Regular price: $17.47

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Irreverent, charming, and eminently quotable, this handbook - an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race - contains 69 aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain’s private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars.

Culled from Twain’s personal letters, autobiographical writings, speeches, novels, and sketches, these pieces are delightfully fresh, witty, startlingly relevant, and bursting with Twain’s characteristic ebullience for life. They also remind us exactly how Mark Twain came to be the most distinctive and well-known American literary voice in the world. These texts, some of them new or out of print for decades, have been selected and meticulously prepared by the editors at the Mark Twain Project.

©1991 1997, and 2001 by Richard A. Watson and JP Morgan Chase Bank as Trustees of the Mark Twain Foundation. 2004 by the Regents of the University of California (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“This wonderful book illustrates precisely why we can never have enough Twain. His humor is timeless, his wisdom about all things without equal.” (Ken Burns, American director and producer)
“This is a masterfully edited compendium that does Twain proud. It captures the note-taking, aphorism-creating, angry-letter-writing essence of Twain’s brain in a way essential, I think, to understanding the man, and by extension, the history of the United States and the nature of life on Earth.” (Dave Eggers)
“This book is a delightful read all the way through.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    208
  • 4 Stars
    200
  • 3 Stars
    158
  • 2 Stars
    63
  • 1 Stars
    34

Performance

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    224
  • 4 Stars
    185
  • 3 Stars
    119
  • 2 Stars
    38
  • 1 Stars
    16

Story

  • 3.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    193
  • 4 Stars
    167
  • 3 Stars
    130
  • 2 Stars
    58
  • 1 Stars
    34
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Mark Twain is Hilarious!

Mark Twain is insightful and funny and no matter how much time passes his work will still be relevant. He just gets people, and he knows how to take everyday stories and bring out the humor in them. I loved it!

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Sylvia
  • CULLMAN, AL, United States
  • 03-15-15

Some of Twain's funniest advice/opinions!

What did you like best about this story?

I have read almost all of Twain's books over the years. What I so liked about this one is that some of the best snippets are taken from his many and varied writings and presented under the tongue-in-cheek title of "Helpful Hints for Good Living". Much of the book is amusing in the very least and outrageously funny at times!

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Gardner's reading is a bit quick at times. It is not what I would call restful. But then, it is fitting for the subject matter. I feel as though Twain might have narrated that way too.

Any additional comments?

If you like Mark Twain, you will like this collection. If you are unfamiliar with Twain, this may give you some idea of what his various books are like as you hear selections from them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Gary
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-13-14

Good Living, Good Listening

Any additional comments?

Bravo to the academics who collated and collected Twain essays for this piece, and bravo that it finally has become an audio book. Twain's mellifluous linguistic prestidigitation benefits greatly from oral application, and this engaging dispensation satiates and satisfies both in intensity and dosage. Apply liberally.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

good read, not for listening

What disappointed you about Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living?

Would be a great reference book for quotes, not really a book to listen to.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Silly and funny

I didn't realize that Mark Twain had such a witty and whimsical writing style. The book is filled with random stories of seeing life from a different perspective (not really a handbook). It contains silly suggestions like "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." It's an entertaining little book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Horrible, horrible, bad, bad, bad

I'm a huge Twain fan, but not of this audio "book". This is a compilation of Mark Twain's writings put together by a bunch of editors. Purchased on special for $1.99 I feel ripped off.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

LOVE Twain, just not this

Any additional comments?

I love Twain and one quip can make the whole listen worthwhile. All in all, I really struggled to finish this one which surprised me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Scott
  • Santa Clara, CA, United States
  • 04-10-14

A real hoot!

From now on, whenever the damned human race drives me crazy, this the book I'll be reaching for.
These here Mark Twain scholars have put together a delightful collection of anecdotes, stories, wit, and wisdom from the pen of the man himself. No one else could have written this stuff. It's funny, irreverent, insightful, and cantankerous. Real fun.
Plus, they got Grover Gardner to read it, and ya' can't do better than that.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Well read, funny short stories by Mark Twain.

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

This was entertaining. Good for a commute as you can easily pause and pick it up again. Well read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Fun collection of Twain short stories

Grover Gardner does a great job narrating Mark Twain. enjoy the short clips of Twain experiences. very enjoyable and a quick short fun listen. many of the stories are found in other books.

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • MR
  • 07-11-13

dull, dull, dull

I like Mark Twain but got nothing from this, it just sounds like a cantankerous old man writing little columns for newspapers.

stick with the books!!