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The Trimmed Lamp: and other Stories of the Four Million

Gelesen von Marian Brown

(4,222 Sterne; 18 Bewertungen)

Born in 1862 and died in 1910, O. Henry’s birth name is William Sydney Porter; however, he adopted the pen name O. Henry while in prison. He published 10 collections and over 600 short stories during his lifetime.

The Trimmed Lamp follows The Four Million and provides another series of short stories that take place in New York City in the early years of the 20th century and are representative of the surprise endings that popularized O. Henry’s work. They also capture his use of coincidence or chance to create humor in the story. O Henry wrote about ordinary people in everyday circumstances. He is quoted as once saying, “There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts and newspaper stands.”

I hope you enjoy the following readings as much as I enjoyed recording them.
(Summary by Marian Brown) (5 hr 54 min)


Trimmed Lamp, The


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A Madison Square Arabian Night


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The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball


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The Pendulum


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Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen


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The Assessor of Success


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The Buyer from Cactus City


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The Badge of Policeman O'Roon


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Brickdust Row


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The Making of a New Yorker


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Vanity and Some Sables


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The Social Triangle


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The Purple Dress


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The Foreign Policy of Company 99


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The Lost Blend


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A Harlem Tragdey


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The Guilty Party - An East Side Tragedy


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According to Their Lights


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A Midsummer Knight's Dream


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The Last Leaf


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The Count and the Wedding Guest


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The County of Elusion


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The Ferry of Unfulfillment


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The Tale of a Tainted Tenner


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Elsie in New York


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(1 Sterne)

Although the reader has a strong, clear voice, her frequent mispronunciations significantly tarnished the listening experience. They took me entirely out of the story multiple times. It was evident she had neither rehearsed nor taken the time to look up unfamiliar words and foreign names. This disappointed me, because I really wanted to report that I had enjoyed listening to O. Henry’s stories. I hope this reader will adopt the habit of researching words and doing a practice-read, because, as noted, she does have a clear voice, and she carefully enunciates … her mispronunciations.

very entertaining

(3 Sterne)

I enjoyed listening to these O. Henry stories; there were several I hadn't heard before. The reader was adequate – very clear – but occasional mispronunciations (e.g., “egregious” and “Scheherazade”) tended to break the spell of the story.

(5 Sterne)

Excellent and very humorous, stories, as well as a Great reader. If there is inaccuracies in the vocabulary it is probably intended by O. Henry.