Best American Humorous Short Stories

  • by Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Caroline M.S. Kirkland, Eliza Leslie, George William Curtis, Edward Everett Hale, Oliver Wendle Holmes
  • Narrated by Stephanye Dussud
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right.
Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasters’s Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottom’s Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell Holmes; "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", by Mark Twain; "Elder Brown’s Backslide", by Harry Stillwell Edwards; "The Hotel Experience of Mr. Pink Fluker", by Richard Malcolm Johnston; "The Nice People", by Henry Cuyler Bunner; "The Buller-Podington Compact", by Frank Richard Stockton; "Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff", by Bret Harte; "The Duplicity of Hargraves", by O. Henry; "Bargain Day at Tutt House", by George Randolph Chester; "A Call", by Grace MacCowan Cooke; "How the Widow Won the Deacon", by William James Lampton; and "Gideon", by Wells Hastings.

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Unamused

There's an impressive number of stories here, but good luck finding them. The stories do not show up with their titles when downloaded on your iPod. When played, the narrator identifies the title and author of the first story. But the narration for the second story starts within the heading of "Chapter 1." The third story starts in "Chapter 2." In most cases, when you try to advance to the next chapter, you end up in the middle of a story. You don't know what you're listening to. In most cases it's impossible to skip ahead and select a specific story.
Stephanye Dussud is a pleasant enough narrator. She's best doing a French accent and worst when attempting a Southern dialect. But there's a sameness to her performance. There's also a sameness to the stories. The title of the collection would lead you to believe they span the breadth of American humor. But most were written in late 19th century. Aside from the work of Mark Twain, many are (very) light comedies of manners that haven't aged well.
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- Periscope

KINDLE perfect - Great VALUE - Dated stories.

A previous reviewer complained about this Audiobook because his IPOD didnt play it well.
The EXACT OPPOSITE is true with KINDLE. Every Story is a Chapter. The list of stories is read out at beginning of chapter 1 and then every title is introduced by narrator, at beginning of each chapter. AUDIBLE and KINDLE a perfect match.

As for content, I think the title misleading. These surely ARE NOT the 18 BEST American short stories - they might be 18 stories for which no royalties had to be paid to the Author, but that is an issue for another time and place.

Priced at less than $5 they are good value indeed.
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- george

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2012
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing