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Publisher's Summary

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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  • chris
  • Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • 10-08-04

Excellent from beginning to end

Wow. This was brilliantly written from beginning to end. One of the most enjoyable books I've read in ages. Mark Twain is a true master of the English language and the craft of storytelling. The characters were consistently written and amusing to watch. He can wring humor from small turns of phrase and loads his writing with irony. Some of the funniest scenes were detailed descriptions of mundane things that every reader can relate to.

I thought the narrator did a terrific job. His was not just narration -- it was a vocal performance. His voice for Aunt Polly wasn't too convincing, but male narrators never do women well. Aunt Polly wasn't in much of the book past the first few chapters anyway. His other voices were excellent.

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  • Terry
  • Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-16-04

Great story but not well told

I'm glad we got Huck Fin first as if this was the first one we got, I doubt we would have bothered. Get Huck Fin - skip this one.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • Turlock, CA, USA
  • 12-09-05

Dissapointing

This is probably the worst audiobook I've ever listened to. While some of the voices were pretty good, (I rather liked Aunt Polly and Tom's voices,) I never would have immagined that anyone would render Huck's voice to be so winy, or Becky's voice to be so "breathy". The voices simply did not fit the characters. I'm sure Samuel Clemens was not intending the independent, free spirit of Huck to viewed as a wimpering coward. But this reading will leave that impression. I'd rather just read this book to myself than listen to the audio.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Fletcher
  • Los Angeles, California
  • 12-31-05

Not for everyone's ears..

The narrator is a well-known (in the voice business, anyway) voice actor who's done a lot of cartoon work. The effort involved in keeping the story clear to follow and engaging without the benefit of a lot of "speech tags" (i.e., "Tom said", "Becky said") is not inconsiderable-- there's a reason the narrator is so well-respected. I really did enjoy his performances, though I do think they lacked drama in some places.
It's definitely worth listening to if you have an appreciation for good acting work (especially voice acting)-- others may prefer a more conventional read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful