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Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an excursion into boyhood, a return to simple, rural Missouri world of Tom Sawyer, his friends Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher and Aunt Polly. It is a world of summertime and hooky, of pranks and punishments, of villains and adventure, seen through the eyes of a boy who might have been the young Mark Twain himself.
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  • Scott
  • Pavilion, NY, United States
  • 06-30-12

MOST OF THE BOOK IS MISSING!!!

What disappointed you about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

I purchased the unabridged version (Wil Wheaton performing), I checked and checked that it was unabridged. But when I listened to it, more than half of the book is just missing.

Would you recommend The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but not this version.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yes, disappointment that I haven't gotten my money back as I did not receive what I purchased.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Louis
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 05-16-12

Wil Wheaton is perfect as a young rascal

This is Tom Sawyer; anything less than a 5 is arrogant.

Wil Wheaton has made his name as an author and Interner pioneer--he understands the frontier, the tricks, the risks and whims and the smirk in his voice is perfect for another soft-hearted romantic charlatan, Tom Sawyer.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Presently Unimpressed with the Legacy of this Book

I could be wrong and it's only my opinion, but I'm not really a fan of this book. I did listen twice and did enjoy it more the second time. It is a cute, coming-of-age story that reminds me of some of the shenanigans attempted by my friends and me during our youth.

It's worth a listen as a "classic" just to know where literature has its roots, but I don't know if I'll listen or read it again.

I usually listen at 3x speed and did so on my first pass, but slowed it down on my second listen attempting to appreciate it more (that did work). Wil Wheaton is one of my all-time favorite narrators and he was great with this reading (however, I prefer him in science fiction e.g., Ready Player One, Armada, Masters of Doom).

Over the last year I've been reading the classics, some I've thoroughly enjoyed (Twenty Thousand League Under the Sea) and others I haven't even been able to finish (Moby Dick). In all I've listened to three dozen "classics" and I'm split a little more than 50/50 with scholarly consensus on "being great" or "must reads". Which is why we should just read these books instead of counting on reviews like this.

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Classic

I love this book. I like Wil Wheaton. The two combined ain't the greatest but I'll take it

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Love Wil Wheaton but...

I have loved everything Will Wheaton has narrated, up until this. His voice is to modern, too clean to make it believable. He does the accents, and they aren't bad, but the narration between the dialogue sounds so very modern that it takes you entirely out of the scene. Even the pacing is off.

Love you Will, but I think historical southern is not your strong suit.

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  • SRMoon
  • 04-22-16

Very good book for long journey

Any additional comments?

This is what my son had to say after listening to this audio book: I am 10years old and picked this book for something to do on a long car journey. I picked it because I enjoy Will Wheaton's show on Youtube. He has a good voice and I liked his accents for the people in the story.