I'm only a few hours into this and if I could find some way to edit out the notes and details entered by the editors. Twain\s work is varied, as one should expect. So is dull, most would be wonderful, except for the notes on what was included and why. I imagine that a great deal of work went into this and that work is appreciated. But keep it out of a very interesting story written by a great writter.
This sprawling autobiography is a long, rambling assortment of Samuel Clemens' observations and recollections on his life. What I didn't know going in was that this huge volume is an academic attempt to connect all of the author's autobiographical essays into a multi-volume edition. I learned this from an interview with one of the editors on NPR. The editor explained that a reader could open to any chapter of the tome and have a cohesive read. Of course, that is harder to do on audio, and perhaps that's why the book seems so disjointed and rambling here. There are definitely sparks of that old Twain charm, especially when he writes about his youth. But the way the book meanders about, it is more of a chore to audit, and not as satisfying as I expected. I think the editors would do everyone a favor if they actually do some editing and give us a more cogent, concise picture of the man rather than the kitchen sink.
So many stories. Such a rich life. An iconic figure of American history brought to life through this reading. This volume ended with reading of a letter addressed to Mr. Clemens from Hellen Keller. Talk about a cliffhanger!
I don't know what I expected, but rather than include some antidote for his work, Mark Twain comes off as being pompous. I didn't finish the book.
Who starts out a book with two hours of credits and then the minutia of an author writing an autobiography. And then there was another two hours of the writing of President Grant's autobiography. Samuel Clements was truly a brilliant businessman and humorist, but he clearly thought a lot of himself that he comes across as having diarrhea of the brain and mouth. There were a few really good stories and some great quotes.But it droned on for so long that I did not realize until three hours later that I had gone into the next book on my iPod, Babbitt, performed by the same actor as was used in Mark Twain!
24 hours of this droning plus another three in another book accidentally! I kept waiting for the meat.
NOT the next volume in the Mark Twain autobiography. Truly disappointing.
He really could have been Mark Twain in his delivery. Well done.
Not listen to anymore Mark Twain autobiography.
couldn't even finish. This book should've been titled the making of the Boi of Mark Twain. Hit chapter 4 and didn't learn anything about his life except he put a lot of thought into making his autobiography. I want my credit back.
If you can get through the first few hours of the referencing of material, then you'll be handsomely rewarded with Twain's own words and wisdom. Fabulous Man.