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Although this recording generally features a good selection of stories by Twain, the narration is mostly humdrum. "The Mysterious Stranger," which should be the highlight, unfortunately uses the 1916 version of the story, assembled from three other versions by Twain's literary executor, with significant cuts and additions by said executor. In other words, the version of the story presented here is not a version of the story that Twain himself wrote. Of course if the narration were better it would be possible to overlook that; but it's not.
(In the publishers' defense, it should be noted that the version they recorded is the one most frequently anthologized; and it does have some interesting features of its own. But the narration is just too bland.)
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