Narrator Norman Dietz does not disappoint in this comical and oftentimes poignant collection of seven Mark Twain short stories. He’s as comfortable with delivering the rustic speech of Jim Smiley, the notorious bettor who gets hoodwinked in the title story, as he is with portraying an exasperated Adam as he copes with Eve in the Garden of Eden in "The Diaries of Adam and Eve." There’s a deadpan quality to Dietz’s comedic delivery that adds to the humor. The smooth, deep tone of his voice is pleasing to the ear. His somewhat slow pace fits a collection written during a simpler, less hurried time.
(P)1992 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1992 by Richard Ewing
"Wonderful fare for the recreational listener." (Booklist)
I guess I've been spoiled by the excellent quality of many Audible "format 4" recordings. This one, available only in format 2, sounds like a reel-to-reel tape made from an old radio broadcast. I generally like Norman Dietz as a reader of Mark Twain: I particularly enjoyed his reading of "The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories." But the sound quality here is so bad, I just couldn't finish it.
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