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There are 12 other stories in this volume that display Twain's incredible range of humor and wit:
"The Million Pound Bank Note"
Extracts from "Adam's Diary"
"The Joke That Made Ed's Fortune"
"Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale"
"Cannabalism in the Cars"
"The Story of the Good Little Boy"
"The Story of the Bad Little Boy"
"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calavaras County"
"Baker's Bluejay Yarn"
"The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's"
"Journalism in Tennessee"
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By Tad Davis on 05-19-08
Good selection, uneven narration
This audiobook, especially if you combine it with its companion recording "The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories," gets five stars for selection: between them, they present Mark Twain's best short fiction. ("The Mysterious Stranger" doesn't make the cut here, unfortunately; but since most recordings of that story use a text seriously compromised by Twain's literary executor, that may be for the best.)
Unfortunately this audiobook, like "The $30,000 Bequest," suffers from uneven narration -- bad enough in places to bring the rating down to three stars. This in itself is not unusual for recordings of Twain short stories: the temptation to fake the accent, the bluster, or the comic energy seems too strong for most narrators. Probably my favorite recording of a Twain short story is Norman Dietz doing "The Stolen White Elephant" (available on his recording of "The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg"). Compared to that, these efforts come in as poor seconds.
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