• The Mysterious Stranger

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of Mark Twain’s classic tales, a small band of boys in a medieval village make friends with a very real angel whose name is Satan. He assures the boys that he’s not The Satan, but his nephew. He looks like a boy of their own age, but his magical powers and unusual perspectives on morals and mankind leave the boys amazed and bewildered. 

Mark Twain never finished this story to his own satisfaction, after several attempts. In 1916, his biographer and friend Albert Bigelow Paine, with fellow author Frederick Duneka, added an evil astrologer and devised an ending, and published the version which is here presented. Considered by Mark Twain scholars to be a fraud due to the additions and changes, it is nevertheless a moving and satisfying story. 

Narrated by Richard Henzel, who has been portraying Mark Twain on stage and screen for over 50 years.  

Public Domain (P)2019 Richard Henzel/Jennie Henzel

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A good read

Historical context aside, it's a good listen! Brings up a lot of tough questions that will stick with you.

there is some background chatter around chapter 8, which is a little spooky (especially in a book with a character named Satan) and the last chapter's audio quality bounces around a bit.

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High School

I would not have minded reading this in high school. This know why most people would not have wanted this to be read, but I think it would be better than most other books that influenced our young minds.

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Always a favorite I

I have enjoyed this story for decades. He performer is a bit halting in his cadence but still very good.

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Exceptional.

The title says it all. I really liked the ending. I only wish I had someone to talk about it with. I'll puzzle over it by myself for a while.

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I'm gonna have an existential crisis

it was amazing but damn : ( I recommend 100% though it truly is a masterpiece

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😬

Deinitely disturbing
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Realistically not far-fetched 👍





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