The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
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The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)

“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is a wild yarn involving a case of mistaken identity, a gambler who’d bet on anything, and a very unusual frog named Daniel Webster. First published in The Saturday Press in 1865, the tale was imm...more
Published October 1st 1965 by Filter Press (first published 1865)
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Carl Koch
Jim Smiley bets on everything he can possibly bet on. One day he found a frog and trained it to jump. The frog learned to jump further than any frog in Calaveras County. One day Jim met a man that said his frog was no more special than any other frog. Jim wanted to prove him wrong so he went to find a frog. While he was gone the man filled up the frog with a lot of quail shot. When Jim got back he bet the man that his frog would win. When the frogs went to jump Jim’s frog didn’t even move. The...more
The story titled 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' was originally published in 1865. The edition that I read had the story with a preface in which Twain has angrily addressed some frenchman who have tried to translate his story in french and had ended up making fun of it. So Mr. Twain has given the original story to him, then his own translation in french and then the translation in english of the story that the frenchman published in the article.

The story is about a Rev. Leonida...more
Mark Twain's sense of humor is peculiar, for want of a better word. I think I understand what he was trying to do here, but if I could sum this book up in just one word, I would call it strange. I'm always amused when an author addresses the readers (say, in an introduction, or in an afterward) without actually breaking from the fiction of the narrative, and that seems to be the whole point of this revenge edition.

"The Amazing Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is a short story about a man who ge...more
Joe Schalkowski
I read the short story “The Notorious Jumping Frogs of Caleveras County.” I liked the short story but it was a little confusing. The beginning of the story was somewhat hard to follow and was a little all over the place but it cleared up a little bit at the end. The general idea behind the story was good and is a very valuable lesson to learn in life. In the story, a man named Jim Smiley always found a way to bet on something. He bet on anything from horse races and dog fights, to chicken fights...more
Corey Schmidt
I read “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain. In the story the main character, Smiley, gets himself into a little bit of trouble. Smiley is a man who likes to bet on everything. He bets on dog fights to birds flying off fences. One day he catches a frog and trains it to jump. He wins a lot of bets with his frog until one day when a stranger comes to town and takes his bet. While Smiley is away he stuffs his frog full of lead quail shot. When it's times for his frog to ju...more
The Notorious Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

Mark Twain is one of the greatest and best known writers in the world. I am not sure about Burma, Iraq, Uzbekistan and other remote places, but in the “Western World” most of the children have read and enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. These adventures are actually included in the Guardian top 100 best books ever written. And the list is not some lining up of popular taste, or the fashion of the moment. It was compiled by experts and writers like...more
This is actually in a collected book of Twain, but I wanted to rate the story separately. The plot of the story is not actually that great. But the awesome. It captures this uneducated, small-town guy so well. Like the Huck Finn accents. I loved the language. It's like 5 pages. Read it just to hear the guy's voice.
Jeff Yoak
I can't imagine what I was thinking in high school when I thought this story was amusing.
Nicholas Piva
I don't feel the need to reiterate what the story is about, considering my fellow readers have done this twenty-fold. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is a classic, without a doubt.

Mark Twain is an excellent writer. That is if you enjoy broken English with a southern-plot bias. Now, many people enjoy it and I do as well, occasionally.

I just don't see how this story, as an individual one, achieved the ubiquitous reverence it has. I would give it three stars, for its clever story...more
Michael Cress
One of my favorite short stories of all time.
I read the version of this with the original, the french translation, and then the english translated from the french translation.

It's a fun story. I hadn't read much of Twain's short stories, and the narrative and style was fun to follow. His notes about the translation issues are almost funnier than the original story, but the story itself holds up well. I recommend it for a quick dose of Mark Twain, if you don't want to commit to a novel. Or just if you want a fun distraction for 20 minutes....more
This was such an interesting little book... if you ever have the chance to read The Jumping Frog I would recommend this edition. Why? Because it includes not only the original story, but all of the fun stuff that happened after it was published.

Basically, The Jumping Frog is a story that was told to Twain and which he subsequently wrote down and published. It's a short parable about a man who can't stop betting (and winning) and how he is eventually defeated by a trickster. At some point, the st...more
This a funny short story about a man who bets on everything. It's a story told to the unwilling ears of the narrator. Twain displays a masterful hand in humor. The broken vernacular used by Mr. Wheeler, makes the story sound more authentic.
This is a clever little story that takes less than 30 minutes to read aloud and leaves its reader laughing for about that same amount of time. Well worth a read if you want something quick and upbeat.
Fun little short story that's a good reminder of why we love Mark Twain. I wouldn't say that it's a true classic, particularly since the jumping frog is a very small part of the overall story, but it should bring back fond memories of listening to old timers trying to out-do each other.
Paul Secor
A three part book - Twain's original story, a French translation, and finally, Twain's tranlation from the French back into English (or American English, to be accurate). It's a setup, as Twain implies with a wink: "I cannot speak the French language, but I can translate well, though not fast, I being self-educated." And "There may be people who can translate better than I can, but I am not acquainted with them."
Nothing against the French - they make great films - but if I'm going to experience...more
Sep 06, 2008 Michel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michel by: Rita
Shelves: humor, doulce, lang
"Traduttore, traditore" (Translating is betraying, or something like that).
Mark Twain set out to 'prove' that point by caricature (which I'm sure is one of the 'fallacies' of deductive reasonning, but who gives a ** when things get so out of hand you get a LOL per page).
This is so funny you forget there is a real dilemma illustrated here: unless you read a foreign author 'in the text' (and know the language well enough to catch the non-said), you do not know what the guy really meant, you get wh...more
Stephen Floyd
Favorite Quotes: “A sincere compliment is always grateful to a lady, so long as you don't try to knock her down with it.”
Short (short!) story.

Simple but therein lies its beauty - well, that and the patois in which the tale's told.
The book I read had the Jumping Frog and other short stories as well.

Sometimes I understand why Mark Twain is such a reknowned author and sometimes I just don't. Maybe by literary definitions he's a genius, I just don't claim to know about that. Some of the short stories good, most somewhat interesting but then he just leaves you hanging there saying to yourself, "That's where you'll end it?!". One he even left open saying he got himself into a mess and can't get out and basically finish it off...more
The narrator repeats a tall tale he heard about a jumping frog. The story is told in an accent.
A tale is told about how a man won a bet in a frog jumping contest by out-smarting the frog’s boastful owner.
This was just a ho-hum story for me.
C.S.  Ferrier
Heh, this was a silly little story.
An interesting read.
I liked this version because it contains the original short story by Twain, as well as the French translation printed to share with the French audience; PLUS, the direct word-for-word re-translation back to English done by Twain as proof that it was mistranslated (it wasn't, French just has a tricky sentence structure); and finally, it contains the Greek story that is exactly the same, yet written thousands of years prior.
A good, quick, fun read.
Although much of what he has to say is probably lost in translation, given that he wrote a great many years ago, Mark Twain's writing is always good for a chuckle, and to help find the lighter side of any situation, no matter how gloomy it might seem. That said, I probably wouldn't want to be the butt of one of his jokes. While I enjoyed this entertaining romp through small-town life, unfortunately the title story was the only one in the book I read.
Jan 23, 2014 Amy added it
Absolutely hilarious. I can see why this is the story that launched Twain's career.
Pretty quick short story with an incredible voice. Twain had a great ear for dialogue. I would love to hear this story narrated by someone like Waddie Mitchell. If you're not familiar with him, think Sam Elliott in the Big Lebowski, but not quite as somber. He sounds about like he looks:
Waddie Mitchell
I started readying this short story to celebrate Mark Twain's 176th birthday. Despite the almost nonexistent / extremely thin plot, the story is funny and is able to get even modern readers to smile. The ending really surprised me: I was expecting something to happen, the main plot to begin, while it just ends abruptly, leaving me to wonder if I downloaded only a sample of the story by mistake.
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work...more
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