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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | [Mark Twain]

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Generations of readers have enjoyed the ingenuous triumphs and feckless mishaps of boyhood days on the Mississippi. This classic of American wit and storytelling introduced Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, the Widow Douglas, and many other characters to the world; including, of course, the boy who "was cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town, because he was idle and lawless and vulgar and bad - and because all their children admired him so," Huckleberry Finn.
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Publisher's Summary

Generations of readers have enjoyed the ingenuous triumphs and feckless mishaps of boyhood days on the Mississippi. This classic of American wit and storytelling introduced Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, the Widow Douglas, and many other characters to the world; including, of course, the boy who "was cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town, because he was idle and lawless and vulgar and bad - and because all their children admired him so," Huckleberry Finn.

©2002 Mark Twain; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 02-25-11
    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 02-25-11 Member Since 2010

    Rickapolis

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    "AVOID THIS VERSION"

    I made the colossal error of not noting the narrator of this version of the Twain classic. Dick Hill mangles one of the great novels in the history of American literature with his amateurish style. He stresses words for no apparent reason (think William Shatner in Star Trek) and them 'throws away' an important passage. Tom Sawyer is a must read (or listen) for everyone, but try one of the other offerings audible provides. When I can only give 'Tom' two stars you know the narration must be bad. It is.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Avalon California USA 06-19-13
    Avalon California USA 06-19-13 Member Since 2009

    Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith

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    "A Swashbuckling Boyhood"

    This adventure has everything: Pirates, robbers, orphans, mysterious strangers, buried treasure, a swimming hole, a ghostly graveyard, a deserted island, a spooky cavern, a sensational murder and more sensational trial, even a brutal and evil villain.

    Tom is brash, brave, adventurous, and smart. His mischievous ways are troublesome but endearing. Whether snitching donuts from Aunt Polly's pantry, playing hooky to go swimming, or running away with his friends to Jackson's Island, Tom always has the upper hand. He tricks the Sunday school superintendent, fools his aunt, pranks the schoolmaster, taunts his half-brother, charms the new girl, and teaches his friends an important lesson about whitewashing--and human nature.

    Tom is alternately the village darling or the town pariah in this ultimate boyhood tale. His scrapes are sometimes scary, even life-threatening, but he always pulls it off. He is irresistible, and you'll be cheering for him long before he emerges the hero, as you know he will.

    Dick Hill's narration is absolutely perfect. He enhances every character through his skillful differentiation, and his accents are authentic to the time and place setting. The shy schoolgirl, the town drunk, the grizzled judge, the "Spaniard," and the kindly widow all come to life through his talented narration.

    This is a tale you won't want to end! Just don't be surprised if you find yourself feeling a bit wistful that you didn't grow up on the banks of the Mississippi River in the 1840's, like Tom (and Samuel Clemons, aka Mark Twain) did.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-27-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Rob Thomas

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    "Never thought I'd read this, but very glad I did"

    Tim Sawyer is one of those classics of literature I supposed I should read, but never got very far into. My dad loved Mark Twain and encouraged me to read Tom Sawyer. But, being a strong-willed boy, I typically wanted to do the opposite of whatever my dad recommended. Big mistake.

    This story is really timeless and thoroughly enjoyable. I laughed out loud at many points during Dick Hill's fantastic narration. He does all the characters and accents perfectly. Mark Twain's insights into human nature are dead on and he illustrates them in very entertaining ways in this tale of boyhood adventure.

    Don't pass up the opportunity to enjoy this classic, and Dick Hill's fantastic rendition of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 01-26-14
    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story good, Audio volume fades in an out."
    What did you like best about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? What did you like least?

    Look for a different version. The audio on this will inexplicably fade out to almost inaudible for a seconds to minutes at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LG Wildomar, CA, United States 12-11-13
    LG Wildomar, CA, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Made me realize how great Mark Twain really was"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read this book in high school, and while it wasn't as tedious as other required reading, I wasn't enthralled. Now as I listened to it with my children I am taken aback about how funny and insightful and witty this book is.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Made a boring read delightful and supremely funny. Dick Hill's twangs made us all snort with laughter at all the characters in the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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