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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | [Mark Twain]

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Everytime there's a poll for greatest novels of all time, Twain's folksy and quintessentially American tale of humanity, and the mighty river coursing through it, is sure to make the top ten. Audible has several versions of this classic, but this unabridged recording has the most vivid sense of character and setting. Narrator Patrick Fraley channels the peculiar dialect of the Deep South and mixes it with just enough pluck and naivety to make Huck's voice feel authentic. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

This superb reading by voice actor Patrick Fraley is rich in the color and adventurous frontier spirit of the Mississippi River, capturing the world and people that Mark Twain knew and loved. Author and reader together provide genius-level storytelling that combines youthful escapades with an important social message.

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What the Critics Say

"All modern American literature comes from [this] one book by Mark Twain....It's the best book we've had." (Ernest Hemingway)

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    J Montreal, Quebec, Canada 08-03-08
    J Montreal, Quebec, Canada 08-03-08
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    "amazing"

    A great book presented by an amazing narrator - highly enjoyable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-17-08
    James Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-17-08
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    "Demanding, but rewarding"


    This will not accommodate a hurried listener. It's Mississippi River slow, so settle in to meander along, taking in the sounds, the varied voices, and the strange characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 01-16-08
    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 01-16-08
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    "Simply enjoyable"

    This is classixc I bought in hopes of being able to listen and just relax. I'm glad I did. Although I sometimes find I need to chuckle. There is excitement without anxiety. Great for me when I have had a stressful day.
    I find it so easy to listen to and so well read that it has been hard to recall if it were read by a team of people or just by one very talented individual in order to present such clearly developed characters through the sound of the voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 12-05-07
    Stephanie 12-05-07 Member Since 2015

    There is no frigate like a book ~ E. Dickinson

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    "Top Notch"

    A must read if you liked Tom Sawyer. This book is a classic in its own rite. Called by many one of the greatest American novels in print, Mark Twain outdid himself in this work.

    This is more then just a story about a young boy growing up on the Mississippi River-- it is a commentary on human freedoms and the way culture effects an individual. Huck Finn has been raised to look down on slaves... but watch carefully as his relationship with Jim, the runaway slave, changes him and brings him to the brink of manhood. What a powerful tale!

    This book is packed with laughs. Twain has a keen appreciation for the ridiculous, and poor Huck's moral dilemmas will have you laughing outright.

    The quality of the recording is excellent. The narrator is highly skilled. I was wondering how he would deal with some of the difficult Southern accents and I was not disappointed. And don't worry-- you can always understand what is being said.

    I give this book and narrator a solid 10/10.

    I would also recommend Tom Sawyer and Joan of Arc by the same author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Bridgewater, Australia 05-28-11
    Richard Bridgewater, Australia 05-28-11
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    "Stunning Narration"

    Patrick Fraley's performance is a masterpiece of book reading. Every character has has a unique voice, easily recognisable, brimming with color and personality - and this is for the dozens of characters that Twain has Huck meet in this wonderful classic. I loved it. Highest recommendation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 08-21-09
    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 08-21-09 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "10 stars! What a breath of fresh air!"

    Even tho I read this 40 years ago, I have not enjoyed a book; both the writing and performance- so much in years! I had forgotton how great and entertaing Mark Twain's storytelling was. I am now going to buy Tom Sawyer as well. Fantabulous!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott martinsburg, WV, USA 01-10-09
    Scott martinsburg, WV, USA 01-10-09
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    "The adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

    This was definaely better than Tom Sawyer and I found that I couldn't stop listening. It was one of the quickest stories I have ever listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grant Plymouth Meeting , PA, USA 11-27-07
    Grant Plymouth Meeting , PA, USA 11-27-07
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    "Mistake"

    At 3 hours 11 minutes 24 seconds, the narration begins to read the wrong book. After a little research I found that Patrick Fraley was mistakenly reading a segment of Chapter 3 of "Life on the Mississippi", another book by Mark Twain. This mishap lasted a full 28 minutes, until 3 hours 39 minutes 24 seconds. Hopefully not too many listeners, who did not have the book in front of them as I did, were not duped into listening to the wrong story and became confused. Luckily, the narration picked up where it left off, right at the next paragraph that was supposed to be read before the interruption of a different story.
    Other than this mistake, it was both a great book and a spectacular narration. I highly recommend this audiobook (again other than that mistake).

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Char73 07-16-07
    Char73 07-16-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful!"

    I successfully avoided reading this book in high school, with the help of Cliff's Notes, but decided to listen to it before listening to Finn (2007). I must say that I loved the narrator's rendition. The narrator made listening to this classic fun and at times very funny. "A must hear!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Evergreen, CO, USA 03-13-07
    Mark Evergreen, CO, USA 03-13-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book excellent reading"

    This is the audio copy that you want. I sampled every Huck Finn audio book I could find and decided on this one. I'm glad I did. The reader is amazing. This is one of my all time favorite novels, and the reader does it justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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