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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
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published October 1st 1965 by Filter Press (first published 1865)
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Carl Koch
Oct 25, 2013 Carl Koch rated it really liked it
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
I was lurking in a group discussing Tom Sawyer, and they were discussing how that book represented an American "idyllic childhood" of the era. And after thinking about it a bit, and listening to this short story this morning, I can definitely see their point.

But, oh, how incredibly different Twain is from Bradbury - who's the author I generally think of when I think of small American town idyllic childhoods!
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
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
Jan 31, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Picked this up at the library today because I've always been a big Mark Twain fan and for some reason I've never read this.
It was a short story in classic Twain fashion - the narrator being an educated man getting a story from a more down to earth uneducated man. It's funny and told well and I'd recommend it - only takes about 15 minutes and you'll enjoy it and maybe smile or laugh a time or two.
Mar 30, 2016 Marco rated it it was ok
“I claim that I never put together such an odious mixture of bad grammar and delirium tremens in my life.” Well, I have to agree. To be honest, I can’t quite understand why my professor made us read this story.
Jan 04, 2017 Javi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En un "Google Translate gone wrong" del siglo XIX, Mark Twain denuncia la mala traducción de uno de sus relatos ofreciendo su versión original, la de un crítico francés y la traducción que él hizo a posteriori de la francesa. Las anotaciones de Twain en éste último texto son más divertidas que la historia original: "Eh bien! I no saw not that that frog had nothing of better than each frog.” [If that isn’t grammar gone to seed, then I count myself no judge. I have no heart to write more. I never ...more
Joe Schalkowski
Jan 21, 2014 Joe Schalkowski rated it it was ok
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
Sep 06, 2008 Michel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 23, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
The titular story is okay. Cute, but only okay.

The real gold in this collection of sketches are the pieces "Answers to Correspondents" (seriously giggled out loud about eight times), "Concerning Chambermaids" (very amusing bit of hate-rant) and "The Killing of Julius Caesar 'Localized'" (where Mark Twain writes as if he was a first-eye witness reporter to the assassination of Caesar - best punch-up between toga-wearing gents if there ever was one!)!

Oh, the joys!
Apr 16, 2009 Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
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.
Leah Angstman
I love Mark Twain, but this story goes nowhere. A couple light chuckles. No moral, no purpose. The dialect is classic Twain, as always, but it's really not worth your time. Read Huck and Tom, instead.
Apr 11, 2015 Tessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
*For College*
Once again, not my cup of tea. It is fast and easy to read but it doesn't feel like a good story at all.
Michael Cress
Dec 17, 2009 Michael Cress rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite short stories of all time.
Nov 28, 2016 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hated the title story and found one of the other short stories included to be far superior.
Carie L
Dec 27, 2016 Carie L rated it liked it
i'm not sure i understand what twain was trying to do here.
Keelynn Hardy
Jan 05, 2017 Keelynn Hardy rated it it was ok
I have arranged my thoughts into a haiku:

"They'd never have him,
Those live, luckless gambler's props,
Had theyspeech to warn."
Sep 21, 2010 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2014 Realini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2012 Prashant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
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
Imagination Meg
May 16, 2016 Imagination Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone; especially Mark Twain fans
This is a great short story that Mark Twain wrote about a story. The basic plot is that a town's "rambler" - you know, that person who will tell long-winded stories and tell a million little facts and other related stories and has you falling asleep before they've talked for even a minute - that tells an unfortunate fellow about a man who would bet on anything (and I mean anything). Eventually, he gets to the story of the jumping frog. Somehow, the rest of the world got it into their heads that ...more
Yani Daniele
Dec 13, 2015 Yani Daniele rated it liked it
En realidad son 3 estrellas y media pero como no deja marcar así quedó en 3. Sin dudas este cuento tiene el sello de Mark Twain, supuestamente es algo "gracioso" aunque yo no le encontré ninguna gracia, más bien me pareció desagradable, ver como se encuentra divertido que un sujeto llamado Smiley se dedicara a apostar con todo cuanto ve, en especial con peleas de perros, gatos, gallos, etc. sin importar que el animal terminé muerto como pasa con uno de los mencionado. No celebro ni me gusta este ...more
Rachel Jackson
Apr 22, 2016 Rachel Jackson rated it liked it
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is such a strange, quirky little story about a frog who supposedly can out-jump any other frog in the county — but more than that, it's about the storytellers themselves, the narrator and Simon Wheeler, a bartender with a long-winded approach to talking to strangers. The story isn't so much about the frog as it is about the relationship between Simon and the narrator, and how absurd the situation is when Simon begins telling his stories. It's not ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Robin rated it liked it
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
Mar 25, 2016 Alyson rated it really liked it
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.
Nicholas Xifaras
Jul 19, 2014 Nicholas Xifaras rated it liked it
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
Oct 16, 2012 Kiwi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 16, 2016 Ardee-El rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, mark, twain
Must be read to be believed. You don't get one, or even two, or even three re-tellings of the classic story, you get four: The original story as written by Mark Twain, a translation Twain found in a French periodical of the time, Twain's re-translation of the story back into English (thus explaining why he wasn't considered very funny in France) that has more literary offenses than even Fenimore Cooper, and finally another's take on the story transplanting it to ancient Greece.
Mar 20, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
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
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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
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“Eh bien! I no see not that that frog has nothing of better than another.” 2 likes
“I am willing to be a literary thief if it has so been ordained; I am even willing to be caught robbing the ancient dead alongside of Hopkinson Smith, for he is my friend and a good fellow, and I think would be as honest as any one if he could do it without occasioning remark; but I am not willing to antedate his crimes by fifteen hundred years. I must ask you to knock off part of that.” 2 likes
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