The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain
Read by Grover Gardner

6.83 Hours 01/01/2007 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” Booklist
“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.” KLIATT

Reviews

Reviews

by Kathi 9/13/2017
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Great Classic

This 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!
by Greg 9/13/2017
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It's a classic... It's Mark Twain... 'nuf said.

This 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.
by Brian 9/13/2017
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Really Good Production

It'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.
by putaka 9/13/2017
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nice

this is good!! i love your site. and music and everything!!!
by Alan1 9/13/2017
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A Well Read Classic

First 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.

by Julie1 9/13/2017
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Loved it

Was not sure what to expect with this but found it to be easy listening with both suspenseful and entertaining chapters. Great author, beautiful narration. Could easily listen to over and over.
by Jonathan 9/13/2017
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Grover Gardner is THE voice for Twain.

Being a fan of Grover Gardner's work, I believe he is at his finest when narrating Mark Twain. Gardner captures both the easy-going nature of Tom as well as the drama of the story in a most engaging fashion. Yes, the story is wonderful, told by multitudes of storytellers, but I prefer Gardner's spinning of this classic tale. I believe Samuel Clemens would approve.
by Benjamin-Blue 9/13/2017
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Great Voices!

Again Grover Gardner does an excellent job! This book is a classic, and I say G.G. does it justice.
by Keith 9/13/2017
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A masters story, masterfully told.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has been around a while, capturing the imaginations of children and adults alike, and ensuring its pertinence going into the next generation of children's books. But how can you make a great book even greater? You have Grover Gardner read it!! Giving the characters personalities and voices I could only match in my mind, he brings a believable quality to the story that makes it hard to put down.
I enjoyed this book...again, but give much credit to Mr. Gardner, for bringing the book to life, and for making me believe he enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed listening.
by CY 9/13/2017
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The Best Audio Version of Tom Sawyer EVER!!!

Whenever I hear Grover read a Mark Twain book it feels as if Mr. Twain is reading the book himself. Grover's voice fits in so well with these stories. They are a must listen for anyone who likes listening to audiobooks. I've heard a couple of other versions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and in my opinion this is the best one EVER produced.
by Holly 9/13/2017
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Perfect narrator for a fun tale

Grover Gardner is such a gifted narrator. His accents, inflections, and voices are spot on. He made this such a fun listen. The story is probably familiar to most, so I won't bore anyone with those details. I'll just say that this is a fun Southern romp from a master of wit and storytelling.

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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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 6.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English