The Ransom of Red Chief

By: O. Henry
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 42 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the first tale, we follow two workmen on an intriguing journey to Coney Island, where the heartsick and disgruntled Tobin has his palm read. Who knew that palmistry could be so unpredictable? Secondly, a tale of kidnapping gone awry. A little boy, self proclaimed "Red Chief", is taken from his home, and has so much fun he never wants to go back, much to the chagrin of the kidnappers.

Public Domain (P)2008 B.J. Harrison

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Two O. Henry stories

Besides The Ransom of Red Chief -- one of the best-known stories by O. Henry (The Gift of the Magi is another) -- this title also includes Tobin's Palm. Both are amusing, well-written, and extremely well narrated by Mr. Harrison. I enjoyed them both, probably more than if I had simply read the stories.

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I knew a kid like that.

The story is very clever and fun to listen to. The narration is adequate for the story I feel that maybe a better narrator could bring this story to life more

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cute story

this was a very cute story. This is good for any age. It has a cute and funny ending. I enjoyed the way the narrator read it.

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Beware of Red Chief.

You might want to think twice before kidnapping Red Chief it might not be gratifying.

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2 Stories That Will Entertain.

I've never read O. Henry. But this was a good introduction and B.J. accentuated the stories with great characterization.

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O boy

I really only listened to this because of a sketch I seen on an old episode of SCTV Network 90, they had done an I Henry parody.

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Terrible

The concept of The Ransom of Red Chief was amusing. The actual story, however, was not clever and definitely not funny. Lame ending.