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Very few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. He spent 12 years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides: the French, for whom she raised an army to return the Dauphin to the throne; and the English, who fought the French in the Hundred Year's War and were ultimately Joan's executioners. This is a fascinating and remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country's greatest storytellers.
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Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

Hands down: This is the MOST comprehensive work on the life of Joan of Arc. Mark Twain knew his subject matter inside and out when he wrote this biography. Without a doubt, I would recommend this title to anyone who is interested in this subject. An excellent listen at 16 hrs. or any amount of time!!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Donald
  • Arlington, MA, USA
  • 01-13-03

Henry V's challenger & 100 year war come alive

Well read, good quality audio, but more importantly, wonderfully written. Twain makes the 100 year war come alive. He creates a balance against the heroic Henry V. You walk the streets and understand the zeitgeist. You cheer for the people, disparage the royalty, wince at the church.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Twain's best

Mark Twain considered Joan of Arc to be the best human our world ever produced. His great admiration shines through and can't help but inspire the reader as well. Although the story takes some fanciful flights, it is a marvelous and amazing recounting of a peasant girl leading a nation to freedom. Since French independence was so pivotal to the American revolution, it is a part of our own history. It is a reflection of the best in human nature.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • Farnborough, United Kingdom
  • 08-16-06

A great listen

Twain is one of the five best writers in the English language ever and this work is up to his usual standard. It is beautifully constructed and detailed. The structure relieves any dryness from the history but does not lose any context or content. A huge pleasure to listen to. Naration is clear and well executed.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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One of the best!

I agree with Mark Twain when he says this is his best novel. It was fantastic and I hated when it was over. The description of the battles and Joan's life were wonderful. Truly inspiring.

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fascinating

I have been reading a number of biographies and histories recently. I was raised Catholic and certainly heard of Joan of Arc, but never knew her story and the context. Twain did a wonderful job telling her story and it's a fascinating one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Good read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if I thought they were into this genre.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Twain? Why or why not?

No.I have to be in the mood for this type of story.

What about Michael Anthony’s performance did you like?

The voice.It was smooth and understandable,decent pronunciation.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great history of an amazing person

This was so well written it could have been published last week, rather than over 100 years ago. Mark Twain had a surprisingly progressive view of both women and the rights of the individual.

This was clearly painstakingly researched and wonderfully enlightening.

Yes, some of the tangents with "the boys" were meandering...and I would have liked to see her characterized as being a little more human from time to time, but overall excellent.

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  • Marsha
  • Tierra Verde, FL, United States
  • 01-18-11

Expect dramatization

On one hand, I do love the way that Mark Twain writes and find it fascinating that he even undertook to write such a complete book about Joan of Arc. On the other hand, it is a very dramatized biography - complete with hundreds of very long conversations that can't possibly be verified or likely even reported by anyone other than Twain. So it's more of a weaving of mythology, history and Mark Twain's imagination than it is any kind of true biography. It did make for easy listening though and a general understanding of what Joan of Arc was all about in history.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Aurora
  • toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 09-25-12

A strangely told tale.

Would you try another book from Mark Twain and/or Michael Anthony?

Mark Twain is certainly a brilliant author but this book was written out of his usual style. I think his attempts to stay true to history tone down his usual narrative charm considerably. His voice shines through sometimes but it is often quite dry. Not one of his better works. I found MIchael Anthony wanting as a narrator. He had a very dull tone and took away from the book rather than adding to it.

If you’ve listened to books by Mark Twain before, how does this one compare?

Definitely not as good as the adventures of Huckleberry Finn which I found delightful when I listened to the Audible version.

What didn’t you like about Michael Anthony’s performance?

He has a very dry and stilted narrative style which made the already odd cadence of the book much worse. I would avoid him in future.

What else would you have wanted to know about Mark Twain’s life?

I don't know, that's not why I listen to fiction.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • MRM
  • 01-23-15

superb book but dodgy recording

The book is very good but the recording is poor. At times you are told to change cassettes and you can hear other voices faintly in the background. The narrator's french is a bit wonky too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-16

Great

What did you like most about Joan of Arc?

Great historical reference for any who are interested in learning more about the life of Joan of Arc. One of the most comprehensive accounts I've heard, and this particular audio rendition is top quality. Highly recommended.

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  • Mariangela
  • 10-31-16

old recording, good story

fascinating and timeless story of Joan of Arc , but v poor and old recording

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  • LYNDA CLARISSA
  • 01-23-17

France: Be proud if such a one as Joan of Arc

A story from the middle ages of courage & dark betrayel accurately & excellently retold ♡

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