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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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.
I won't offer much of a review of the book, better minds with fancy degrees have done that.
I will say it's a fun story, most elements are timeless. I typically prefer sci-fi to classics; this story merges the two in an interesting way. I suspect even millennials could follow the dialog.
The narration is top notch. The narrator has a wide range and does a fair job at all voices.
Overall it's worth the listen. Cheers!
Such a great story. I absolutely loved it. The story, the narration, the acting, everything is brilliant. You really get lost in the story. William Dufris is amazing. He does such a wonderful job. I really enjoyed listening to him. I will try to find more of his audiobooks. Recommended!!!
This book started me on my love for alternate histories. I especially enjoy the modern man cast back in time stories. It gets me thinking about what could I do in that situation. I would be in trouble right off because I'm to big to climb a tree.
Sci-Fiction and Fantasy rules.
A fun book to read. Top 25 in my reading list.
The destruction of Merlin's tower.
This book will keep you interested all the way through.
When faced with logic and reason, people still believe the woo.
It was ok overall. The reader was really good performing the female voices, period accents, etc. It was an good enough story but seemed to drag on for quite some time. I wouldn't want to pay the normal $20+ for it but for $1 you can't complain.
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