(P)1986 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1992 by Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection
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Just finished this with the kids. I remember reading this with my mother when I was 10. It is a nice generational conveyance. When I was young, the STORIES of Tom and Huck affected me the most. Now, however, it is Twain's language that touches me. I love how Tom's life and play is impacted by the adventure books he reads. One day Tom is animated by a bounty of pirates, the next day by a shadow of robbers, and everyday Tom's vocabulary and actions are endowed with the books of his youth. 'Tom Sawyer' is just as much an ode to his youth as it is a poesy to the adventure books of a more tender age.
Not in this case. I feel that Norman Dietz didn't perform this extremely well. The different characters were not easy to distinguish from his narration.
I bought it for my teenage son for a school assignment but I listened to it as well because the narrator was incredible. He made the story come alive. My son now reads with more espression and entheusiasm and has become a better reader as a result of listening to this narrator.
Mark Twain's timeless classic provides a sense of adventure and takes me back to my childhood. I'm so glad I chose to listen.
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