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Author and humorist Mark Twain (whose real name was Samuel Clemens) is best known for his novels "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Originally published in 1892, when Mark Twain was 57 years old, this book is an account of the novelist's life, works, and humor.

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Many Quotes Brought Out Twain's Style of Humor

I loved the glimpse into Twain's life and brand of dry humor and satire! Good narration as well giving a slow characteristic pace whenever the narrator quotes Twain.

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Worth a listen for its historical context

This really is just a sketch--not a complete biography. The author was Samuel Clemens' nephew--a journalist. He is deferential, of course, and you're not going to get any insights into Samuel Clemens' depressions or investment woes but there are nuggets here, if only by reading between the lines.
One thing though about the performance: this piece is heavy on quotes from Sam Clemens, and while the author mentions his drawl, the narrator takes it to extremes when interpreting the quotes. I know there are no known recordings of Clemens' speech, but there is a recording of the actor William Gillette (who grew up next-door to the adult Clemens) doing an impression of him and, yes, there's a drawl but the pace is nowhere near as extreme as this sounds. Quotes are woven through this whole work (with a whole chapter of them tacked on at the end), so my recommendation is just crank the listening speed up to 1.25x.