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The Very Best of O. Henry

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This volume contains twenty of O. Henry's finest short stories, including "The Gift of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief," and "The Making of a New Yorker."

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Published December 27th 2010 by Tantor Media, Inc.
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Jan 29, 2013 Frederick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This audiobook of stories by O. Henry was narrated by a dynamic voice-actor, Peter Berkrot. Because he gives voice to O. Henry's humor, a lot of the prose, which, if simply read silently off the printed page, would seem a bit mechanical, pours forth harmoniously.
I have kept O. Henry at arm's length ever since childhood, when my aunt gave me a book of his stories. But, I was at the library last week and thought I'd borrow an audiobook, as is my wont. I saw this and gave it a try.
There are greate
Yevgeniy Brikman
O. Henry stories are the literary equivalent of the one-liner joke. Short, witty, memorable, and with a clever twist at the end. This collection of O. Henry stories reminded me a little bit of a Mitch Hedberg stand-up routine. About half the stories are joy to read with a surprise ending that will put a smile on your face. The other half are predictable and immediately forgettable. Overall, it's a set of charming, but unremarkable tales that are good enough for a quick read.
Ashley Coberly
I listened to this and probably should have read it. I enjoyed his clever witty stories and may check out one to read.
Feb 08, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tommy Tucker's mother, The Cisco Kid, O. Henry wrote great short stories and some of his characters made their way into the culture without due credit. Oh well!

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O. Henry, the pseudonym of the American writer William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), is best known for writing stories full of wit, wordplay, and warm characterizations, and particularly for their clever twist endings. This volume contains 20 of O. Henry's best and best-loved stories. They are marked by coincidence and surprise
I'm marking the audio version a DNF because of the four stories I listened to, only "Gift of the Magi" held my interest. The others reminded me of Hemingway's style, which holds little appeal. Although the audio version wasn't for me, I'll try O.Henry's stories again in print.
Sep 17, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forced Sara to listen to most of this on our recent drive to the coast. I'm not sure she loved O. Henry as much as I do but it was great fun to revisit my favorites: the Last Leaf, A Retrieved Reformation and Springtime a la Carte. Some of the CDs were damaged so we missed the Gift of the Magi.
Jan 03, 2014 Josef rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though his stories were ground-breaking for characters and plot twists, going through the entire volume as a 21st century reader, I feel I should get hazard pay.
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William Sydney Porter lends the pen name "O. Henry" to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter. His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. Their voices and his language were products of his era.

He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina. When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen, worked five years in his uncle's d
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