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.
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!
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.