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Letters from the Earth Audiobook

Letters from the Earth

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Publisher's Summary

Letters from the Earth is a collection of short stories written during a downtrodden period in Twain's life and published posthumously.

Here we see Twain on a somewhat personal level. Penniless and having just lost his wife and one of his children, Twain turns to writing about God, Christianity, and the many curious natures of man. This collection was so controversial that his daughter prohibited its publication until 52 years after his death.

(P)2009 Phoenix Audio

What the Critics Say

The pages in this volume range from furious to funny, from deadly earnestness to frothy word-play." (Library Journal)

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    Charles Suamico, WI, United States 11-28-11
    Charles Suamico, WI, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2010

    Former JW. Reading and traveling....important to self development.

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    "A must read for thinking people"

    Sam Clements didn't want people to read what he actually thought regarding some of the dearest ideas most of mankind hold close. At least he didn't want them read any time
    near to when he passed.

    It is hard to believe that this many years have gone by since he wrote this kind of material
    and still people think he had a "negative attitude".

    If one writes the obvious, and the obvious questions belief, where is the harm?

    We have been programmed to accept what we have been told, and few are those that dare, or should I dare say, feel compelled to speak the obvious.

    Thank God we had Mark Twain to speak for us......

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    Amazon Customer Ohio, USA 02-21-16
    Amazon Customer Ohio, USA 02-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Truly great stuff."

    Brilliant and hilarious perspectives on humanity. I loved every bit, with the exception of the last story about the voyage in a drop of water. (That one kind of lost me.) But the rest of the content is an absolute must-read for everyone.

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    Amazon Customer 08-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant insights"

    I loved the religion-themed stories at the beginning. Truth! Risky blasphemy! The final story was too science-fictionesque for my taste. It was well-written, but not my thing. Overall, this book is evidence that Twain was at least one hundred years ahead of his time. An absolute genius.

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    Readin' and Rockin' USA 02-24-15

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    "Want To Read It, Too"

    A bit hard to follow when listening due to the nature of the work
    Otherwise, wonderful!

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    Bryan NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 01-19-12
    Bryan NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 01-19-12

    Bryan's Just Fine

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    "So rare for me not to get it but care about it"

    Without a doubt, the historical aspect is absolutely lost on me without being able to better reference the names by looking at them. That being said it is so easy to lose yourself as a passenger in the hangover of audiobook life and listen to the swashbuckling half-lives, as it were, toward the end. Mean to better reference the names by way of Wikipedia or some such internet, but holding off listening to it a few more times to see if there isn't any interpretive static I can't lick off some futuristic headache in trying.
    Listening about the devil's free time can be like that.

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