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Who could forget the pranks, the adventures, the sheer fun of Tom Sawyer? From Tom’s sly trickery with the whitewashed fence to his and Becky Thatcher’s calamities in Bat Cave, the enjoyment never ends.
Just what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly said of Tom when she believed him to be dead, “He was the best-hearted boy that ever was.” Aunt Polly’s sentiments reveal one of Mark Twain’s cardinal philosophies: In this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a humorous and nostalgic book depicting the carefree days of boyhood in a small Midwestern town. The characters are based on Twain’s schoolmates and the town, Hannibal, Missouri, is where Twain grew up.
“Gardner’s reading of Twain’s classic convinces us why certain titles remain in the pantheon of must-reads (and must-listens). Gardner’s resonant tones roll over the rich, extensive vocabulary, almost as if Twain himself were telling the story. He reads the varying country dialects in a natural manner, conveying Tom’s spunkiness and quick wit…the delightful audio enables kids to enjoy this compelling tale, which might seem daunting in book form.”
“The hero is one of the most endearing in literature.”
Daily Telegraph (London)
“More than a book for boys, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, with its rich native humor and shrewd observations of human character, is an idyll of American village life, of that quiet age that had already vanished when Mark Twain re-created St. Petersburg from memories of his own boyhood...[Twain’s] service as delightful entertainment to generation of American youngsters is equaled only by his influence on such twentieth-century admirers as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway.”
Masterpieces of World Literature
“Confirms the profoundest wishes of the heart.”
Christopher Morley, American journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has the truth of honesty—what it says about things and feelings is never false and always both adequate and beautiful.”
Lionel Trilling, American literary critic
“Twain intended his novel not just as a book for the young, but as a piece of nostalgia for the young at heart…Gardner’s performance is designed to realize Twain’s intent…He makes listeners pay attention to the words as well as the action. It’s a relatively quiet reading—homey—as if told in retrospect by one’s grandfather…His forte is interpretation.”
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Great ClassicMarch 19, 2016This is an all time great classic for all ages. Since it is being censored left and right in schools due to language in it (racially) I recommend everyone grab a copy for themselves while it is available. It is an extremely fun book which I enjoy reading over and over again. The reader does a wonderful job with the story!
It's a classic... It's Mark Twain... 'nuf said.August 20, 2015This is the Adventures of Tom Sawyer... I remember reading part of this as a kid and didn't get some of it at that time. This re-read was fun and I caught some things that were missed as a child. I enjoyed the slang, the thoughts of the kids and their lack of responsibility; oh to be a kid again. I wonder how some of the grew up... I'm sure there is a story out there but as Mr. Twain said, that would not have been a story of a child's adventures.
Really Good ProductionJanuary 8, 2015It's Twain. I don't know what else I can say about him and his importance to American literature that hasn't been said already. I think I personally like Huckleberry Finn better but Tom Sawyer is still a solid piece of work and well worth reading/listening. The narration was spectacular, the southern accent is difficult enough to do but Grover does a fantastic job with both male and female voices and differentiating characters. I received this book for free but if I hazard to pay for an audio version I believe this one would be worth the money.
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A Well Read ClassicJune 23, 2013First of all Grover Gardiner does a splendid job of reading this Mark Twain Classic. He avoids the trap of trying to create and remember a lot of different voices for the characters. He just lets the story speak for itself, which it does quite well. I was quite happy to sit or walk and listen to Mr. Gardiner's reading, which never became dull, or boring.
Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.
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- Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
- Genre: Fiction/Classics
- ISBN-13: 9781455190447