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The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life along the banks of the Mississippi, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s - its dialects, superstitions, and social values. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be. In his unabridged reading of the American classic, actor Patrick Fraley crafts 36 authentic "voices" to represent the wide range of Twain's delightful characters.
(P)1995 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.

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Great story and narator

Where does The Adventures of Tom Sawyer rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

It is deservedly a classic, great story well read. Among my favorites and one I would look forward to listening to again.

What does Patrick Fraley bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Good character differentiations, good emotion.

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

If I could

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  • Jeff
  • Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-20-12

A JOY...FOR SOME KIDS AS WELL

I just loved this and Huck finn so much!!! My kids couldnt stand them ,they wouldnt even give them a chance,- but I had the best good time !!
I highly recommend these for adults. Narration on this and huck finn by same publisher are excellent.

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  • Charles
  • Kirkwood, MO, United States
  • 03-05-12

timeless

Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer again? Why?

a tale that never gets old.

What other book might you compare The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to and why?

Huck Finn

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

first time

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

more entertained than moved

Any additional comments?

good for all ages

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Yep, it;s good

Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer again? Why?

Yes, growing up in a different age, I could so relate to the adventures depicted in this classic story.

What about Patrick Fraley’s performance did you like?

The accents, the enthusiasm, the subtle humor were all so very well interpreted.

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  • Ann
  • LOVELAND, CO, United States
  • 03-10-11

Such a great tale!

This book caught my heart and held my attention from the first word. Wonderfully narrated by Patrick Fraley, his multi-personalitied voice captured each character wonderfully. His impressions of young girls reading poetry had me in riots of tears on my long trips home as I commute from work. I looked forward to the traffic days and almost felt deprived on the days the commute was smooth. Download this book. It is a story that will stay in your heart.

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A delight

"Tom Sawyer" is one of those books that almost everyone in America is forced to read growing up. Somehow I avoided that assignment, but managed to stumble across it years later. I'm glad that I read it on my own instead of being assigned it. Reading it for my own pleasure was a delight. Some of the plot lines and gags are cliche, but in listening to the various sections I got the impression that the masterful implementation of those plot lines and gags in books like "Tom Sawyer" are why the same plot lines and gags are continually mined for comedic gold.

A delightful and quick read. I was disappointed when it ended.

As for the reader, I cannot compare him to the other readers of "Tom Sawyer," but I thought that he had a solid blend of folksy-ism and enthusiasm.

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  • Scott
  • martinsburg, WV, USA
  • 01-10-09

The Adventure of Tom Sawyer

I don't know how I never read this as a child, but it was worth the wait. I enjoyed the colorful and imaginative experiences the explored

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A Classic

Great book, great narration! In the beginning, I feared that the somewhat antiquated American language would turn the kids off, but they quickly got used to it, and now both author and narrator have a 55-year-old woman and 12- and 9-year-old boys hanging on their every word. Warning to parents: The N-word is used frequently, but it belongs to the book, and I think adults should explain to the kids that people used that word back then--my kids were a little shocked (especially since we had talked about Don Imus and his racial slurs) until I explained it to them. It's a good opportunity to show how attitudes change, and that people who held such attitudes back then shouldn't be judged according to our 21st-century views. And it's also a good opportunity to show what doesn't change: children's scrapes and silliness, playing hooky, human degradation and human kindness.
I'm writing this before we've gotten to the part where the boys go downriver with Jim--I can hardly wait to see how the boys react to that, but I wanted to take this opportunity to go ahead and praise this audiobook.

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What a pleasure

Patrick Fraley has Mark Twain's wit and style down to a tee! He brought the characters to life. I felt like I was at the theater, listening to a narrator between scenes. I enjoyed this one so much I am getting his version of Huckleberry Finn.

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Acceptable

The book itself is, of course, a true classic and a great read. I found it especially interesting to contrast the character of "Tom" with today's children, and our "ritalin epidemic." Tom was misunderstood by the common society and adults of his time, and based on how we treat modern children with similar characteristics as Tom, clearly we still haven't figured him out.

The narrator was neither exceptional nor horrible; he did an acceptable job. I would be interested to compare this reading to others, as there are apparently quite a few available.

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