, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unamused"

    There's an impressive number of stories here, but good luck finding them. The stories do not show up with their titles when downloaded on your iPod. When played, the narrator identifies the title and author of the first story. But the narration for the second story starts within the heading of "Chapter 1." The third story starts in "Chapter 2." In most cases, when you try to advance to the next chapter, you end up in the middle of a story. You don't know what you're listening to. In most cases it's impossible to skip ahead and select a specific story.
    Stephanye Dussud is a pleasant enough narrator. She's best doing a French accent and worst when attempting a Southern dialect. But there's a sameness to her performance. There's also a sameness to the stories. The title of the collection would lead you to believe they span the breadth of American humor. But most were written in late 19th century. Aside from the work of Mark Twain, many are (very) light comedies of manners that haven't aged well.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Pitman, NJ, United States 03-25-15
    Paul Pitman, NJ, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Outdated rip off"

    Though some of these storiesay be classics they certainly aren't America's best humor. Infact some of the stories like "titbottoms Spectacles" are down right sad. Though the title promised humor. ( it was about a man who could see the true nature of people with some special eye glasses.).
    Other stories were down right offensive, but not in a funny way. Like "Giddeon," a story about a former slave who becomes a new york performer, only to ruaway back south where he abducts a young girl to make her his wife.
    In general these stories are to outdated too outdated and contextual to be really funny. For example "the callers" is about the nervous trials two young boys face while attempting to "call" on some neighbor girls.
    The only really good stories in this collection were those by Mark Twain and O'Henry. You are much better off buying a collection of there stories and skipping this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    george Bathurst, Australia 02-18-15
    george Bathurst, Australia 02-18-15 Member Since 2011

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    "KINDLE perfect - Great VALUE - Dated stories."

    A previous reviewer complained about this Audiobook because his IPOD didnt play it well.
    The EXACT OPPOSITE is true with KINDLE. Every Story is a Chapter. The list of stories is read out at beginning of chapter 1 and then every title is introduced by narrator, at beginning of each chapter. AUDIBLE and KINDLE a perfect match.

    As for content, I think the title misleading. These surely ARE NOT the 18 BEST American short stories - they might be 18 stories for which no royalties had to be paid to the Author, but that is an issue for another time and place.

    Priced at less than $5 they are good value indeed.

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    Paula 08-25-13
    Paula 08-25-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Some delightful stories spoiled by the narration."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Having difficulty staying with the audiobook due to the narrator. I will finish it but it will take a lot of work.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No levity or personality to her reading.


    Any additional comments?

    While the narrator's voice is pleasant I am not convinced she enjoyed reading the book aloud. She needs much more life in her performance to make the characters come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 11-06-12
    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "good story selection well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    a good tast in stories by classic writers. fun and with the color of the early 20th century. a small peak at the peaple and culture of the writers time. helps to open the mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Best American Humorous Short Stories?

    "the deakin and the wideo" fun story with a lot of perid color


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the ladeys at the sowing circle.


    Who was the most memorable character of Best American Humorous Short Stories and why?

    strong caracters are the stringth of this groupe of writers.


    Any additional comments?

    the colections of clasic short stories is a good intrduction to a verry supurb grupe of writers and there times

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Enjoyable"
    What did you like most about Best American Humorous Short Stories?

    I liked the fact that they were all short stories. You are striaight in there. The humor was not quite what I anticipated but that means it challenged my thinking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Each story can be done in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I' m going to re listen to this book. There was so much to enjoy that it will be a long time before I can choose a favorite story from this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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