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Great American Stories

By: Mark Twain,Stephen Crane,Ambrose Bierce
Narrated by: Patrick Fraley,Patrick Hagan
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Publisher's Summary

Here are 10 unabridged stories by the greatest American authors. These treasured stories from the most influential authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries were selected for their literary importance as well as their dramatic oral qualities. Included in this collection are:
  • Mark Twain: "The One-Million Pound Bank Note", "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", "A Visit to Niagara", and "A Mysterious Visit" performed by Patrick Fraley.
  • Stephen Crane: "The Blue Hotel" and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" performed by Patrick Hagan.
  • Ambrose Bierce: "The Eyes of the Panther" and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" performed by Russ Holcomb.
  • Jack London: "The Love of Life" and "To Build a Fire" performed by Bruce Robertson.
  • (P)1994 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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    Great Classic Stories

    I enjoyed the ten stories in this audiobook. Probably my favorite narrator was Patrick Fraley, The way he tells stories makes you feel like you are right there sitting around the campfire while he's telling the story. Highly recommend if you are a fan of any of these authors. Was another one of my picks from Audible Plus.

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    Equivalent of dumpster diving: gross but free

    Pros: free.
    Cons: Are they the greatest American stories? Uh: No. Does Audible/AmazonScaresMe include these as free and “great” but not preface the casual use of racist and sexist language used throughout? Nope. Amazon can’t take a bathroom break so I’m guessing a thoughtful context foreword is out. Is it the same old lame old canon of long-dead, presumably straight (but, hey, probably not) white men? Yep. It’s boring, inaccurate, and just…no. Stephen Crane’s “I Want Life” is the best of the lot, in part because there are no female characters and the narrator does not, therefore, use a toddler-age falsetto for grown women’s voices. And it’s also just a riveting, brutal, minimalist innovation that still holds fast. Please note: casual use of highly racist language in that story, as well, and that should be discussed/considered.

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    Interesting and descriptive stories

    These short stories were interesting, and the "in depth descriptions" of the action and scenes, draws the listener in. The speaker was easy to understand but quiet and low. Some stories are similar and predictable.

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    Pretty good

    I enjoyed some of the stories. Others were not as good. I would like to return this selection.

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    I couldn't even finish listening really boring. this is a terrible and monotonous collection of stories

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    Classics read well.

    I'm pleased with this collection of classic American writings and would recommend them to anyone interested in hearing them.

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    Awesome collection of stories

    this is a great selection of stories. I know I will be listening to them again.

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    Boring!

    Never finished. Stories were not compelling at all. The price as too much for this book.