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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | [Mark Twain]

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This humorous and nostalgic novel takes the listener back to the carefree days of boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, where Mark Twain grew up.

Just what did boys do in a small Midwestern town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals.

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Publisher's Summary

This humorous and nostalgic novel takes the listener back to the carefree days of boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, where Mark Twain grew up.

Just what did boys do in a small Midwestern town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly said of Tom when she believed him to be dead, "He was the best-hearted boy that ever was." Aunt Polly's sentiments reveal one of the cardinal tenets of Twain's philosophy: In this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Dave Whittier, CA 04-19-12
    Dave Whittier, CA 04-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "It's Good to be a Kid Again"

    Twain said that part of his mission in writing Tom Sawyer was to remind adults what they once were themselves. Score one for Samuel Clemens! The book's now an American classic, and I first encountered it as a kid. Revisiting it years later was a blast. It made me want to call the old gang up so we could become pirates and outlaws and treasure hunters all over again!

    Listening to a performance like Grover Gardner's certainly doesn't hurt - he's got a classic voice that's great for reading and broadcasting. Very easy on the ears.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrike Johnston, IA, USA 10-29-13
    Ulrike Johnston, IA, USA 10-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A classic worth listening to!"
    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A couple of my kids were reading Tom Sawyer for a book group, and they were having trouble with some of the slang and antiquated language. I purchased the audiobook for them, and it's much easier to understand this way than to read written words like "yaller" (yellow) and "off'n" (off of).

    Audible has quite a few different versions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I picked this one because Grover Gardner was the narrator. I knew he wasn't bad, and there's nothing worse than a bad narrator. I actually liked his reading of Tom Sawyer better than I like his reading of the Vorkosigan Saga! His voice and inflection are a great fit for the story. If you're not sure which audio version of Tom Sawyer to purchase, I recommend this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes classic books feel stiff or slow due to the changes in writing style. Tom Sawyer doesn't. It feels like someone could have written it yesterday. There's plenty of humor in it and a plot that keeps moving... with a few interesting detours. I never read Tom Sawyer in school, and I'm glad I did so now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Woodbridge, VA, United States 02-20-12
    Kelly Woodbridge, VA, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a lover of good stories, a mom, a wife, and an educator.

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    "Loved it..."

    My kids and I listened to Tom Sawyer together. Every time we had "dead air" we would all shout "Tom Sawyer" and grab the iPhone and listen. They loved it, I loved it (again--it was a favorite growing up) and we continue to talk about Tom and his shenanigans.

    The performance was excellent--loved the accents and the personalities that were expressed by the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ClarkG 12-12-11
    ClarkG 12-12-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "A great adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the most enjoyable?

    Tom and friends take you on a trip with comedy, excitement and sadness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

    Tom and Hucks relationship seemed familiar as I suspect it will to most.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The subtle and not so subtle accents were delightful.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 01-18-10
    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 01-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "better now than when i was a kid"

    i read this one when i was a kid and it was much more fun now that i am grown it is obvious why Mark Twain is a long loved writer and has now been dubbed classic what style and fun

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Orangeburg, SC, United States 08-20-12
    Kimberly Orangeburg, SC, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Turned it off after 10 minutes"

    How did this book make it onto the 6th grade required reading??? The movie was fun to watch, but the book is almost unbearable to listen to. After 5 minutes, my mind was wandering. The words don't flow at all.... It's like the author got out a dictionary and looked for every unused word in the English language and jammed it into one book.

    I feel sorry for my 6th grader that will be required to read it this year.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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