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Publisher's Summary

This anthology of unabridged short stories represents some of the most significant works from the most influential American authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes the following: "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving, "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Mermaids" by Louisa May Alcott, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, and "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.

Public Domain (P)2012 AudiGO

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Fantastic Listen

The short stories were the best and most enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the classic Twain Jumping Frog story because the narrator kept me laughing and on the edge of my seat the whole time! And the narrator for Rip Van Winkle was perfect - at first I thought he was rather droll and dull but I was so mistaken! Perfect lullaby tactic to lull me into the story and captivating me to the very end. I never heard Alcott's story of the mermaid but it was delightful with perfect narration! Enjoyed these stories and worth it.

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An anthology of American literature

Americana at its best. 6 stories narrated in a manner to give full credit to these excellent authors. A step into the past of timeless expressions of an era long forgotten

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Excellent!

Timeless stories and wonderful narrations! This is one that the purchaser will listen to again and again.

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A Fine Collection, Well Narrated

This is a good collection for listening in that they are mostly easily followed, I could listen while commuting and enjoyed the stories. “Mermaids” was slightly too youthful for my personal taste but really there is nothing wrong with the story. It is more of a children story and others were more for slightly older listeners. But I always like reading more Louisa May Alcott. Thank You