Classic American Short Stories

by , , , , , , | Read by William Roberts, Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross

Published by Naxos AudioBooks

A special bundle just for SYNC listeners. Represented here are 16 short stories by seven great American writers, dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Kate Chopin's Regret is a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, forced to look after children; 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 observation makes his neat tales a joy to listen to. There is even an elegiac description of an eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans.

Read with sensitivity and skill by Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross, and William Roberts.

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AudioFile Review

Classic American Short Stories

Being a "classic" doesn't automatically make a story good, and one can't listen to the second-rate Jack London dog story and four predictable O. Henry stories that make up three of this collection's four sides without wondering how many of our classic authors would find a publisher today. William Roberts is an excellent reader, and given a true classic, like Bierce's "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" or Twain's "Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," he achieves the subtlety and concentrated dramatic force that are the hallmarks of the American short story. But with so many choices available in the canon of American short fiction, it's a mystery why this anthology would have so many uninspired selections. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine


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This book is paired with:

Bone Gap

By Laura Ruby
Read by Dan Bittner
Published by HarperAudio

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