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.
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.
The start of the book was a little slow, as the editors spent a bit more than needed in telling of what sources each pice came from.
Once you get past that, and twain gets to tell his story it is excellent
I was so excited to listen to this and was so disapointed. But it does show how much has changed in 100 years. He wanted to wait until everyone was gone before he let everyone read it so it would not cause problems or offend. But these really big revelations about famous people were so insignificant, by todays standards, that it became very mundane and a chore to listen to.. There were a few parts that I thought were very interesting and gave insight to a much different era, but for the most part it was just plain boring..
No. Too much talk about the autobiography and too little uninterrupted biography
Sadly this book left me feeling that Mark Twain is fixated on money, status and entitlement
I couldn't get past Chapter 2. For a book with so many footnotes and such, you really need to read this in paper. It was far to difficult to enjoy the main stream of the story with all of the interruptions for references.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Rambling thoughts and wit of Mark Twain. He gives insight In the real life people and places that became the beloved characters and locals in his beloved bugs. Full of wit and wisdom and some gut wrenching pain as he talks of times gone by and loved ones lost.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
This is kind of hard to review because I so enjoyed the Mark Twain words but not all the words it takes to get to them...those are repetitive and, well, boring which makes to much frustration.
This is one book that would probably be better gotten in ebook or book format as you can better skip the "in between" part easier. At roughly 25 hours, I would go for the electronic version due to the weight of paper copy.
I suppose I listened to the hype but I thought there might be some of Mark Twain in his prime here. Never mind that the editors' introduction is half an hour too long. Not his fault. But this is that self-impressed, dull Mark Twain who wrote all those books that aren't classics. There is little charm, no humor, and a void of interesting stories.
Apparently he had an idea that if a biography isn't sequential, it must be special. However, he didn't publish this book. It just came out a century or so after his death. So whatever the editors and publishers had in mind, this isn't a book Twain insisted on publishing. And one thing I certainly learned about Twain is that, if there was a chance to make money without embarrassing himself, he would publish. But wait, I already knew that. I don't think I learned anything new about the guy--or the writer.
Only historians of U.S, Grant would find huge hunks of this monster interesting. A lot of it I remember reading elsewhere. But most of all, if Twain wasn't writing humorously, he wasn't Twain for me.