The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain
Read by Tom Parker

9.37 Hours 01/01/1992 unabridged
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Huck Finn is an orphaned drifter who loves freedom more than respectability. He isn’t above lying and stealing, but he faces a battle with his conscience when he meets up with a runaway slave named Jim, who provides him with his first experiences of love, acceptance, and a sense of responsibility. The title character of this famous novel tells his own story in a straightforward narrative laced with shrewd, sharp comments on human nature. The boy’s adventures along the Mississippi River provide a framework for a series of moral lessons, revelations of a corrupt society, and contrasts between innocence and hypocrisy. The colorful cast of characters—including the crafty grifters, the Duke and the King—help make this a memorable classic.

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 Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Huck Finn is an orphaned drifter who loves freedom more than respectability. He isn’t above lying and stealing, but he faces a battle with his conscience when he meets up with a runaway slave named Jim, who provides him with his first experiences of love, acceptance, and a sense of responsibility.

The title character of this famous novel tells his own story in a straightforward narrative laced with shrewd, sharp comments on human nature. The boy’s adventures along the Mississippi River provide a framework for a series of moral lessons, revelations of a corrupt society, and contrasts between innocence and hypocrisy. The colorful cast of characters—including the crafty grifters, the Duke and the King—help make this a memorable classic.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” Ernest Hemingway
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the only one of Mark Twain’s various books which can be called a masterpiece. I do not suggest that it is his only book of permanent interest; but it is the only one in which his genius is completely realized, and the only one which creates its own category.” T. S. Eliot
“The perfect combination of plot and character.” Sting
“Nothing has ever laid me out like the moment in Huckleberry Finn where Huck says, ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell.’ Pure heroism and friendship. It’s so rare to see that in real life that that sentence is, technically, science fiction.” Patton Oswalt
“A seminal work of American literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul.” Amazon.com editorial review
“Excels in sheer beauty…Tom Parker contributes a resonant announcer’s baritone, superb technique, musical expressiveness, and a fond, intelligent understanding. He is less a narrator here than a storyteller, one of the best this reviewer has heard…Of the half dozen recorded renditions I’ve auditioned, this is the one that best expresses the brilliance of Twain’s rendering of dialect and a rural boy’s sensibility.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Amanda12 9/13/2017
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Great narration

I am a teacher, and I used this in class while students followed along. Grover Gardner is exceptionally adept at handling the accents, which can pose a challenge to students and teachers alike while reading out loud. He also captures the satirical humor through his reading in a subtle but impactful way.
by Brian 9/13/2017
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Fantastic Novel, Fantastic Performance!

A wonderful novel by Mark Twain. I had read it some 25 years ago for school and remembered liking it a lot. Since I was provided this for free when Downpour had their free audiobook of the month, I decided I should be thankful for such a gift and revisit it after all of these years. I am so glad I did.

The story is much more mature than The Adventures of Tom Sawyer which is more about young boys and girls playing make believe where as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains deeper philosophical themes concerning the right of man to be free, even in light of society's beliefs that all men are not created for or deserving of freedom.

I was a little worried when Tom Sawyer showed up toward the end as the book began to revert back to some of the writing style of the Sawyer book, but Twain did not disappoint and brought it back on track for a fantastic ending. Like I said, this book is much more complex than the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and one can definitely see the maturing of Twain's talents as a writer between the two.
As for narration, it is unbelievable what Tom Parker does with all of the accents and dialects of each character. By the way, I'm not sure why it says Grover Gardener narrates this version, it is actually Tom Parker. I thought Mr. Gardener did a knock out job with the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but Tom Parker takes it to a whole different level with this performance.

This is a must read/listen for anybody looking to explore great American literature.
by Jackie 9/13/2017
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Great Narration

I was very pleased with the narration. It was a pleasure to revisit old friends and live the adventures all over again.

Author

Author Bio: Mark Twain

Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens (1835–1910), was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal on the west bank of the Mississippi River. He attended school briefly and then at age thirteen became a full-time apprentice to a local printer. When his older brother Orion established the Hannibal Journal, Samuel became a compositor for that paper and then, for a time, an itinerant printer. With a commission to write comic travel letters, he traveled down the Mississippi. Smitten with the riverboat life, he signed on as an apprentice to a steamboat pilot. After 1859, he became a licensed pilot, but two years later the Civil War put an end to the steam-boat traffic.

In 1861, he and his brother traveled to the Nevada Territory where Samuel became a writer for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, and there, on February 3, 1863, he signed a humorous account with the pseudonym Mark Twain. The name was a river man’s term for water “two fathoms deep” and thus just barely safe for navigation.

In 1870 Twain married and moved with his wife to Hartford, Connecticut. He became a highly successful lecturer in the United States and England, and he continued to write.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 9.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English