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Great American Stories Ten Unabridged Classics

Great American Stories: Ten Unabridged Classics Audio CD Review!  

We all understand how important it is to read the literary classics by those authors who have shaped the American literature scene to what it is today.  We know how crucial it is to experience those works that make us think, make us dig deeper into our own lives and psyches, and force us to contemplate life as we know.  This done through the eyes of characters from years past – brought to us by authors who have molded so many great minds and thinkers of present times.  

Authors like Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, and Jack London should be and often are required reading in so many schools in our great nation, yet so many of there best pieces have past us by.   

However, even though we know that we’re doing ourselves a great disservice by not indulging in these classic works, it’s very difficult for us to get the opportunity to force ourselves to sit with a book of yester-year, when life zooms past us daily at what seems like a thousand miles per hour.  Not to mention the fact that between the internet, and other forms of media, giving ourselves the gift of literatures early works tends to take a backseat to the more hurried pace of timely “new releases” of today.  

But now there’s really no excuse as to why we can’t indulge in some great classic literature with the audio CD collection of “Great American Stories: Ten Unabridged Classics”.   These stories capture the epitome of what literature is supposed to be about, by four of the pioneers of great American literature from the 19th and early 20th century noted above.  These stories were meticulously picked because of their literary significance as well as the oral qualities that can easily be played out dramatically on CD.  

Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens wrote many amazing stories that we are all well aware of including “Tom Sawyer”, and the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.  However, he also wrote some of the greatest short story sketches in history and therefore three of his fine works are included in this selection.  

Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, an 1865 short story where the narrator recaps a story about a gambler named Jim Smiley – that he’d heard from a bartender named Simon Wheeler – at the Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California.   

The story revolves around Jim Smiley and his gambling habit gone awry.  It’s a great story that you won’t be able to stop listening to.  Twain had a way to get you sucked into a story that’s for sure.  

Also included from Twain is the story of “The One Million Pound Bank Note”. This story revolves around two wealthy gentlemen who decide to give a poor stranger a million-pound bank note just to see what he will do with it. You’ll be quite surprised by the results of their experiment which are greatly unexpected.   

Another great American author is Stephen Crane.  From Crane you get to hear his story of “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” which details the efforts of a town marshal bringing his new bride to the “frontier” town of Yellow Sky Texas, at a time in which the Old West is being slowly but surely civilized.

Plus you get to hear the classic “The Blue Hotel” from Crane which chronicles the fears of five men during winter in the late 1800’s, in a small town in Nebraska. This is an exciting story that will definitely keep you enthralled.  

The late Ambrose Brierce’s tale of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” from his 1891 collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians is added to your audio collection also…as is his intriguing story “The Eyes of a Panther”.  

Last but certainly not least are the stories of America’s beloved master-storyteller Jack London.  London’s thought provoking “To Build a Fire”, regarding a man on the Yukon Trail on an extremely cold seventy-five below zero day… traveling with his only companion – a husky wolf-dog.  You’ll enter the man’s mind through his hardship while he stares at the fire meant to keep him warm.    

Along with this story is London’s “The Love of Life” which will have you rapt with your speakers.  

We have been fortunate enough to have four of the chief story-tellers of the last few centuries mesmerize us with their pens.  These author’s writings have been studies in school after school, and coveted as some of the best in the world.  To not treat yourself at the chance to enjoy these stories for yourself, or as a gift for a loved one is quite the shame.  Listening to “Great American Stories: Ten Unabridged Classics” will be a delight that you owe to yourself.