This is a story from the Classic American Short Stories collection.
Five great American short story writers, dating from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, are represented here. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" leaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain's humor is to the fore in "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and O. Henry's sharp observations make his neat tales a joy to listen to. An attractive and accessible collection!
It is difficult to believe that there isn't a full cast of actors behind this excellent performance of Stephen Crane's story set in the wake of the Civil War. Narrator and recipient of an AudioFile's Earphones Award William Roberts individualizes the characters in this story so fully that his performance feels as real as a documentary. As main character Old Henry eloquently recounts how he ran away from his first battle in fear, listeners will sympathize with rather than judge his cowardice. When Old Henry finds the courage to save the animals stuck in a burning barn, listeners will feel a complex gamut of emotions, especially at the story's moving end.
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