(P)1995 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.
Still works today!! Good insight into the character of being human. Delightfully written and read.
Update the narration to one of todays top quality narrators and this piece, written in and for another era may be tolerable.
The audio was so lousy and hard to hear comfortably as we drove through the rain, we pulled out of this audio book even though we were headed to Hannibal, MO as a family vacation stop.
Narration was unbearable... poor sound.. nausiating in a car.
Many years after reading both this and Huckleberry Finn, I decided to revisit them by listening. The writing, combined with this reader, is alive and fresh. It is wonderful story of how we come to respect & love other human beings ...interwoven with some great rascals, Kings and Dukes ...be sure to get Huckleberry Finn too....such a great end.
It is deservedly a classic, great story well read. Among my favorites and one I would look forward to listening to again.
Good character differentiations, good emotion.
If I could
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
I just loved this and Huck finn so much!!! My kids couldnt stand them ,they wouldnt even give them a chance,- but I had the best good time !!
I highly recommend these for adults. Narration on this and huck finn by same publisher are excellent.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was rather interesting in that it illustrated rather vividly the society, thoughts, motivations, and actions of children, young boys in particular. Yet, as amusing as Tom Sawyer's antics and adventures were as well as the author's satirical comments regarding this-or-that, I still found myself bored. This audiobook held my attention for, perhaps, the first 3 hours. After that, I found myself increasingly reluctant to continue to listen, my mind apt to wander off, and the 30-sec rewind button all too frequently employed. I cannot say whether it was due to the narrator or the book in general. I am inclined to think that it was the book - with the narration being just not spectacular enough to compensate for it.
I thought that the narrator did a decent job with fairly distinguishable voices for the various characters and quite a good job with the voice acting. The voices he did best were of the adult men. His children's voices were not so great. I actually was persuaded into purchasing this audiobook based on the sample of Aunt Polly's voice. I liked the way the narrator did her voice - as well as those of other women. The adult female voices weren't as well done as the adult male voices, but they were still a lot better than the children's voices. Since the majority of the dialogue were from children, I was a bit disappointed about my purchase.
The narrator's speaking voice was not very irritating to listen to. He did affect some kind of Southern drawl. I could not say whether it was natural and representative of the location this book was set in, but it did help to anchor me to the setting of the story. Only on occasion, I found this drawl a bit annoying, but for the most part, I thought that the narration was okay.
This audiobook has some fiddling (I hesitate to say music because it wasn't quite that). I was not a huge fan of it. It was mostly used to signal the start of a new chapter or section. It was occasionally grating.
Would I read another book by Mark Twain? I cannot say. I have had Huck Finn's book on my TBR for the longest time, but I hesitate to read it. Would I listen to another book by Patrick Fraley? Maybe. I'd hesitate more to listen if it was "Huck Finn" and be more willing if it was an entirely different book/author.
A portion of this review was cross-posted from Goodreads.
a tale that never gets old.
more entertained than moved
good for all ages
Yes, growing up in a different age, I could so relate to the adventures depicted in this classic story.
The accents, the enthusiasm, the subtle humor were all so very well interpreted.
This book caught my heart and held my attention from the first word. Wonderfully narrated by Patrick Fraley, his multi-personalitied voice captured each character wonderfully. His impressions of young girls reading poetry had me in riots of tears on my long trips home as I commute from work. I looked forward to the traffic days and almost felt deprived on the days the commute was smooth. Download this book. It is a story that will stay in your heart.
"Tom Sawyer" is one of those books that almost everyone in America is forced to read growing up. Somehow I avoided that assignment, but managed to stumble across it years later. I'm glad that I read it on my own instead of being assigned it. Reading it for my own pleasure was a delight. Some of the plot lines and gags are cliche, but in listening to the various sections I got the impression that the masterful implementation of those plot lines and gags in books like "Tom Sawyer" are why the same plot lines and gags are continually mined for comedic gold.
A delightful and quick read. I was disappointed when it ended.
As for the reader, I cannot compare him to the other readers of "Tom Sawyer," but I thought that he had a solid blend of folksy-ism and enthusiasm.
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