Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right.
Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasters’s Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottom’s Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell Holmes; "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", by Mark Twain; "Elder Brown’s Backslide", by Harry Stillwell Edwards; "The Hotel Experience of Mr. Pink Fluker", by Richard Malcolm Johnston; "The Nice People", by Henry Cuyler Bunner; "The Buller-Podington Compact", by Frank Richard Stockton; "Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff", by Bret Harte; "The Duplicity of Hargraves", by O. Henry; "Bargain Day at Tutt House", by George Randolph Chester; "A Call", by Grace MacCowan Cooke; "How the Widow Won the Deacon", by William James Lampton; and "Gideon", by Wells Hastings.
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Extremely, utterly, terribly ... not funny
There is just no way that these short stories are the best of anything. I listened to 75% of this before giving up entirely. I smiled once and never laughed. The rest of the time I sat there wondering how it is that anyone ever thought these stories were at all funny. For example, The frenchmen's water lots is about a frenchman in america who gets greedy, buys land plots that unbeknownst to him were in the middle of a river. He demands a refund, doesn't get it and goes home. It is like these stories were translated from a different language and have completely lost whatever was ever funny about them.
Best american humorous short stories audiobook
While the stories were humorous in a very old-fashioned sense, they were unlistenable because of the narrator's whistling esses!