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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | [Mark Twain]

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.
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Publisher's Summary

The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life along the banks of the Mississippi, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s - its dialects, superstitions, and social values. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be. In his unabridged reading of the American classic, actor Patrick Fraley crafts 36 authentic "voices" to represent the wide range of Twain's delightful characters.

(P)1995 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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    Marian Paulina Clymer, PA United States 06-27-03
    Marian Paulina Clymer, PA United States 06-27-03 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful"

    Having never read a Mark Twain book I must admit to starting out a little skeptical. It didn't take long to realize how enjoyable the book was going to be. The narration was wonderful. The story was interesting, fun and funny. All-in-all just good entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 03-11-15
    Amazon Customer Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "delightful"

    Still works today!! Good insight into the character of being human. Delightfully written and read.

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    Us 5 Camp 03-11-13
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    "Be Warned - Naration straight out of 1970's"
    What would have made The Adventures of Tom Sawyer better?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Fraley’s performance?

    Narration was unbearable... poor sound.. nausiating in a car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bee arcadia ca 12-07-12
    bee arcadia ca 12-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    "revisit this great book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 05-10-12
    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 05-10-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great story and narator"
    Where does The Adventures of Tom Sawyer rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is deservedly a classic, great story well read. Among my favorites and one I would look forward to listening to again.


    What does Patrick Fraley bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Good character differentiations, good emotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-20-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-20-12 Member Since 2014

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "A JOY...FOR SOME KIDS AS WELL"

    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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    Charles Kirkwood, MO, United States 03-05-12
    Charles Kirkwood, MO, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "timeless"
    Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer again? Why?

    a tale that never gets old.


    What other book might you compare The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to and why?

    Huck Finn


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Fraley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first time


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    more entertained than moved


    Any additional comments?

    good for all ages

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Owen 02-29-12
    Owen 02-29-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Yep, it;s good"
    Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer again? Why?

    Yes, growing up in a different age, I could so relate to the adventures depicted in this classic story.


    What about Patrick Fraley’s performance did you like?

    The accents, the enthusiasm, the subtle humor were all so very well interpreted.


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    Ann LOVELAND, CO, United States 03-10-11
    Ann LOVELAND, CO, United States 03-10-11
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    "Such a great tale!"

    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.

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    Timothy 08-28-09
    Timothy 08-28-09
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    "A delight"

    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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