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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Narrated by: Wesley Mann
Length: 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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In this famous tale, the narrator retells a story he heard from a bartender, Simon Wheeler, at the Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, about the gambler Jim Smiley. Twain describes him this way: "If he even seen a straddle bug start to go anywheres, he would bet you how long it would take him to get to - to wherever he going to, and if you took him up, he would foller that straddle bug to Mexico but what he would find out where he was bound for and how long he was on the road."
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Funny like Bob Newhart

This little story made me and my 16 year old daughter laugh out loud several times on a recent car trip. An unsuspecting man is told by a friend to ask a stranger about a specific man the stranger is supposed to know, and the stranger tells a boring story about a different man with a similar name who had a problem with gambling and makes a bet on his talented jumping frog. The long winded story is told in a very serious manner and not meant to be funny — and that’s why it is. If you want to introduce your kids to Mark Twain, this short story is perfect. The exasperated man and the story-telling stranger are perfectly portrayed. Loved it.

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Classic short from an amazing author

Great short story by mark twain a literary legend. The tale of a gambler and his frog and a legendary lost bet. Well written and well read.