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.
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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.
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.
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
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.
I am a lover of good stories, a mom, a wife, and an educator.
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.
Tom and friends take you on a trip with comedy, excitement and sadness.
Tom and Hucks relationship seemed familiar as I suspect it will to most.
The subtle and not so subtle accents were delightful.
Grover Gardner. He is brilliant and brings all the characters alive
Yes, I am listening to 'Rise and Fall of Third Reich' where he is equally brilliant.
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