Here are eight stories from master American writers of the 19th century. They vary from sinister tales by Ambrose Bierce - why is that window boarded up? - and a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, but forced to look after children, to classic short stories by O. Henry and Stephen Crane. There is even an elegiac description of an eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans. Read with sensitivity and skill by Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross.
Set against iconic American landscapes such as the Civil War, the big city, and the Wild West, this varied collection of short stories finds capable suitors in the strains of two renowned performers. Fluid baritone Garrick Hagon (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Mission: Impossible) lends grimacing garishness to Ambrose Bierce’s sinister Civil War story "A Horseman in the Sky", while striking a more radiant, pastoral note in Stephen Crane’s "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky". Sprightly and sonorous Liza Ross (Batman, Tomorrow Never Dies) contributes good-humored stoicism to Kate Chopin’s "Regret", a contemplative vignette regarding a woman’s missed opportunity for motherhood. Elsewhere, listeners are offered a trio of tales from O. Henry, and James Fenimore Cooper’s majestic tribute to a solar eclipse
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