“The Stolen White Elephant” was written by Mark Twain and published in 1882. In it, an Indian elephant, en route from India to Britain as a gift to the Queen, disappears in New Jersey. The local police department goes into high gear to solve the mystery but it all comes to a tragic end. Twain’s satirical look at the police and newspaper worlds of the 1880’s illustrates some of the more outrageous proclivities of each.
Mark Twain is undeniably a genius storyteller and he doesn’t disappoint in this short story, “The Stolen White Elephant”. When a special elephant intended for the queen disappears in New Jersey, nothing else goes well, either. Ivor Hugh has fun with Mark Twain’s text. Hugh’s performance is varied and exciting. In particular, Hugh incorporates many unique voices, bringing to life Twain’s vivid characters, from the silliest to the most stoic. Hugh’s energized performance makes listening to this audiobook feel very much like watching a play, acted out by a number of performers.
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