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Professor of English at Indiana State University and the author of the literary biography Mark Twain: Man in White, Michael Shelden is the perfect candidate to lead this series of lectures on one of the most important—and most influential—of all American authors. From Twain’s early history through his landmark achievements and the defining moments of his extraordinary life, Shelden imparts a learned understanding of both the man and his astounding body of work.

©2010 Andrew Garman (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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Flat delivery, great content

This is by far one of the more satisfying biographical treatments of Mark Twain available on Audible. Michael Shelden relates the high points of Twain’s life and career, and along the way provides passionate and sometimes moving analyses of his major works.

Unfortunately his delivery is flat, so much so that it took me a long time to get around to listening to it all the way through. What I found is that his voice grew on me, and I was able to focus on the content and stop thinking about the unemotional (and sometimes repetitive) way it was presented.

Shelden knows what he’s talking about. He wrote one of the best books available about the later years of Mark Twain, Man in White, also available on Audible (and fortunately with a better narrator who is able to do justice to the book). Despite Shelden’s weakness as a speaker, this is definitely worth a listen.

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INSTRUCTIVE OVERVIEW OF LIFE AND WORK

These 14 half-hour talks are presented in quiet way that lets the words and ideas speak for themselves.

Highly recommended to those who want to know more about this important American author.

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perfect

What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Mark Twain the most enjoyable?

Felt like the author knew him and is just telling about a friend.

What did you like best about this story?

Followed a distinct timeline.

Any additional comments?

The author/performer is pretty soft spoken, but it was alright. Just made me pay that much more attention.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful