Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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"To Have and Have Not" by Ernest Hemingway

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S4 Ep 7

Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Scott & Ildi Rich

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Year of Publication: 1937

Plot: To Have and Have Not tells the tale of the Depression-era Florida Keys. Featuring Harry Morgan, a "Have Not," who charters his boat to the wealthy "Haves" of the world, this story shows what happens when hard times pressure a man into a life of crime.

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“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain

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“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain

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