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Mark Twain's comic classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, is brought to life in audio by narrator Jeff Hays.

After being knocked unconscious by a crowbar, Hartford, Connecticut, man Hank Morgan awakens to find himself in the legendary realm of Camelot, 1,300 years in the past, at the point of a lance. Though the savages in this ancient land immediately see fit to imprison him, Hank learns to use his modern 19th-century knowledge to easily outwit everyone he comes across, including King Arthur himself. With only a little effort, he establishes himself as a powerful sorcerer, feared by all and known only as "The Boss".

Twain lays out his criticisms of the South, monarchy, and chivalry in this hilarious, heart-wrenching, epic romp of social commentary. Experience it as though you were in King Arthur's court yourself, with this unique take on the timeless time-travel adventure.

Public Domain (P)2015 Jeff Hays

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Classic Social Commentary Read Very Well

If your exposure to Mark Twain is limited to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer, then I highly encourage you to familiarize yourself with this classic social commentary. While I don't agree with all of the books positions, it was still a refreshing listen and one that I enjoyed. Jeff did a wonderful job narrating the book, providing clear narration and differentiating between each of the character voices well. If I had one complaint, and this is really just nitpicking on my part, I felt the accent for someone from Connecticut to be a little off, but overall, I very much enjoyed it!

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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Social Satire by the King of Satire

What did you love best about A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court?

This is the classic tale by Mark Twain. It is a humorous critique of the justice system, technology, human rights, the class system and war. Mark Twain is the master of satire, so while the book covers these heavy issues, the story remains jaunty and jocular. The narrator is well matched to the book and gives an excellent performance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry Morgan, the main character, because he is a classic con-man with good intentions. He is a snob and a bit of a blowhard, but he means well. Twain makes him the perfect spoof character and you cheer for him, even though you don't really like him.

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

Not yet, but I will in the future.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is a Twain satire. It makes you laugh and think.

Any additional comments?

This is a great classic to encourage your high school student to listen to and discuss with you. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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What a romp! Granddaddy of all time travel novels

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."

First I have to say, I had never read this book before, despite being an aficionado of the time travel 'genre'. It is also my first actual read of anything by Mark Twain other than the Huck Finn that was assigned reading at one point or another in my schooling.

The whole experience of this book was unexpectedly different than anything I had expected. I was amazed.

I don't think I am up to actually reviewing Mark Twain and couldn't add anything new if I tried. So I will review the narration instead. It's 5 star. Jeff Hays goes beyond narration and is a one man "theatre of the voice". He's The Boss, the king, the damsel, the evil queen, the commoner and the knight's errant and all the while he is reading with the right tone at the right place at the right time.

If I had read this book in print I am sure I would have missed 95% of the nuances of Twain's writing. Jeff Hays brought this book and the story, and Mark Twain's unique style, to life for me in a way that most readers I think would not have.

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  • Marian
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  • 11-23-15

So fun... makes me want to listen to more classics

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It was such a fun story and the narrator really brought it to life. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions.

What did you like best about this story?

(SPOILER) medieval baseball

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accents are different enough for characters that it helped immerse you in the story more.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wouldn't say extreme, but there were a decent amount of laughs.

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Loved it

What did you love best about A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court?

I had heard that Jeff Hayes had done another book, and him being one of my favorite readers, I got it right away

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Mr Hay's does voices really well, as well as acting them by using inflections, etc. You are definitely NOT listening to a boring narrator when you are listening one of his books. From the beginning when he did his Mark Twain voice, I was hooked. Hope he does more classics.

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

I listen to books to and from work nearly every day

Any additional comments?

Very fun to listen to

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Brilliantly flawed. A timeless classic.

This is a fun read that is surprisingly deep. This novel takes both a romantic view of Camelot and nobility but also a highly critical view.

It brings a harsh light to the evils of the church and feudal system, while being nostalgic for a simpler time.

So often people long to live in a different era of time. Mark Twain brings to life how fun it would be to be the smartest person in a past world, but also how hard it would be to live in an "unenlightened" culture.

What seems to be a simple fun story, becomes very a complex and thought provoking read. It reminds us how people are both good and evil, that sometimes we can love what we hate. Most importantly it reminds us how far humanity has come.

One of my favorite books!

Great performance from Jeff Hays!

Masterpiece!

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Always one of my favorites, now made better.

Would you listen to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court again? Why?

Yes. I love this story. It has always filled me with a whimsy for the non-existent days of yore. Jeff Hays does an excellent job capturing the voices in the story so that it is just that much more enjoyable.

What other book might you compare A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to and why?

The Not-World, and maybe Tarzan of the Apes.

What does Jeff Hays bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voices give life to the characters.

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

Yes. The bicycle army always gets me.

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Simply superb

This should be required reading in school, it is a wonderful adventure, the hours will fly by, and you will despair when there is no more story to be told. This book is a treasure!

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excellent narration

Allow me to start off by saying i was worried they might try to use dramatized effects (making a dry humor cheesy). fortunately, they did not.

Jeff Hayes does an excellent service to this story. i found several other narrators of mark Twain books to be over dramatic (running Twain's humor) or overly dry (making the story hard to pay attention to. Hayes strikes an excellent balance. each phrase is easy to pay attention to and Twain's sarcasm is left with the proper matter of fact tone it is due.

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Twain was so far ahead of his time

As far as I'm concerned, this book can be seen as the inspiration for countless modern person transplanted to medieval/magical world, such as the Wizard of Oz and a slew of later works. It is a classic of showing any sufficiently advanced science seeming like sorcery to less advanced people, but told in Mark Twain's unique style. This is a story that may be old, but never dated in theme. Anything by Twain is worth reading, but this is my favorite of his, even more so than Huck Finn. Jeff hayes does a great job of breathing new life into this classic, really bringing the characters to life.

I was given a review copy of this book by the narrator at no cost in return for an honest review through Audiobookblast dot com.

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  • Hella
  • 11-29-15

Great listening experience!

What did you like best about this story?

I think this audio version is a fantastic way to enjoy this great story which is not Mark Twain's easiest to read. Full of sarcasm and witty humor, merciless towards church and monarchy, it makes you wonder about what is really important in this life as you follow Hank's journey in King Arthur’s Camelot.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

Jeff Hays brought all characters to life with his superb narration. I particularly enjoyed his version of Sandy, but it is apparent throughout the story that each and every character has been given thought and consideration and the result is enjoyable to listen to.