Mark Twain spills his wit and whimsical sense of humor into his novel, The Diaries of Adam and Eve. The story tells of the events that took place in the Garden of Eden prior to the entrance of the deceitful serpent. Adam and Eve are not exactly getting along. Through the struggles listed in their diaries, one can safely assume that these two very different human beings are each other's greatest source of frustration.
Intended as a comical insight into the complex relations between men and women, The Diaries of Adam and Eve displays a progression from continual annoyance to a perfect partnership.
This is the recorded version that is most faithful to Twain's original manuscript. Unlike most adaptations, it first tells Adam's story, then Eve's, instead of going back and forth, and nothing is left out, making this version about 40 minutes longer than others I have listened to.
Unfortunately, the narrator leaves much to be desired, both in his tone and his inflections, and his attempt to convincingly portray Eve by making his voice higher-pitched, girlish and sing-songy made the second half almost unlistenable for me. I'm thinking of returning this title. The old adaptation with Betty Buckley as Eve and Mandy Patinkin as Adam (and an intro by Walter Cronkite) is much better.
Another thing that would have made this a more credit-worthy listen would have been the inclusion of additional material (e.g., some other short stories by Twain, such as Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and/or The Man That Corrupted Hadleysburg). Paying an entire credit for 1 hour and 45 minutes seems a little much.
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