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.
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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.
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.
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.
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!😀I really encourage all those young souls who are full or adventure, to read this book. Not to hard not to easy but so worth it!!!!!
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.
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I haven't read this book since I was a kid. I couldn't resist snagging it on audio. It was as delightful as I remembered and I got a good chuckle several times over the antics of Tom and his friends particularly his adventures with Huckleberry Finn.
This is a rambling series of vignettes that seem to all take place in about a years span of Tom's childhood. He lives with his brother Syd, Cousin Amy and their Aunt Polly in a village along the Mississippi in the hey days of the riverboats and water transportation and the Pre Civil War era. Tom is intrepid and mischievous and he's a fun scamp to go along with. Many of his adventures are light and easily dealt with like talking a bunch of boys into getting him through his chore punishment, first crush, pretend games and late night outings, but there is a dangerous adventure that brings Tom and Huck to witness a murder and encounter some dangerous thieves.
Grover Gardner was a great narrator for this story and captured the spirit and voice of the story.
I think I appreciated this more as an adult than I did as a kid. It's rather nostalgic and I can see why Twain would call it his Ode to Boyhood. Those days are long gone when boys- when kids played like this so it was a delight. Makes me want to instantly grab up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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