Listeners are becoming more and more discriminating about the fidelity of the audio production, as well as the artistry of the performance. Norman Dietz's 1991 interpretation is at a listenable speed, and Recorded Books' acclaimed level of audio fidelity is definitely present. The immediacy of the voice produces an intimacy with the story. Dietz does not merely read; he interprets and gives life to the story. He portrays a very sympathetic and believable Huckleberry. His other vocal characterizations, however, particularly the real Phelps brother and the slave Jim, could be more realistic. Norman Dietz's professional performance offers us interpretive substance through his credible and kind Huckleberry.
Young Huck is an industrious, fiercely independent boy who escapes his abusive, drunken father and sets out on an unforgettable journey down the Mississippi River. Enjoying his freedom, he befriends a kindhearted slave named Jim, whose suffering teaches Huck powerful lessons about racism, personal liberty, and the complexities of life. Revolutionary for its realistic dialogue and uncompromising plot, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is arguably the greatest of all American novels, and a powerful sequel to Mark Twain's lighthearted classic, Tom Sawyer.
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(P)1991 by Recorded Books, Inc.
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." (Ernest Hemingway)
The work itself, and the reader are excellent. Problems with Audible version is a) sound quality is not very good, and b) there are no chapters in this version; just one long, 11 hour track.
allegedly, twain toured the south many years after the civil war
the trip broke his heart, as he saw how little the region had changed
he became despondent, thinking "...all that suffering was for naught..."
it was that despair, that prompted him to write a companion to Tom Sawyer
he turned his sadness and anger into our first and truest american voice
the 2 basic american themes : slavery (race) and frontier (space) are joined
twain's tone is bold, funny, sarcastic, sentimental, angry, kind and irreverent
he simply refuses to apologize, for even one minute, for being an american
we're not a footnote to the old world, he says, we have our own greatness
the narration, by norman dietz, is exceptional in each of the many voices
twain's humor makes the bitter pill of his social commentary easier to swallow
each time i read the book, it makes me tearfully proud to be an american
Certainly it's not a beacon of truth. But it wasn't meant to be. It's fun, it's funny, it's a great story. The narrator does a fine job with the voices.
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