(P)1995 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.
My family and I just finished listening to Huck Finn read by Dick Hill (Brilliance Audio). Based upon our enjoyment of that amazing rendition we went looking for Tom Sawyer. Being an Audible subscriber I looked here first, disappointed to find no Dick Hill version but willing to take a chance based upon positive reviews here of Patrick Fraley's version, we chose to purchase Tom Sawyer from Audible read by the much lauded Patrick Fraley.
I am at a loss to explain the good reviews. Patrick Fraley probably does a great rendition of Jonathan Winters imitating a simpering woman, but his characterizations of the players in Tom Sawyer are nothing short of painful.
After an arduous 2 hours of listening the entire family (7 year old on up) voted to not finish this version. So we wrote off this purchase as a bad investment and purchased the Brilliance Audio version narrated by Dick Hill, because he is that good, and Patrick Fraley is (in this instance) that bad.
Save your money and listen to the sample before you buy.
The fact is that this is a very good book and I listen to it daily
I found the reader's voice, in the characterization of Aunt Polly, too shrill and as such, at times, nearly incomprehensible. I picked this out before I knew you could preview the narrator. Had I previewed the book, I would not have obtained this particular narration. Mark Twain, however, is a delight always. I have always found his observations to be on target and awesomely ahead of his time as in this telling of the adventures of an imaginative boy in the process of growing up in the nineteenth century in The Midwest.
You can read (listen) one more time the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and find something new or interesting or a bit of social understanding you had not heard before.
The reading is very good. I heard 3 minutes of other readers and did not like them. Only Becky Tatcher's voice was a little disappointing.
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
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
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.
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