Excerpted from the full Classic American Short Stories collection, the 1865 comedic masterpiece that first brought American humorist Mark Twain to the attention of a wide audience (and continues to entertain all ages today) receives a spot-on narration. William Roberts’ gentle baritone shifts easily from the character of the beleaguered Easterner to that of the loquacious Westerner rambling on with his shaggy dog (frog, actually) tale about gambling, record-setting amphibian leaps, human nature, and how a gullet full of quail shot handicaps even the greatest of jumpers.
This is a story from the Classic American Short Stories collection.
Five great American short story writers, dating from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, are represented here. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" leaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain's humor is to the fore in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and O. Henry's sharp observations make his neat tales a joy to listen to. An attractive and accessible collection!
Public Domain (P)2001 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
This is one of Twain's early humorous stories, taken from a tale he overheard from a disreputable con man who ran a less than fair frog race. The beauty of Twain, no matter if he is racing frogs or sailing down the Mississippi, is the richness of character and language and setting that transport the reader through time and space to a land of beings just different enough and still just enough like us to make us reflect upon our own circumstances, morals and customs from a different angle--and outlandish enough to make us laugh in the bargain.
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