A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a whimsical fantasy and a social satire chock-full of brilliant Twainisms. Hank Morgan, a 19th-century American - a Connecticut Yankee - by a stroke of fate is sent back into time to sixth-century England and ends up in Camelot and King Arthur's Court. Although of average intelligence, he finds himself with knowledge beyond any of those in the sixth century, and he uses it to become the king's right-hand man and to challenge Merlin as the court magician. Astounded at the way of life in Camelot, Hank does the only thing he can think of to do: change them. In his attempt to civilize medieval Camelot, he experiences many challenges and misadventures.
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I had to read this for a literature course and struggled to get through it, until I decided upon having it read to me as I followed along. the reading brought it to life for me and made it much more comprehensive and enjoyable. Loved the performance.
this fantastic book was a gripping and fun read all the way through. and the narration was absolutely beautiful. in many ways the narration made the presentation what it is. modern-day authors just don't have this kind of Storytelling ability such as Mark Twain.
Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.
A time travel fantasy written before that genre was terribly popular. Ah, lack a me. I wish I hadn't reread this. The suck fairy has robbed my memory of the fun of this story. I listened to the audio version, with William Dufris as the narrator. Although I didn't enjoy a couple of his characterizations, he was a fine reader, so I don't believe the suck can be attributed to him. What ruined this for me, was the bombardment of ranting. I don't remember that from my first read (I was in my early twenties then). Possibly because I skimmed it? Also, I didn't like The Boss. He was the epitome of the "Ugly American Abroad." He was judgmental, believing that he was the only one with intelligence or ideas worth having, and his way was the only right way. Did Twain do this on purpose, to illustrate the ugly American? If so, he did a masterful job, but I won't ever need to read this again.
For positive notes, oh, no, I can't think of any. Even the humor didn't amuse me this time. Ah well.
Brilliantly crafted "story" reflecting late 19th century polity. The brilliance lies not only
" then", but carries on into 21st century today as "time" marches on, repeating cadence. Another chance for a do over. Love the characters. Tight plot. Narration top notch.
The tale is classic and quite good Twain.
Within two minutes of listening, I found myself extremely distracted by a grating attempt to manage a regional accent (presumably voicing the lines as "Mark Twain". I finally gave up on finishing the book.Just too annoying. A straight reading of the narrator's lines would have been far more palatable.
It has been. Bing Crosby.
I believe this to be one of the worst, slowest, and most boring books to exist on this planet. I would recommend it to anyone who likes books about people narrating about the most irrelevant things.
I really enjoyed the performance and story. The performance captured many character's voices very cleverly. I listen a lot while driving. Kept me going even with some bursts of laughter as i cruised along by myself.
An epic story full of wit, humor, pride, honor, and raw destruction. What struck me most was how relatable the narrative was to my life today, almost 120 years after it was written.
The narrator himself was superb, one of the best I've ever followed. This is an excellent story, that is engaging and inspiring.
It hardly seems worth it to be reviewing Mr Twain after all these years. Connecticut Yankee is pointed and funny. I found myself wishing I was better prepared to get the topical matter. Not that I am bad at the 19th Century, I just know it would be funnier if I lived it. Anyway, the point of the review was to credit William Dufris' excellent narration. He really nails Twain's Yankee character. I found his voicing of some of the other characters, Clarence in particular, a little grating, but more than balanced by his excellent job with the narrator.
The audio version allowed me to listen to a story that I read many years ago in high school. I would not have had the time to read it, but listening to it while exercising was fantastic.
There were a few times when the description of something dragged on a bit too long, but otherwise it was a great story.
Great voice inflection, nice to listen to.
No way, it was a very long book. But I listened to it over the course of a week to 10 days.
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