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The Open Boat is viewed by many as Stephen Crane's finest work -- better than Red Badge of Courage. It presents a theme which depicts nature struggling against man but ends where nature is depicted as indifferent to man's fate -- a short work that encapsulates the naturalism of the literary period.
Audible offers three of Crane's best short stories, including Open Boat, in a different offering narrated by Deaver Brown. It is a good introduction to Crane's short stories; and Brown offers some excellent insights into Crane and his work, but his narration is too folksy and amateurish for my personal taste. The deep mellifluous voice of Richard Rohan in this recording provides a more satisfying audio experience of the work.
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