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The Innocents Abroad Audiobook

The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

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Publisher's Summary

In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

“Who could read the programme for the excursion without longing to make one of the party?”

So Mark Twain acclaims his voyage from New York City to Europe and the Holy Land. His adventures produced The Innocents Abroad, a book so funny and provocative it made him an international star for the rest of his life. He was making his first responses to the Old World—to Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Constantinople, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Damascus, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. For the first time he was seeing the great paintings and sculptures of the Old Masters. He responded with wonder and amazement but also with exasperation, irritation, and disbelief. Above all he displayed the great energy of his humor, more explosive for us now than for his beguiled contemporaries.

Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A classic work…[that] marks a critical point in the development of our literature.” (Leslie A. Fiedler, literary critic)

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    Jesse 10-04-15
    Jesse 10-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narrator"

    Grover Gardner does a superb job. The book is episodic and meandering but always very funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Beth Wade Chattanooga, TN USA 08-10-17
    Sara Beth Wade Chattanooga, TN USA 08-10-17
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    "Love the book, but narrator too "affected""

    This is a fantastic book, especially for anyone who loves travel and Twain's style of common sense. What a trip! I'd love to recreate it some day. I don't like the narrator, though. He has a folksy Twain-like rhythm to his voice that really wore on me during the long drive I bought this for. Like a thick wall of affected acting that I could get through. I quit less than halfway and picked up the paperback to read instead.

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    Amazon Customer 07-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Twain's best travel book."

    Twain's writing, as usual, is engaging. His best writing occurs when he is telling stories. Unfortunately, in this book, he spends too much of his time talking about places and things, providing little color to bring the locations to life. He does a much better job of this in 'The Alhambra.' I would pick up a copy of it first.

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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 06-21-17
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 06-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Any Twain is worth the time."

    Enjoyable romp through the Mediterranean and Holy land as only Mark Twain can describe.
    Grover does a great job narrating this book I imagine I am listening to the master story teller myself. I still have some other Twain to work through but found this an enjoyable journey.

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    ThomasBH 11-25-16
    ThomasBH 11-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Young Twain explains Europe to America"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocents Abroad to be better than the print version?

    Grover Gardner speaks with the silky, stinging tone that Twain exudes in this hilarious and enthralling tale of New World-ers meeting the Old World.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocents Abroad?

    The description, and consequent running joke, of the barbers in Europe that Twain and company suffer through was a delight.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is no scene were Twain seems to become truly awed at his surroundings, as the majestic as they might be. The company's meeting with the Tsar of Russia, however, lends a sense of genuine, cordial affection of Twain of this kind monarch.


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

    No, goodness no. Twain must be sampled and sipped, else one becomes intoxicated with his biting wit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TammySPFL 07-08-16
    TammySPFL 07-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I laughed out loud."
    What did you love best about The Innocents Abroad?

    This is Twain at his sharpest. Treat yourself. Listen to this one.


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

    Grover Gardner is the best audio book performer I have listened to, hands down. He understands what he is reading, and he nails the satire. He made me wish it would never end.


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    Charlie Maguire Westmeath Ireland 07-08-16
    Charlie Maguire Westmeath Ireland 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb"

    Superb book. Loved it. Mark Twain is a master words smith. His wit, scepticism and honestly is hilarious and wonderful. This book is as relevant and entertaining now as it was in 1869. Maybe even more so now.

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    Brandon 07-07-16
    Brandon 07-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "It's good to know tourism hasn't changed"

    Or at least hasn't gotten any worse in 150 years.

    Twain is able to walk the balance between silly jokes of the hardships of the journey, and detailed and heartfelt descriptions of the amazing sights and places he visited on the voyage.

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    Steve Means Albany, CA United States 07-01-16
    Steve Means Albany, CA United States 07-01-16
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    "Several belly-laughs"

    Mark Twain was one of the greatest humorists ever, but there's plenty of serious material here as well. Samuel C comes off a bit arrogant in places, but I would forgive that of any great writer. Punchy non-fiction that makes one ponder. Excellent reading as well.

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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 12-27-15
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 12-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very interesting look at travel abroad in 1867"

    I enjoyed this book tremendously! No bad language, no sex scenes, but plenty of cutting wit from Mark Twain about lands afar and folks we probably know here.

    If you are looking for a politically correct read, avoid this one, because Twain wasn't PC even in his time, and certainly is far, far from it for our time. Maybe that's why I enjoyed the book so much. It was a breath of fresh air.

    He said what he thought regardless of the propriety of his opinion. And, he so often wraps it up into his wry sense of humor. Made me laugh.
    Made me gasp. Syrian women who veil their faces and leave their breasts bare? Really?

    There is a lot of very interesting historical information in this book.

    Grover Garland reads this story well and I especially enjoyed his slaughtering of the French phrases. Evidently he said it just like the pilgrims did, as the French couldn't understand their spoken French either.

    I suppose what surprised me and touched me most was Twain's clear understanding and knowledge of the Bible and biblical principles. He is clearly no stranger to Bible study, but he is an outspoken observer of those of us who proclaim to believe, the "pilgrims" in this book. Makes you think, makes you know you need to watch how you walk.

    Great book, great lessons .Great humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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