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This audiobook is a great collection of classics that can be listened to again & again. Some of the classics I had read before, but forgotten, others I had never read (because they never appeared on a compulsory junior or senior high school reading list, but should have). This audio book is, in my mind, particularly valuable if you have an "extra" book credit in a month & aren't sure what to do with it. You can get this book & listen to it anytime. One quibble. The listing on Audible doesn't tell you all the authors/stories contained in the audio ... (nor did a description of this that is up on Amazon for that matter). And the audio itself provides no explanation or transition from one story to another to tell you what story it is that comes next, who wrote it, and so forth. Irritating!! But it is still great literature & deserving of 5 stars.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio-book (and the price is certainly right when absorbed through the Book Club). There's nothing like reading/hearing the classics again, years later.
There are a few "clunkers" in here (the narration on "Desiree's Baby" is a terrible treatment of a beautifully written story, and "The Man in the Crowd" is surely among the weakest in Poe's body of work), but "Call of the Wild" and "The Kidnapping of Red Chief" are strong. All in all, this anthology is a good overview of American short stories, especially for students in grades 6 - 9.
As I remember from High School, some of the stories were great. Others had me wondering why they were classics. "Call of the Wild" is really good. I had never read it but it has me looking for more.
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