Friday, February 25, 2011

Most Popular Free Audio Stories

As promised, here's the most popular free audio short stories, as determined by average number of hits.
  1. "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
  2. "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane
  3. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
  4. "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  5. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor
  6. "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury
  7. "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton
  8. "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway
  9. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain
  10. "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte
Good stories, no doubt, but I suspect that most of these hits are students looking for help on their reading for English class. I'm sure that some of them are just looking for a quick summary of the story to get out of some schoolwork, thereby cheating themselves out of hearing some excellent literature. My hope is that the majority will actually listen to the stories and get a sense of how entertaining a well-written short story can be.

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