The idyllic boyhood shared by Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn has been just a memory. Time has passed and now, as adults, they are thrust into the worst sectional violence America has ever witnessed, a precursor of the Civil War, between abolitionist, activists, and pro-slavery proponents. A new time of mistrust, murder, and mayhem is the new norm.
In this atmosphere of division and chaos, one bad decision changes their lives forever. They must depend on each other now more than any other time in their lives, because everything they know and love has been swept away. As Confederate soldiers in this most trying time, loyalty to each other is all they have.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Overall, this is an enjoyable book. I don't know that a lot is added to the story by using the fictional characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I would think that any random fictional duo would have allowed us an interesting peak at this time in U.S. history. But, if nothing else it helps get out attention to notice the book in the first place.
What did you like best about this story?
The personalities and idiosyncrasies of the main characters shine through in the story. The author does a good job with character development. Also, everything is described clearly and in ways that seem possible or plausible- something that many novelist don't do as nicely.
What about Neal Vickers’s performance did you like?
Mr Vickers delivered an expert performance. Changing pitch, tone and dialect with ease as the conversations jumped from one person to another, was done with expert aplomb.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The chief protagonists (on the Union side, as you might infer) are involved in some very memorable scenes. The author paints wonderfully realistic scenarios in these instances of high drama.
Any additional comments?
A good book accounting life in and around the Civil War. My biggest complaint is the end of the novel didn't let us step off at the end of some sort of resolution. Of course, we realize going in that this is Volume 1. I just prefer that my books and movies don't feel like they are cut-off in mid stride. However, I don't consider this a reason to miss this book.
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Tom and Huck, now men in their twenties, join the Confederate Army in a strange bid to get to California and the Gold Rush. This book did not speak of Tom and Huck as young men to me. The characters were not recognizable in this story. Tom doesn't sweet talk anybody into anything and Huck is far from the carefree spirit that we got to know as children. It is a good rendition of what daily life was like for the poor men who joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War. It goes a little sideways towards the end and detours into a bizarre scene between Frederick Douglass and a fake abolitionist.
The narration by Neal Vickers, on the other hand, was quite good and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him tell this tale. His southern, Missouri, and northern accents were all believable and his Huck was very good. He did nothing to distract from the story although he also did nothing to make the storyline more intelligible, either. I listened on 1.5 speed.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, it seemed to go no where and the characters didn't ring true.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator sounded like he was struggling with the accents and dialogue.
Any additional comments?
I tried to get into this book. I recently reread both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. This book just didn't ring true for the characters. That probably prejudiced me against the story. I just couldn't see or hear those characters in this book.
I couldn't listen long enough to get a good feel for what the story was about, so I can't really comment on its quality. I made it about an hour into the book and looking at the length and knowing it was volume one, I turned it off. Maybe I'll take another run at it some other time.
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If you could sum up Tom & Huck: The Civil War Years, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?
Tom and Huck are adults and are Confederate soldiers during The War of Northern / Southern Aggression. The U.S. Civil War. This is Volume One. I noticed on Amazon Author's page a second volume will be released soon.
What other book might you compare Tom & Huck: The Civil War Years, Volume 1 to and why?
In my bizarre mind, similarities to Thomas Berger's Little Big Man. Epic, beloved characters in historic times. To some extent of the Shaaras' collective Civil War works.
Which character – as performed by Neal Vickers – was your favorite?
Neal Vickers did an admirable job. Great pace, unique voice to individual characters and wasn't "overboard". All good things in my audiobook reading.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Clemens meets Michael and Jeff Shaara
Any additional comments?
This was an enjoyabe book read well by a very good narrator. Thank you for making it available for review.This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com