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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"All modern American literature comes from [this] one book by Mark Twain....It's the best book we've had." (Ernest Hemingway)
At this point, I have listened to almost 30 audiobooks. This one is the best -- perhaps I should say it's tied with Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" for the top spot. It has all the ingredients of a great audiobook: great writing, great narration, and great audio quality. I had read the book twice in earlier years, so I knew what was coming, but I was still enthralled from beginning to end. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. What a fun ride down the "big river." Trust me on this -- it's well worth the price and your time.
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.
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.
There is no frigate like a book ~ E. Dickinson
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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).
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!"
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.
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